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'Thinking Outside the Box'- The Bob Animations

I give you the first of 'The Bob Animations.' I hope you enjoy this little animation. The next one is already in production!!!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Project 1: Cinematic Spaces (Thumbnails-1)

Initial Thumbnails

The first of many...

Here is my first sheet of designs based purely on Lovecrafts written word and what came to mind as I read. Here are a few of the lines from which I gained inspiration.

'...the jagged line of witchlike pinnacles ahead'...
                    '... slow in gaining prominence'...
                                        'Infinitely far off, and only visible because of their abnormal height.'
                                                      '... distinguish various bare, bleak, blackish summits.' (page 15)



Now the key description to have inspired the last thumbnail (number 9) is one I have merely touched upon and is written below. It is a very long descriptive passage that is sure to result in a multitude of concepts mainly because I have absolutely no clue what kind of things Lovecraft was imagining as he depicted the scene and therefore it leave me with almost no boundaries on how to draw these scenes.
This is Lovecraft describing the architecture of a city belonging to a bygone species...

'There were truncated cones, sometimes terraced or fluted, surmounted by tall cylindrical shafts here and there bulbously enlarged and often capped with tiers of thinnish scalloped disks; and strange beetling, table-like constructions suggesting piles of multitudinous rectangular slabs or circular plates or five-pointed stars with each one overlapping the one beneath. There were composite cones and pyramids either alone or surmounted by cylinders or cubes or flatter truncated cones and pyramids, and occasional needle-like spires in curious clusters of five. All these febrile structures seemed knit together by tubular bridges crossing from one to the other at various dizzy heights, and the implied scale of the whole was terrifying and oppressive in its sheer gigantism' (page 16)

It is safe to say this needs to be dissected and cut into several different scenes. But first I feel the need to do some research and create my Influence maps. I may just discover a new way to illustrate this mysteriously enormous city...

Life Drawing: Session 1

I was given the opportunity to try life drawing a couple of years ago for a few weeks and had a single day course last year during my foundation diploma. It may be experience but it only totted up to a handful of hours, so I was quite happy to discover I can further my skills and better my drawings every week for the year. Below are the sketches I completed on tuesday.
(Please excuse some of the poor quality shots; it was very difficult to photograph A1 sheets, especially when my line work was really pale) I intend to alter the mediums I use in future; charcoal and pens (thick and thin line) so that my line work will be better seen on a white page and to add more depth to my drawings.
















I feel for my first session (in quite some time) I didn't do too badly; although the heads of my larger drawings are quite clearly too small for the model. The speed of my draftsmanship needs to increase a (judging by how unfinished all my drawings are.) I need to broaden my mind on certain ideas as well- When we were set the task to engage the model with the space, I'm not entirely sure I understood the task or the concept. I did get a better idea however in the group review. Some used negative space and others put more emphasis on the background and leaving the model in a series of gestural shapes... just enough to make her form clear... Very nice ideas I hope to test out myself...
I try those next week.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Project 1: Cinematic Spaces (Creative Work)

First briefing of the year and we have been challenged to create three conceptual digital-paintings by the end of the five week period. Each concept artwork is based on three descriptive excerpts from a novel (or several novella). In order to 'choose' these novels we had to select, from the 'mysterious box', a scrap of paper, linking to a corresponding folder containing the novel excerpts. I picked number 14 which was... H.P. Lovecrafts 'At the Mountains of Madness'



I can't say I had ever heard of the novel or the author before but I am sure by the end of this project I will have been well educated on both!

'At the Mountains of Madness' is a horror story in which a team of explorers take up an expedition to Antarctica, where they encounter the remains of an 'alien' civilization and their ruined city in the mountains- one that they strongly believe pre-dates the existence of humans. Their expedition soon descends into fear and trepidation when a scout team are found completely decimated and several of the life forms that had been recovered for research have seemingly vanished. On further exploration of the ruined city, these life forms appear to have been an advanced race. Before long, the remaining explorers realize this city isn't as dead as they had first thought...

So I read my fourteen pages of excerpts, highlighting everything describing the environments within the story and I have immediately discovered the writings of Lovecraft to be especially long and descriptive. He obviously had clear and detailed images in his head when dreaming up his worlds and had to describe these alien places in immense detail. Some of his descriptions are a little challenging to decipher and have definitely pushed me into digging out a dictionary.


The way the novel is written has also encouraged me into doing a little digging on Lovecraft himself and in what era he lived. Partially to help me to picture certain period features that he describes, but also to help me gain an understanding of the author.  This is a link in which I found a lot of useful information about H.P. Lovecrafts life and his work.

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Arrow- Solo transporter

The Arrow turn-around. A vehicle reminiscent of the Star Wars speeders. Were it real, it would hover a few feet above the ground and provide fast transport for a single passenger.

Swivel Bridge

The Bridge turn-around: My design was heavily inspired by Thomas Heatherwick's unfolding bridge design. My bridge operates on a pivot point, each circular platform will swing out of the last bigger one until it slots into place on the other side of the gap. Whether this would work in reality or not remains to be seen. (But it would be pretty cool to watch it unfold)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Machines extended- Vehicles


A mixture of pencil sketches of machines geared for either land, sea or air. Some are further developments of idea's seen in an earlier post.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Summer Project: 101 concept drawings

Life form drawings- inspired by the 2 A4 sheets of random object provided. 
In some cases I've borrowed the overall silhouetted shape of these objects or combinations of several objects before morphing into a being (or an aspect of a being) This was quite a challenge, especially as the 'inspirational objects' were lacking in 'biological vibes' I tried to create interesting life forms, avoiding humanoid shapes as much as I could. I found myself generally creating land based creatures, although a select few could be dropped in a sea and one could fly. Most designs indicate sentient life forms but there are a select few that appear to lack that quality.

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Machines-  inspired by the 2 A4 sheets of random object provided. 
This section came to me more easily than designing life forms. Creating designs that have a purpose seem to require a form of logic that I took quite well to. I tried to create all kinds of machines, vehicles, droids, weapons and even prosthetics.

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Structures- inspired by the 2 A4 sheets of random object provided. 
This was a fairly difficult section to complete, due to the fact that the definition of structure is a very broad one. I found myself overwhelmed on some occasions and decided to do a little research into the work of architects before giving this category a bash. It helped- a lot. I owe a few ideas to Thomas Heatherwick and Zaha Hadid, who made this section much more interesting. I investigated bridge structures, furniture, building designs, doorways and interior design.

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