Thursday, 30 April 2015
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Monday, 9 March 2015
Ive saved my progress on this tutorial and will update this post when I return to it.
The animation is derived from french culture and follows the story of a boy named 'Champion' who dreams to win the Tour de France, the journey is wacky, grotesque and its plot is hidden beneath the exploits on screen by the absurd doings of the characters. The humour is quite dark in places and the animation looks to surprise at every turn, becoming quite surreal in places you would expect realism. With almost everything being exaggerated in some form, it keeps the animation fresh in the audiences mind and that being said keeps them glued to the screen.
I would recommend this film to those who enjoy watching humorous grotesque animations, a flair for the theatrical or into the wacky day to days of people who rival the personas of some cult classics such as 'Wacky Racers'.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Thursday, 5 March 2015
From the guide it shows you how the cubes and cylinders become one to form the complete form of the character. Subdividing these cubes and cylinders also indicate where certain additions will be added once more detail has been put onto the character. Using straight lines also outlines the perspective and direction the characters body is facing.
A quick orthographic of Mr Fantastic also gives depth to the design and you can definitely tell from the shapes what parts of the body stick outwards and where the figure cuts in. The lines get darker to show where the figure cuts in on certain parts of the body.
The poses are quite dynamic and they experiment with the flexibility to the characters they are used upon. The drawing starts from the most simplest designs with thin shallow lines and then build up into structures and then the final design.
Monday, 2 March 2015
I have looked at a number of different styles and I have tried working in them. The most of which was the adaptation of styles from Backwater Gospel and the TellTale game series. It was at this point that I drew the following image.
Alan and I discussed this outcome and decided it would be fruitful to look into drawing straight blockier character lines, more like a superhero comic series. So I was prompted to look at 'How to draw like Marvel'. It details everything someone would need incite to before creating the more well known poses and physiques we recognise from Marvel.
Ill be making a blog post soon just following how I drew some of the tasks. I know full well the Good Omens novel doesn't have a link to superhero's but its the decisive straight bold lines that invoke me towards it.
I looked through a wide variety of highly recognisable male actors to produce the spark I need to casting Crowley and placing his character. I wanted a charming smooth talking actor that can flip into becoming quite serious and if needed to be quite evil in nature. Here are the names for the actors from top left to bottom right
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- Zachary Quinto
- Keanu Reeves
- David Tennant
- Robert Downey Jnr
- Ian Sommerholder
- Johnny Depp
- Russell Crowe
I wanted to direct the angel role to an actor who looks clean cut, formative and can be perceived as upper class from the way they speak. Aziraphale is also described to be an eccentric Librarian, a collector of items and because of this I have chosen specifically these characters. I feel that when I look at them they fit the role I personally wish to assign, also the characters they play in some films seems to fit the criteria for the role perfectly. I have chosen to look at;
- David Denham
- Harrison Ford
- Alex Pettyfer
- Martin Freeman
- Paul Bethany
- Jude Law
- Leonardio Di Caprio
- Joseph Gorden-Levitt
Friday, 27 February 2015
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Looking into the art styles of Backwater Gospel in more depth I have taken to the styles well and look to incorporate the style into my own working. These are the planes from the character designs for the Tramp, separate planes that have image planes UV mapped to them and then simply curved round to sculpt the head.
With the front plane there was a grid that displayed all of the tessellation and it seems like the modeling has been done upwards to fill out and form the face. Then it seems like plane is curved from the edges to form round the then would be face.
Then they simply marry up the planes and from what I could derive from it is that the back of the head (hair plane) isn't warped round and is instead pushed up to make a flat back of the skull.
All of the head assets are very low poly with low tessellation, with most of the detail actually coming from the textures instead of the detail made from the model. The mouths are interchangeable and marry up to the facial expressions made by the character.
Monday, 23 February 2015
The Wolf Among Us
The Walking Dead : The Game
Game Of Thrones : The Game
As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.
