Here is my second page of digital thumbnails I have created for the city Anastasia. When reading the chapter I felt that the city felt very whimsical from the use of of words. This is my first page of colour thumbnails, however I do need to improve my skills with colour as I favour these less then my black and white thumbnails. When creating these thumbnails I used my influence map and as I was progressing through the thumbnails I felt that the city would look similar to that of the City in Disney's Aladdin (1992) and therefore began to look at the scenes from the movie for the building shapes.
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Friday, 25 September 2015
Here is my first page of digital thumbnails based around the city Baucis. I have used concept from the video game Jak and Daxter: The Precusor Legacy (2001) and images from The Giver (2014) as inspiration for this city as when I was reading the chapter I pictured images which were eerily similar to these two medias.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Here I have created and practiced some basic perspective images for the invisible cities project so that when I am creating my city the proportion of the buildings in the image is correct and properly scaled
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari (1920) directed by Robert Wiene is a silent German horror which shows strong influences of German Expressionism in its theme - an art movement which was formed in the 1910's to show how Germany felt during the First World War - which gives the horror film its distorted, creepy and disfigured appearance.
An elder man arrives in Holstenwall for the town fair in order to show off his somnambulist who has been asleep throughout his 23 years. The film then begins to unravel in the point of view of one of the main protagonists, Francis whom throughout the whole film is encapsulated in solving the murders taking place since the arrival of the somnambulist and his master. Francis becomes hell-bent of piecing together the cases and begins to become closer to solving the cases which later results in Francis finding himself following Dr Caligari to a mental institute - which he is director of. Francis then continues to discover that Dr Caligari has an obsession over the somnambulist and the studies which speak of the possible manipulation of a somnambulist. Francis fully unravels the murders and picks apart the fear which Dr Caligari had cast across Holstenwall. However Wiene then shifts the story back to how it begun, from where it begins to unravel that Francis is in fact a patient in the mental institute who has created the whole scenario within his mind and the isolation of his cell.
From watching the film and researching the art movement which inspired the setting of the film, some may come to the conclusion that the film itself is portraying the isolation Germany felt during the WW1. The audience following the plot twist could then infer from the theme that Francis' mental state leaves him isolated and scared -just like the setting of the film- as a result of the scenario which he conjures in his mind while confided and isolated in the asylum
It is clear throughout that this film has been so influential and inspiring to many directors such as Tim Burton. In Tim Burton's work from Beetle Juice to Edward Scissor Hands to The Corpse Bride you can consistently see similarities to Wiene's work in both the set designs and characters, showing how far Wiene's work has influenced and defined many genres, especially horror.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Digital Painting Exercises
Here are my digital painting exercises, This was my first time digital painting and I am happy with the outcome of the two however I favour the black and white exercise more than the colour as I feel that it came out better than the colour exercise in my opinion.
Monday, 14 September 2015
Here are a few thumbnails from my summer project. With my summer project I tried to keep the object very similar to its original form rather than using the silhouette of the object for example however for some I did use the silhouette of the object. I am pleased with these thumbnails I have produce as I like them very much and how they have come out despite being quick sketches.