Sunday, 15 December 2013

Character Designing: Silver of Silver

These are some initial character designs I have been working on for a Third Year Animation project called 'Silver of Silver'. It's a 2D cut-out style animation. You can see the blog for 'Silver of Silver' here
They gave me the character of the peasant father to work with and were looking for a medieval-style peasant design, heavily influenced by woodcut styles. Below are the designs I have sent to the project leaders for their consideration.

These are the first designs I sent to the project leaders, however they asked for a completely re-designed character, so I continued creating designs:

Cut-out animation sketches

I started this side project a while ago and haven't found time to finish it yet. The top character was drawn in Flash in one of my initial attempts at using the software, she is based from an earlier character I created which you can see on my main art website under 'illustration'.
Following on from this I started to work out in my sketchbook how the character would work as a cut-out. I included the mouth shapes in both front and side view for if I wanted to create some lip sync with her and also various hand and eye poses. On the first page you can see the colour-coded sketch I used to try and work out what order the different cut-out pieces would sit on top of each other.
As I said, I haven't found enough time to dedicate to animating this character yet, and I'm not sure I will as there are many other more essential or exciting projects but I will keep the designs just in case. 

Monday, 9 December 2013

STORYBOARD: Zoo Troop and the Lost Pirate Treasure

I made this storyboard using a provided script for the Storytelling for Animation module of the Animation course. Over Christmas I'll be making an animatic using this storyboard - in doing so I'm planning on improving a couple of things in the storyboard I made, such as cleaning up the drawing style; improving the flow (especially in the last few frames); and cutting some unnecessary shots. I'll also need to add a soundtrack and provide clearer animation direction.
I enjoyed working on this storyboard, however I was pushed for time as we also had other big projects to hand in at the same time so I am looking forward to being able to spend more time on this project and to improve this storyboard and create an effective and engaging animatic.