Sunday, 30 March 2014

Ultimate Image

     So for Business Studies I need to make an Ultimate Image that encompasses what I do and who I am as an artist. I've already done my business card, my CV and Cover letter, and for the past few weeks I've been mucking around with ideas for an Ultimate Image - but nothing came to me. No matter what I did I just kept getting angry at my drawings and throwing them aside, or crumpling them up and just generally getting into a tiff about things. In the end, I decided to pull together some of my favourite drawings from this year and arrange them nicely into some sort of a triangle.
     A few weeks back I drew a design of myself, which was at one point going to be my Ultimate Image.
Here it is: -

     But I felt it was rather bland, and needed something else. So I kept the design, edited it slightly (removed the cat from my shoulder), and put it together with some designs I had done earlier in the year. Two of them were re-designs of older characters I had done in my spare time, and they were my Troll Shaman that I did for my first ever design project, and my Japanese Rapunzel, Mizuki, which was for my major project in first year. Around about November/Christmas time, I decided to re-design them both and give them an updated look. Here you can see them: -


     I also decided to include two of my own characters that I simply drew for fun. I really liked their designs and I thought if arranged in a nice way the picture might look good. So.......... after some sketches here and there, a few more screwed up pieces of paper, and a lot of crying, I came up with a design I liked (I just couldn't decide on colour)

I knew instantly that I didn't like all the colours... so I played around for a few hours changing hues, percentages, layer options, effects, yada, yada, yada...

And I finished with these 3 Designs, near on identical bar a subtle gradient overlayed onto the background characters. Personally I like it - I just can't decide which one to use.... Maybe I'll eni meni mini mo it.... 


Friday, 28 March 2014

The First 36 Shots

     So I've been working my little butt off this week doing a huge array of different pieces of work (Major, Personal, Business and Collaboration), and I've just about managed to squeeze in doing the first 36 shots of my animatic for my Major Project. It's supposed to be a game opening sequence where the audience briefly meets the characters, gets little snippets of information about the world, and is generally supposed to make the player want to play the game. For mine, I'm trying to make it feel a little bit like the opening of Final Fantasy III, only a little shorter. (If you've never seen it, here's the link - )

     So far I've introduced 3 of the 4 major characters - Rukieta, the amnesiac globetrotter;  Khyta, the Cielysian Imperial Knight; and Aeldra, the Princess of Cielysian. The only character left to introduce is Shohail, which will happen in the next few shots!

"The circumstances of ones birth does not define who we are. It is the choices we make; the journey we take; and the life we create. That is what defines us. And with this knowledge, we can defy our own fate."

I still have so much to do....

Business Card

     I'd been playing around with different designs for my business card for business studies for quite a while, but I just couldn't settle on a design. Some where more graphic orientated, using a more detailed drawing, and others were really simplistic. Well, I started working on my Personal Project, and I'd decided to ink it by hand an use watercolour paints instead of colouring it digitally. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do my business card that way too :)

- I was thinking of using the name "Blue Calico" as a business name, but the name has already been taken - sad face :( -

Friday, 21 March 2014

Character Callings

     So I haven't updated for a while, mostly due to having loads of work to do and not much to really show (it feels like I'm going nowhere very fast). I should just concentrate on one of my projects at a time, but it seems like I'm picking at little bits here and there, so there hasn't really been much finished stuff.

     Oh well, I'm back and I have a few more designs for the characters. Here's their "Calling" outfits that will appear in game. I still have two more to finish - Fighter & Assassin - which I'll upload asap. But for now, you have these ones to look at :)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Finalised Characters

     So after a little more playing around with design and colour, I took the rough finals of the characters (which were drawn in pencil), and did a more digital drawing of the four of them. Although they're not shaded yet, this is pretty much their finalised designs/colours.

Original -

Finalised -