Specialisation Post-Mortem

Hey everyone! I am here with my Specialisation project post-mortem this time! As you may or may not know, my specialisation was focusing on background art, and as it evolved it started feeling like background concept art for something, which was sort of my aim in the first place. My final pieces are this art here:

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And this one:

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So what went right?

There were lots of images that I could use to get ideas for my images, and also use as reference to draw some of the smaller details, such as the candy canes, the gingerbread house, the skulls and the flags. This made it significantly easier to gather inspiration and to get the shape of my objects correct.

There was also a fair lot of sources around about composition and custom brushes, several of these sources were given to me by my lecturer or one of my classmates who knew where I should look for this information. I learnt a lot of information about composition and custom brushes that I was then able to use to create these images. Composition was sometimes confusing but more research then rectified that. Thanks to anyone who helped in my research, it was much appreciated.

Christmas Landscape - Progress

So what went wrong?

This project got put on the backburner due to the fact that my team for final project was being pushed to finish everything we needed to finish, as well as catch up on. Since we fell behind in final project, Studio 3 work was pushed aside so that we could catch up with the work we needed to have complete by the end of trimester. This caused my second background, the Pirate Cove, to be rushed slightly, and not quite up to the standard I’d be happy with. I still think it is a good and finished image, but it could be better.

I also started getting a bit distracted towards the end of trimester, allowing myself to have my attention dragged away from work for short periods of time. This also cut down on the second background, as my head would be turning away from it often.

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What would I do differently next time…

Next time, I would certainly start doing a project like this sooner, and give myself a lot more time before my deadline. I would also find a way to minimalise distractions around me. The times that I worked best were at Uni, when the house was empty, or when I was listening to music to block out the people in the room or outside.

What I learnt during the project…

I learnt alot more about composition, and the rule of thirds, as well as colour and digital painting. I learnt different blending techniques in Photoshop, as well as different uses of each of the default brushes. Halfway through the trimester Photoshop updated, changing the default brush set, so I had to learn my way around that as well.

Finally I learnt how to make, import and use custom brushes in Photoshop, and what not to use custom brushes for.

Composition Test layout

Future Goals for skill development

In future, I would like to continue getting better at digital art, background concept and design, as well as continue my character design studies. I feel like these things will help me the most in the future, for both professional and personal endevours.

That is all that I have to say. Thanks for reading my blog and I’ll see you all in the next one!

~Icetail~

 

 

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Cross-Discipline Post-Mortem

Hey everyone, I’m here with the post-mortem of my cross-discipline projects. I had three of them this trimester, so thats a 200% increase!

World-Builder Title Card

For World Builder the title card was made by a graphic design student.

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It took a few weeks for a graphic design student to show interest in this project, I almost gave up on getting any crossdiscipline work for this project. When someone commented on my post to the SAE Interdisciplinary Group on Facebook I sent an email to them as soon as I could. We exchanged numerous emails, discussing what my team reqiured for the title card, colours, fonts etc. They then gave me some draft images and finally, the final, as shown above. It was an interesting experience, we never met face to face, only communicating through email, though I suppose it is no different to commissioning art off of an artist on DeviantArt, I give the information that the artist needs and then the artist uses that information to create what I asked for.

This project went smoothly, nothing went wrong and everything was completed quicker than was expected. This is most likely due to me giving the graphic designer all the information they needed along with references they asked for, mainly font types.

Let’s Talk Logo

My second cross-discipline project was the Let’s Talk logo, made by a graphic design student and animated by me.

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This process was practically the same as getting the title card, I posted on the Facebook group and waited for the response of a graphic design student. When the logo was given to me however, I then animated it. I had some problems with this part of the process, occasionally the video file that I had exported from After Effects, I don’t know why it did that, only that reloading the file into Photoshop to export as a gif was the only thing that fixed it.

This website here taught me how to make gif files from After Effects, through exporting to video, then importing to Photoshop and then saving as a gif. This gif was then added to the first post on my new blog webseries; Let’s Talk, which was originally started on one of my Amino accounts.

This project went smoothly, with only the exporting going wrong. When the graphic designer asked for my opinion on what they was making I gave it, telling them the itterations that I liked the most. I gave them all the information regarding what I wanted to the student at the beginning when I first contacted them. This helped the project go faster.

