Monday, 27 January 2014

Maya tutorials: Contra zoom out

Contra Zoom from Lisa Huntley on Vimeo.

Artist Toolkit: Life Drawing week 3

Today Vicky introduced us to using black paper and white chalk, I quite enjoyed this method, I found it easier to show the light this way rather then white paper and charcoal.

This was my first drawing with the black paper, I concentrated on the lighting more than proportion, this was 25 minutes.

 This one I drew the light first, then the shadows and drew into it, I wasn't pleased with the results, I tried it again and came out with the hand below, I was much happier with the results.

 This was another drawing, hand slightly more twisted, I wanted to concentrate on hands this lesson as it's were I lack in skills the most, as well as face and feet.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Story revisited

After tips from Phil i have decided to shorten my story, I want to keep all three characters, the two farms and the idea of the magic juice. Phil and Fido are still a boy and dog, but Phil is the detective this time with his trusty sidekick dog, Fido. Mr Wilson is still the villain.

There is farm show happening on the farmyard. Phil's dad grows the best vegetables and fruit, his farm is chosen to run the show, Mr Wilson is terrible at growing anything, so he creates a magic juice that makes anything awful taste amazing, he uses this to cheat, Phil and Fido find it very strange that Mr. Wilson's food can taste so good but look so bad? They investigate into his farmyard and find the serum, they use the water pistol to spray on everyone's fruit so that everyone wins best in show.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

From script to screen: Revisited

After being advised by Jacky and Phil, they pointed out that i wasn't using my scene to it's fullest, so here are some new ideas what my story could be.

A. Revisiting the story of the young boy and his farm. I went towards what Jacky suggested with the animals being a detective, a sniffer dog. To incorporate more with the animals I decided to take this towards the farm animals rather than a house pet. So this story starts with the private detective being a sheep. The animals all watch the private detective show from the window while the child watches and one little sheep watches to get his ideas. He practices the techniques on the hay barrels.

B. This story is keeping the idea of the private detective animal, except the story is set on a fair/show which is being held inside the barn and on the farmyard, showing off the animals and winning ribbons. One animal (best in show, beautiful sheep) is taken. The thieves use a water pistol filled with Green fluorescent proteins, which when exposed to UV rays glow blue, but is invisible to the naked eye, and spray the animals with the liquid discretely to notify the other thieves that this is an animal to take. The thieves spray the best in show (Possible name: Lucy).

C. Old man who was once a private detective talks to his animals about the old days of him and his work, having flash backs and the animals roll their eyes, knowing they've heard these stories before.

D. Old man was back flashes while working on his farm of his days being a private detective. The flashbacks recur when he sees a familiar face, object or animal, the water pistol (left by his grandson) representing a gun which sets off a flash back.

E. Old sniffer dog that belonged to a private detective now living on a farm yard along with his new family, mother/father/young child. The old sniffer dog notices an odd smell in the water while playing with the child. He sniffs along the water pipes to find that people have been dumping poisons into the farms water supply affecting their crop and animals. The dog finds the culprit

F. Similar stories to C and D except with the sniffer dog included as well as a double detective duo.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Artist Toolkit: Life Drawing week 2

Yesterday we had our life drawing lesson with Vicky and life model, Francis. Here are my drawings from the lesson. We started off quite slow to get ourselves back into it with four, five minute poses using charcoal.

We then done two, twenty five minute poses in which we could use any media, I enjoy graphite and I recently bought some coloured graphite pencils, so I wanted to try them out, I used a mix of different medias in both pictures. The first I kept black and white and the second I introduced the colour.

 I used the graphite pencil to start and added in charcoal for shading. I also wanted an off set white from the paper, so I coloured in the body with an off white pencil (this image doesn't give it justice with the white) I was experimenting and found it made the image nicer on the eyes, it took away the intense white from the model and the shading blended better.


Lastly, we finished with eight poses, four two minute poses (red graphite) and four one minute poses (green graphite). I really like doing the one minute poses the most, I enjoy the twenty five when I can really put in detail, but the one minute poses I feel I get a better understanding of the movement with out worrying too much about hand/feet/facial detail.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Soundscape: Sound ideas

Ideas of what sounds i first imagined the scene to have were to do with these strange beasts and critters. I also noticed a woman standing on a pedestal in the background.

I was looking at sounds like:

Sounds from the beasts: Groans, scratching, cracking, stretching. claws,

Sounds coming from around: Wind blowing/ through the trees,  water,

Sounds coming from the people:
                       RED -Groans, pain, stretching, clicking, cracking, pulling, depressive noises,
                       LADY - singing, soft sounds, twinkle sounds, delicate, graceful

Blue box pick - Project 1

My "blue box" pick was folder number 1, which inside had this image.

My first thoughts was in a nut shell, wow. This has got so much going on and I love it. The image was quite zoomed in at first so I noticed the soft lights and pastel colours in the background, only to find when i zoomed out the almost menacing outburst of the entire picture.

This was painted by Max Ernst, a German artist in the early 20th Century. His artwork was expressionist and strong. He first started his interest in philosophy and the art of  the mentally ill, this bought his attention to the artist group known as "Rheinischen Expressionisten " meaning Rhenish Expressionists (artists of the Rhine, Rhineland, alongside Berlin, and the regions joining it).

The image is called "The temptation of St. Anthony" (oil on canvas).

From Script to Screen

From Script to Screen:

From the "Mysterious Blu Box" I picked the words:

Character: Private Detective

Place: Farmyard

Prop: Water Pistol

1. I wasn't too happy when I pulled out Private Detective as I felt this character linked slightly to the previous project and I wanted something different, but once I got the next two words I was much happier.

2. I have taken a few different approaches and wanted to get all the generic ideas out and away, such as:

3. Private detective that searches people, only clue is a water pistol, finds that person in a farmyard.

4. Young child who loves watching the show of his favorite detective, lives on a farmyard, uses the water pistol to shoot at the farm animals who he pretends are bad guys.

5. Man being searched for by private detective, similar to the first story but the opposite (story concentrated more on the man being searched for rather than following the detective.  

6. Two brothers, twins, one’s naughty and the other is not. One brother (the detective) trying to find who made everything wet, they live on a farm, turns out it's the other brother using his water pistol. 

7. Water pistol used to contain germ/virus/chemical (used by by villain) Farm yard is the hidden lair.

8. Worst villain. The villain is pretty rubbish (think like Mega-mind in regards to what the charater is like) he is quite poor so his weapon of choice is a water pistol, his lair is hidden in the farm yard's barn, and the private detective is after him.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Maya pre-vis: Camera Rigging

Here are some snapshots of my camera rigging. Each shots show's a quick build up of what I did.

Here I created a basic camera and set up the groups and created the camera control ring.

 Here I set the camera control ring to function with Panning, Rolling and Pitching. I also set up the plane to be used with the focal length, I added thirds to the viewpoint.

Here I am creating an over screen channel and setting the plane to fit properly with the camera when I change the focal length. 

Finally, I cleaned up the groups, merged then and named the group. This photo demonstrates all functions working correctly.

I found the tutorial hard at first when adding all the controls together, but once I understood I felt i flew through the tutorial.