Rob Cullen's fantastic show, Carter and Son!
Here's a little something I've been doing off and on. I wanted to challenge myself to do a character that's not my own, I give myself a lot of liberty when I'm sculpting my own stuff. I just thought it might be interesting to see what kind of problems I run into.....and I did run into a good few of them. It's still in progress. I need to fix the hands as they're totally off the model and sculpt off those rough edges. Will try to get this one finished within the next week or two :-)
Sunday, August 31, 2008
This is the rough maquette I made for my short film in Wolverhampton College this year.
The character is on the banner of my Blog. I never gave him a name though :-)
I will get round to posting the short on my Blog soon. I want to enter it into a few festivals, I read somewhere they don't take films that have been on the net. Let's wait and see.
The finished maquette will come, I promise!
Okay....where to begin? After finishing off that really bad version of my college film in 2001 (and still thinking that "I knew it all) , I stuck the idea away for ages. I got my first job in animation and realized that there's so much more to animation than what I thought. Besides all the fantastic drawings, painting, animation, line-tests, storyboards etc etc, there's that whole pre-production side of the industry which I just LOVE!
Okay, I admit I'm just a wannabe concept/story artist at this stage.
Sometimes I watch films or animated films and think, "gee, that could've been a heck of a lot more powerful/wonderful" if.......I dare not say what I think hehe, I know I would have a heck of a lot of people to answer to.
Anyways, not straying too much from the subject. So, as I mentioned before, my college film was a disaster but now with some professional experience I'm ready to give it another whirl. At this stage I'm just doing concept work on the character. Her name is Fiog. It's Irish for Maiden or Twigs. In my mind I sort of imagined this character to be connected with nature, sort of like an indian guru or a witch without the fantastic powers. I didn't want to create the typical sexy girl in rags, I want a natural looking girl, skinny, she has a family, the style is not cartoony but easy enough to be animated because I intend doing the animation myself (LOL)
Fiog's story is a tragic one, she re-lives her past everyday, her family was murdered by the neighbour village, she lives on an island (impossible for her to abandon), she lives off the land and remembers her family....she blames herself for her powers. Now and again people seek her wisdom...that is the only company she has. That's the rough story, pretty tragic, huh? I love it!
The drawings are mostly of Fiog, her mother, and lover. I started making a sculpture that I know I'll never be able to complete because the designs keep on changing, nevertheless I still like the rough outcome of it. It gave me some insight into keeping it simple again!
These are pretty straight forward, I found this little color studyI used for BG for the short "Chinchillas" I did a while back. Not really similar to final product but it helped!
The next is just a little drawing I did for my college film in Ballyfermot College. I thought I would stick it on the blog just as a reminder to keep things simple! My college film was a bit of a mess cause I wanted to do much in such a short time. In the end it just did not make any sense at all, it just looked like someone got a blind person to edit the film...but we don't call these mistakes, we call this EXPERIENCE! LOL
This post is dedicated to Monica (my co worker at BoulderMedia) , for fun we had to do caricatures each other. I tried make my look like the great Kirsten Ulve style, no need to say...unsuccessful but it was still fun to do!
The next one is my own version of Barbarella, a ridiculous cult film!
This is some concept work I did when figuring out what my mouse character, "Marcus", would look like.
My friend Donal came up with the idea and story, and I did the sketches. After sometime I felt the style of drawing was too classic-illustration book; so I did some simpler drawings of the character. You the new version of Marcus on my first post :-)
OK, so I've been really ill lately, flu, chest-infection, coughing, congested sinuses, aches and pains, you name it...the good side to this is that I'm now that I'm bed-bound and now I have the chance to sort through some drawings and give this blog attention!! Most of these are last year's life drawings. I had fun with these in particular because it had been so long since I had gone to a class.....and there was no teacher breathing down my neck telling us to do those "blind-drawings" (yes, I know it's good for us!!) Also have to give credit to the female model, she was absolute brilliant! More to come....stick around!!