Thursday, 6 October 2011

Justin Wyatts after class task

Justin set us an after class task to produce some structure character designs. In class i struggled with characters who had clothes that hide their body shapes. So with these drawings i went back to basics and tried to keep them simple and make sure that i had all of the forms correct.

I still feel that with some practice i can improve greatly, as some of these drawings are still no quite right.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Group Project: High School Revenge

As our trailer is about a horror in a school, i thought about what the school might look like. After completing this image i realised that the school may not look this creepy. However after the main characters terror begins it could possibly leave the school deserted and possibly abandoned.

Maybe when the first scene opens, the camera can pan round looking at the entrance to the school and then closes in on the crowd to the main character.

Character Design With Justin Wyatt: Lesson 3

Today's class covered a wide range of helpful tips to go towards my overall drawing skills. I especially enjoyed gaining Justins experience with regards to the form and shape of my characters.

We were given a choice of famous cartoon characters, and had the task of drawing them in their simplest shapes, without putting in too much detail. The first character i picked was Mr. Incredible. He is a pretty standard, superman type character, however after trying to draw him just on his basic shapes i have realised that getting the basic shapes down for any character is essential.

The first drawing i did was far too quick and i didn't really pay attention to his form or stance, hence why the muscle shapes are in the wrong place and the actual core shapes needed aren't there. The second sketch in my opinion was a lot better, it had all of the key circles and lines, and this helped me to get the body shape a lot more accurate.

The second character i had a go at was Penfold from Dangermouse. Now with this character i had a lot more trouble. I'm not sure if it was due to his clothing, body shape or just his stance. But after both sketches i still felt i could have done better. Especially with his legs, i couldn't get them quite right. However with Justin setting us the task of sketching some structures of our own, im hoping that my drawings will improve.

The Final Script for 'Mythological Arabian Nights'

After speaking with Justin in the third installment of his classes, i have come away knowing the core of my story, all i need to do now is smooth out some of the finer details, which shouldn't be too difficult.

Mythological Arabian Nights

The story follows Nadir, an Arabian thief from the city of Petra. Who has the worst luck in his thieving attempts, until one night he hits the jackpot of finding a hidden passage inside the cities temple. It leads him to a lost city underneath Petra. There he finds a room full of treasure, as he is wading through the gold, jewels and armour, he spots a gleaming bracelet sitting just above the surface of all the gold coins. The bracelet is about the size of his forearm, encrusted with brilliant gems and finished with blinding silver.

As he lifts it up to his face, the light from the passage shines onto the gems and luminates the room, showing all of the wonders. He fills his sack with armour, weapons, coins and jewelry and sneaks back to his slums. There he pulls out the bracelet, his eyes fixated on the amazing object glistening in the light. He unlocks the claps and puts it around his arm, as he closes the lock a bright flash of light fills the area. Standing just before him is a figure dressed in white, unable to see their face as the light is so bright.

The figure tells Nadir that because he is the finder of the bracelet and has put it on, it is he who must embark on a quest to return the bracelet to its true home, at the top of Mount Penglai in China. However he also tells Nadir of the dangers that come with this journey, telling Nadir that Hades himself wants the bracelet, which is Zeus' lost through the war of the God's long ago. If it gets into the hands of Hades, then he could control all of the worlds, above and below.

Before releasing him to the quest he also tells Nadir to go to the top of Tiahuanaco, Bolivia to find his guide, who is an old wise centaur. But when Nadir does get to Bolivia, he finds not such a wise centaur, but an overweight, geriatric lazy one. As they commence the quest over sea, sand, mountain, forest, they are visited by the messenger who they find out is Hermes. Telling them that Hades has sent numerous monsters and beings to stop them and retrieve the bracelet. He also tells them that when worn the bracelet will give Nadir greater size strength and skill, making him almost godlike.

Nadir dressed in his armour found from the treasure along with his centaur guide begin their quest to return the bracelet to the mountains of Penglai.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Sidekick Character Design: First Ideas

The sidekick for 'Mythological Arabian Nights' is going to be a centaur, but with a slightly different look to the ones seen in films and books in the past. Very similar to the sidekick in hercules, he is going to be an overweight slob. Who takes a while to get into the role assigned to him by the gods of being the guide for Nadir.

During the next week i will hopefully have the facial expressions and actual body shape complete. Then i can start with colour schemes and texture.

Villain Character Design: First Ideas

At the moment i have only sketched an idea for one villain. However there are many villains throughout the story, so i am yet to decide fully on which character i want to use. The ideas i have so far are that of a minotaur, cyclops and hades himself. Obviously if its not hades then they are monsters under his command, being evil and wanting to gain the bracelet. The difference between hades and his monsters would be that hades is the one in charge and is the brains, whereas the monsters dont really have much of a brain and only really take orders. So their characteristics would be clumsy, oafish and just cause havoc.

Villain Idea 1

Villain Idea 2

Hero Character Design: First Ideas

The hero for my story is an Arabian thief from Petra. He is fairly muscular, with rags for clothes. He lives in the slums of the city and struggles to ever find anything worth any value. Until he finds the treasure. This forms a change in him. He finds the set of armour and weapons, along with his bracelet. Also when the magical bracelet is worn it increases Nadir's size in muscles and height, along with power and strength.

Name: Nadir
Height Without Bracelet: 5,9
Height With Bracelet: 6,3
Sex: Male
Hair Colour: Black
Weapons: Dagger, Sword, Magical Bracelet
Armour: Wrist, arm and leg guards. Chest Armour
Clothing Before Bracelet: Tatty Harem pants, vest, keffiyeh (head scarf), sandals, cloak
Clothing After Bracelet: Harem pants, leather boots, keffiyeh, long vest, jacket type cloak, armour and weapons.

During the beginning of the story, Nadir is mistrusting and sly and at the same time a bit of a coward. But when he has the bracelet, he builds from strength to strength and fights his way past his cowardliness and weaknesses. He isn't the smartest, but the bracelet gives him the extra pwers of the gods.