Thursday, December 13, 2012

DFM: Final - Finished!

The final product is here! 

I'm definitely happier than I previously thought I would be with this. The colors ended up coming together nicely but not too too much in my opinion.

After we lined our artwork, we met up and compiled our two files. We then got to work coloring, finishing up our comic panels, and animating out individual objects. This was done using Photoshop's Animation capabilities. 

We think that even though the image may be busy, the animated objects allow for a nice focal point. It came out to be an illustration packed full of information, and it's almost exactly what we invisioned. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DFM: Final - Progress 4

For this week's progress Beth and I got together and put our sketches together to see which direction we should head. We decided to solidify background elements and line everything out. I first sketched what I wanted to do and revised the pose of my character, then loosely gave form to the overall shape.

I'm not too too satisfied with the lines, but I am ok with the amount of work that I put into them considering being swamped with finals. 

Here's the sketch - 

Here's the line work.

For next week we'd like to have the comic panels drawn out and everything colored. Final touches and animation will be added accordingly. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

DFM: Final - Progress 3

This week Beth and I decided that we wanted to work on layout and pose finalization. I started laying in where I wanted my character, panel separation and background to be. Once Beth finishes her side, we're going to merge them together and see if we need to rearrange anything. We're going to start on the animation after we're done finalizing pose things.

Here is what I have!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DFM: Final - Progress I

For this week, I wanted to work on solidifying concept and color as well as get started on some general things for next week.

Because we wanted a warm vs. cool palette, we decided to go with an orange vs. blue color palette in such a way that we could pick the colors that we wanted, but we wanted them to be affected by the two dominant schemes of warm (orange) and cool (blue). 

My character - the missionary, is supposed to come from a warmer desert-like environment. Such will be her background, and we're hoping to intertwine this with an urban landscape for even more contrast.  

Here's the color and concept design:

Here are some loose concepts for panels and poses in the final illustration. I'd really like to go with the character finding a broken down church in search of something to keep going after this apocalypse, finding new drive and inspiration in religion to keep her going and her hoping to spread this hope to other survivors through the word of God. She will find religious items to help her along the way, and in the final panel will show her devotion by marking herself with her own blood to show her devotion.

The pose on the right is very loose, but will be part of the final illustration once it is refined. This can be worked on once I sit down with Beth and figure out the specifics. 

Until next week!

Monday, November 12, 2012

DFM: Final Project - Proposal

It's finally that time! This course has gone by so quickly, and it's been a lot of fun so far. With this last project, I'll hopefully be able to go out with a bang.

The project description read as something that I usually dread - "Do whatever you want."

At first I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I let the ability to work with others guide me. I've always been fond of my good friend Beth Wollman and her artistic abilities, and thought that it'd be fun to work with her on a project considering our similar work ethic and drive to make something fantastic. As soon as I proposed the idea to her, I knew that this project was going to be a lot of fun.

Because both of our styles lend themselves well to a comic-like application, I proposed the idea of working on a one page spread including individual panels that came together into a joint illustration between the two of us. To clarify things, here is a sketch of the layout:

Beth agreed that this would be interesting, and took it a step further by integrating our majors and turning the illustration into a "moving illustartion". We'd ultimately like to create out illustration in photoshop, and animate secondary actions in a loop so that we could incorporate a dynamic element to the entire presentation. 

We quickly set off to discussion about theme and what we could use to make for an interesting final piece. It was agreed that conflict would make for an interesting joint illustration, and we came up with several different themes that could work for this. We discussed sci-fi, nautical and post-apocalyptic ideas, and ultimately decided on post-apocalyptic.

We added just a touch more concept and decided that we were going to put the story of two different groups of survivors conflicting over resources, and each side had something driving them. Beth was inspired by military, and I was inspired by missionaries. We figured that the idea of unnecessary conflict was a strong concept, and this would be further enhanced by the two different groups fighting over something when they could ultimately end up coming together and benefitting each other instead. 

We sketched a bit, and then talked about color decisions. We decided that we are going to use a limited color palette driven by a blue and orange complementary scheme. 

Here are some inspirations of mine for this project:

Color Inspiration:

Concept art for JOURNEY - Matt Nava

Stylistic Inspiration:

Various Works - Hamlet Machine 

We'd like to work in Photoshop and use it's animation feature.

Here is the chart that we'll be using to organize our time:

Monday, October 29, 2012

DFM: The Lost Files - Week of October 30th

As the final days are being spent working, Chay and I are reaching completion on these backgrounds. They are coming out very nicely, and I'm finally finished drawing out the base line work for all of them.

In these last few days I will be helping with color and finalization so that the animators can start importing the files into their work. Everything seems to be coming along smoothly!

Some of the backgrounds have different effects to them that are being used for an interesting composition and perspective. We wanted the overall part of the short film where the main character was in the 'internet' to be more animated and lively. We felt as though the 'fish eye' and perspective effects helped to emphasize that a little more.

Here are the background drawings I've finished up from last week:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DFM: The Lost Files - Background Progress Cont.

 It's the next Tuesday in the series of work on The Lost Files and not much has changed other than working on drawing out more backgrounds! Chay has started to color and render over my drawings in Illustrator and they are coming out really great.

In these drawings I really tried to pay attention to detail with the environments and use key elements to help make them recognizable. Hopefully you'll be able to pick out which room is which website!

Otherwise, I've just been working on achieving a sense of depth and perspective structurally with the rest of these drawings. Things are really coming along!