Bo Mathorne - Director
Arthur Gil Larsen - Animation Lead
Mads Simonsen - Technical director
Thomas Grønlund - Animator
Rie Nymand - Animator
Esben Sloth - Art Director
Martin Holm-Grevy - Environment lead
Tue Toft Sørensen - Animator
Music composed and performed by:
Sons of Perdition
I have combed through everything I could to find out what year that the book 'Good Omens' takes place, it only states what places the book takes us to. So taking this into consideration I thought using the date the book was originally published might be the best point of entry to designing my characters. The book was published May 1st 1990, but I have chosen to look at some British Television police drama examples for inspiration. I am looking to put the characters in a 85-90's environment, I think the following are good examples to designs their costumes into.
British police TV series which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid-1970s starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police.
Life On Mars
After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler (Simm) wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.
This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism
Dogma (1999) Is a comedy, adventure, fantasy written and directed by Kevin Smith. It stars an selection of well known actors/actresses; Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Alan Rickman, Linda Florentino and Salma Hayek. An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter heaven.
The whole comedy factor in the tale is the fact that the antagonists are supposed to be quite angelic in both approach and appearance, but they are far from perfect. Swearing runs amok throughout the film to lighten the 'heavy' tone of religion and keep it as a spoof and something not to be taken seriously. The film even begins with a disclaimer stating not to take it to heart and enjoy the film, every film in a way can upset audiences in some way or another. But doing this, it feels like Kevin Smith could cover his ass while he makes a mockery of the catholic faith.
The characters I look to highlight are Azrael, Bartleby and Loki, some of the films religious deities. Now Bartleby and Loki are the angels who have been sent to earth after a fall out with the big man upstairs, while Azrael is the demon creating havoc and looking to fuel armageddon. Bartleby and Loki are presented as 'a couple of guys' looking to get home. In a way we feel sorry for them and wish they succeed on their pilgrimage, then we find out that because of some stupid thing with reality keeps them away from heaven or all existence must pay. The only thing that the two characters have a connection with their spirituality is the tasks they must complete, they cannot contradict themselves because they are above humanity and therefore can pass divine judgement. Now instead of being presented as very powerful figures, they look quite normal don't they?
Thursday, 19 February 2015
The film itself was divided into two, with one half being the explanation behind the Sanskrit poem Ramayana. The prince of a prestigious kingdom is exiled to the wilderness with his devoted wife Sita. They survive 14 years in the wilds away from society. The second half is related to Paley's own experience with love, her husband was offered a short contract abroad in india and ever since travelling over there they have grown distant from one another. Nina has incorporated an old poem to relate to her own experiences on the matter.
From the transitions between each section there are three illustrated motifs that share their own opinion on the story of Sita. They bring humour into the equation by contradicting the story and giving both modern and contemporary views on the relationships between the characters. The film has both eastern and western influences running throughout, the Bollywood styled dancing and musical sections bring the film back to the Ramayana poem with style and looks to captivate a wider audience than most influenced animations. Overall I recommend this film to people who are interested behind some of india's culture and teachings and those who watch animations with a lighter tone.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Also it would make sense for there to be some form of patterning into his clothing because he is first introduced as a snake to the audience, even down to the fact he hisses his tongue every now and then. I understand that the book explicitly says that he wears all out black attire, but I would like to break the colour into a crimson shade also, because then I could bring another colour into creating Aziraphale.
Monday, 16 February 2015
BBC Radio 4 Part 1 Illustration
As part of the Radio 4 live adaptation of the best-selling novel 'Good Omens', They issued some illustrations to capture key moments from the novel to highlight the significance of each stage to the listeners. In this particular stage its the beginning of the story, so it tells us the origins of the character and the significance of the items they wield.
Dining at the Ritz
In there many encounters together, they tend to go to the more posh and expensive meets. The Ritz is one of these places. It seems fitting for two head honchos for good an evil meet up and sit on opposite ends of the table to discuss how things are.
The steampunk version was different to vision, although it could have taken steps further down that path, with the only plausible links I could see were the animatrons in the pieces. Tackling the style away from realism may give me the originality I desire.
When Crowley and Aziraphale meet it is always to discuss what each other had done to kind of measure egos. But in there meets they seem to be able to tease each other but always seem calm and collected instead of at each others throats, trying to assassinate each others plans. Its like they understand the need for balance.