So I’m hoping this Summer to get into the BFX competition. Firstly I have to find myself a team … I have 3 people on my team so far, including myself, and we need between 4 and 6 team members to apply. We apply by posting a pitch of our ideas, concept art, storyboards, animatic etc etc … and then we have to hope we get picked, as lots of people apply and only 10 teams get through to actually compete in the competition. It’s an amazing opportunity to work with industry professionals and to create a short animation piece with a group of students. I’ve started jotting down my concept ideas and the first few are below. My idea is based around one of the screenplays we were giving as starting points that depicts a War of the Worlds style piece where there is an abandoned house and outside the horizon is burning and everything is destroyed and abandoned. Decided to do this from the point-of-view of a mouse … enter macro photos and abandoned houses …
Currently I’m in search of someone to do Lighting and Rendering, so if you are an Animation student or a recent Animation graduate who knows a thing or two about Lighting and Rendering give me a shout!!
Another speed paint, this time on the theme ‘Shark Bait’ so I decided to draw a lonely Tuna who had got separated from his shoal of friends and was therefore a very easy target. I also played around with the lighting a bit as I’m not very good at the whole underwater light filtering.
So I’ve been trying to boost my observational skills, just looking at a photo of a face on my iPad screen and drawing it in photoshop, with no cheating by drawing around the basic outline and I’m pretty happy with this … especially as I’ve spent a lot of today trying to draw something and failing miserably. The shoulder on the left is a little confusing, and my boyfriend says it looks like a knee ahah, but hopefully it looks okay.
Today brought more sunshine and thankfully with it my wonderful friends. We made a trip down to the beach in rather hopeful summer outfits only to get slightly cold and retreat into a cafe where Michael and Stephen opted for hot chocolates and coffees, whilst Ari and I decided to carry on the summer theme with a Slush Puppy which gave me an ice headache and a very red tongue.
Oh and we saw the squirrels, and squirrels are my second favourite animals after Elephants … and seeing as Elephants are rather illusive in this country squirrels are my go to animal ahah!
Another 30 minute painting I did for Daily Spitpaint. Really trying to get use to doing quick paintings so at the moment I’m trying to find out what style works for me for speed painting. Also experimenting with what brushes I like best. I like the graphic design cut-out look that this has and it definitely allowed me to be quicker. Just need to get more use to forms and shadows & highlights and then I should be able to create some nice stuff. But super enjoying practicing.
So when my big sister posted a picture of my niece with a wooden spoon in her hand, as if she was about to head off into battle, this evening on instagram I couldn’t help but draw her into a tiny little baby rabbit warrior. I think I need to fiddle with the colours more, but I’m tired and my eyes hurt so it’s finished for today.
Today the air was warm and it felt like finally spring might be approaching – I even had bare arms (though I think I was more keen than most!). However we couldn’t resist a trip to the beach for fish and chips, because that’s what you do when you live by the seaside.
In a drawing mood it seems … this was a longer drawing about 2 hours. I just love spending time getting the lines perfect and this is my typical style through and through. She seems to be some kind of warrior princess, with Kate Moss’ face. I figure she could be at home in Game of Thrones, maybe as Daenerys’ hand maiden?
Trying to improve speed painting, so here are some 30 minute photoshop paintings. Must admit I painted over the man figure as I want to learn form, shadows and highlights before I start trying to draw from memory/just using a reference image to help.