Sunday, 17 November 2013

Student Gifts

Once upon a time, I was at a point in my life where I was too poor to buy one of my amigos a birthday present. So, I had to improvise. My advantage point was knowing that all of friends had this thing (most people do; Dean Winchester, guilty) where they favour, because obsess is slightly too stalker-y a word for me, a famous person/TV character. This particular friend's happened to be Damon Salvatore. They also had this thing about drawing each other presents. I jumped on the bandwagon and sometimes, I regret it. Now I'm a student, I'm always poor so I thought I'd share some of the sketches I've done over the past 2-3 years.
This A2 sketch was the outcome of that, the sketch that started it all. I'll admit, I had forgot how much I actually enjoyed sketching then (GCSE art tends to do that to a person) but when I started I might have gotten a little carried away. I spent a good 12 hours on it. I was pretty proud of it, although I cringe every time I see that hand on his stomach and I itch to go back and re-do it but alas it doesn't belong to me anymore. I think that was another thing that really got to me once I'd finished it. I'd put a lot of, forgive the expression, soul into it and it threw me out of the loop when I gave it away. It was almost the One Ring to my Gollum. Isn't that a scary thought?
So to get over my heartache, I drew some more...
Avengers had just came out in cinema, I couldn't resist. I did originally draw this for myself but it now belongs to my 4-year-old superhero obsessed nephew because I can't deny him anything. He's slowly wriggling an entire Marvel collection out of me.

This was last years Christmas present. I'm still thinking of adding a bit of background and colour, it feels empty. James Bond was for my sister but I regret everything about this sketch, not only the quality because I was slightly burned out last Christmas for drawing but also that her Daniel Craig phase passed so quickly. Next time, maybe this Christmas if the urge hits me, she's getting a Dean Winchester. I know that's a phase that won't pass for a long time coming.
And Damon Salvatore strikes again! I really started to get sick of his face to be honest. I put a ban on Salvatore sketches because of it. I'm thinking of lifting that ban come new years, its been over a year. Anyway, even though I hate his face now, I think my favourite thing about this is the splash of blue for his eyes. I'm not too fond of the shoulder of his shirt or the accidental shadow on his nose that makes him look like he has a double nostril but you live and you learn right?
That's all the sketches I've managed to get pictures of. I really should keep a record or something. You should try it out though, it'll eat up 6 or so hours of your time but if you're short on money and have friends and family like mine, it's a life saver.
Until the next time...

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Kids Are Like Dr Seuss

So basically, kids are weird.

Our lecturer sent out a handful of 11 second sound clips to a group of first school children to listen to. They pick a sound clip and create a character based on the clip they chose. Then, we come in. We make that character animate-able but as close to the original drawing as possible before we animate them to the sound clip. My kid, sent me this back -

Now, when I said kids are weird, I meant AWESOME weird! Not only does she have wings, but look at that chimney. Look at it. And that sun makes me happy. Saying this though, I was slightly confused to how she made the connection between a man shouting about playing a video game to a girl with wings and a house with an amazing chimney. But hey, it was a challenge. So I began my quest.

I put as many different ideas down as I could think of before I decided to choose one. There was a lot of builds I would have preferred to animate but eventually I chose the bottom right one but it still needed a few adjustments. The eyes need to be closer together and the wings more round, like a butterfly.

Now the character is finalised its time to draw a few hands, because it can only help.

Before I moved on the action and expression sheets I thought it'd be best to draw out my turn around first and pick my colours.

Then finally, we move on to the expression sheets!

I thought about the character in regards to the sound clip and took out the key characteristics before I decided on expressions. The character in the clip is energetic but still seems to hold a certain amount of naivety and that type of frankness that all kids have so I decided she'd be very bold and exaggerated in her movements and expressions.

Now onto the action sheets!

The hair, if anything, was a pain for me to draw. I think it has something to do with the hairline but it took me a while to get used to drawing it and that is why in certain drawings it could look slightly off. I am, overall, quite pleased with how this turned out.

I do have to say though, my favourite part of this character is the wings. Not when I think about animating them (yikes) but I like the way they look. With a glass texture and 60% opacity; I like.

So this is my progress so far, and I'll leave the animatic of what I have geniously named 'Head in the Clouds' until I post the full rough animation.