Wednesday, 23 February 2011

More Green Pencil!

Andi lovingly clinging on to Piper's leg!
J. x

Catching up on Andona

I was meant to post this a couple of weeks ago!  Yikes.  Time is just slipping away...

So, I had to present all the final major project work I had so far to my class and lecturer, in an effort to pitch my planned exhibition pieces.  It has been well received, and I got some good grades which is big a bonus!
After trying to imagine every aspect of the world I'd created, and writing the whole story, it all boils down to four images.  The four pieces I'm creating will (hopefully) look as if they're stills taken from an animated feature film.  I'll try to present each image on multiple layers of acetate to give the illusion of being from a cel animation, or a single print out on photo quality paper, A2 size.  It's a lot harder than I imagined it would be!

Finalising Andi
Piper Design

Visualising the Princess of Andona

Andonian Housing

Concepts for my final exhibition pieces
Developing the throne room scene
Designs for the palace guards and handmaids

Piper capturing the rodents on Andona
Andi dragging an unconscious Piper post-explosion
Drafting the scene on the Odd-Job Space Station.
The crew have just got the Andonian children on board

No doubt I'll put up images when they're done.
I'm excited to see mine and my class' work framed and displayed!
The exhibition will run from June 1st to 8th.

J. x


One of the many, many, many...many...blogs I follow is Eric Kozlowsky's.  In his latest post he shows his influences in a pictorial format which has been created by Fox Orian.

It looked like fun and a good way to think about what has moulded me and my work over the years.  Some influences have been with me throughout my life and others as I've grown up and I've found a place for them...:

If you want to give it a go yourself the original PSD file is available to download.  Click here!
I'd love to see what people come up with, so let me know if you do it!

J. x

Monday, 14 February 2011

Pop Ya Colour*

I recently saw a great piece of work by Potato Farm Girl of Josie and the Pussycats.  The colours really popped, so I went off to play with my pencils and markers to see what happened.

I came out with this:

Character Design for Animation: 'Andi' (Prismacolour pencils, Promarker pens)

I often use orange and blue coloured pencil to draft out for cartoon images, but using green contrasted against the warm browns and yellows making my images glow.  What do you think?
Not only is it refreshing to do something different but it mentally refreshes - it's like seeing your work through new eyes.

J. x

*Yeeeah, that's a shameless Usher song title pun...

Sunday, 13 February 2011

At the Flickrs

I love getting feedback on my drawn images but I also like having a place for my little photography hobby.  I haven't uploaded on Flickr for a couple of months, so I went through all my latest photos I took to make them Flickr ready.  This time round I was looking at creating a cinematic feel through composition and colour tone...

I'm very lucky to have a massive park to walk through to get to uni.  A thick mist descended upon the city creating an amazing atmosphere over the river and through the trees in the morning, and a horror feel during the walk back at night.
As always, I had my trusty ol' camera in my bag!  I was aching to have had a top of the range camera.  And if I had a hoard of models at my beck and call...  What a photo shoot there could have been!!

I do love photography, and I suppose it's not so surprising when films play such a big part of inspiring my drawing.  It's also a really valuable tool for me to learn how lighting affects environments.

J. x