Destructive Cover

My last project for cross-discipline was to design the album cover of an EP for an audio student.

Destructive Cover

I came across this project by complete accident, as the audio student I was doing this for was also the audio student for my final project group in CIU. We spoke about this as a sort of side thought to final project. Other than speaking about this in class, we also discussed this over Slack, I would send progress updates and he would tell me his opinion. Eventually this was made. Communication was easier than previous trimesters, as instead of using email, both of us were in the same Slack channel, so we both were able to direct message each other.

This project went well. Our conversations on this project were long, including a lot of screenshots, letting the audio student comment on what they liked, didn’t like, and how they thought I could change it. The only problem that arose was when the audio student wanted to change the entire cover, however it was discovered that I didn’t have the style that they wanted for it. Instead of scrapping the cover however, I was given the title “Destructive” to go over it instead of “Jawbone”.

Next Time

If I ever get the chance to work with other disciplines I don’t think I would do anything differently, as I did everything that I could do to get the projects that I worked on. I posted to the Facebook and I talked to students on campus. There was nothing more that I could do.

About Other Discipline’s Workflow

I didn’t learn anything new that I didn’t already know about about other discipline’s workflows during these projects. For the audio cover I was working as a graphic designer to make said cover and the process that I used was the exact same process that the graphic designers who make the title card and the logo for my blog. Nothing new was learnt about workflow.


And that has been my cross-discipline this trimester. It was fun and I learnt some stuff. Thanks for reading and until next time!

~Icetail~

Specialisation Project – Research Blog Post

Hey everyone! You’ve seen my specialisation project being created over the past couple of weeks in my Progress Journals, but now I shall compile that research and anything extra I’ve found, here in this blog.

On Composition

My first source was this image on DeviantArt by genicecream. It is a really long image, so I will not post it in this blog post. Mostly from this image I focused on the first section, looking at layout.

Composition Test layout

I experimented with the placing of the rock in the first image I created, eventually setting it slightly down and to the right of the center point. The image from DeviantArt also coincided with other videos I watched on Composition.

These two videos gave explainations of framing, leading lines, points of interest, contrast and overall balance to an image.

Composition Test coloured

When making the forest around the rock, I tried to get the branch of the framing tree to lead towards the rock, and also keep in mind the digital painting tips that WalkingMelonsAAA gave in her tutorial video, on using colours that fell in the same spectum.

After I finished all the base colours on the rock clearing, I decided that I couldn’t work with that image anymore, so I started a new one, being the current Christmas background that has been in my most recent progress journals.

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In this image I used white on black to remind myself that I wanted this image to be a night based image. This then started me looking at how to make custom brushes.

On Custom Brushes

The main source of information I used for custom brushes was this video here:

It taught me the most about how to create my own custom brushes for use. Another place which gave me the same information was this blog post, by a fellow student at SAE Qantm. From the tutorial I then started making shapes to then turn into brushes.

The most useful ones made were the signature brushes that I could add to my art, without having to redo my signature a thousand times over. The mess of dashes became the leaves of my trees in my Christmas background.

Christmas Landscape - Progress

More recently I created a cloud brush which then became the snow in this image.

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The Adobe Help Center also gave some interesting directions that can modify the brush that is being used, the spacing changing how often the shape of the brush is placed in a line, shape dynamics affecting the size of the brush, which I accidentally discovered when my drawing tablet got stuck with the tip pressure dictating the brush size, and other settings for air brushes, bristle brushes and more general settings.

On the Fantasy Genre

I looked at a lot of images that could be classed as a fantasy landscape in some way, and collected them onto a pinterest board.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/icetail38/specialisation-project-sae/

I also put research into what “Fantasy” is. Children’s Literature Classics explain it as “events that occur outside the ordinary laws that operate within the universe.” From this website I learned the three different types of fantasy, where the story begins and ends in the fantasy word, where the story begins in the real world and shifts to the fantasy world, and when the fantasy elements exist in the real world. This then reminded me of research from high school on dark fantasy.

I also looked this up, curious to refresh my knowledge. Joanna Penn said this about dark fantasy:

…a work is dark fantasy if it deals with any elements of fantasy and/or the paranormal in a way that studies the dark and frightening side of our nature, psychology and the weird, sublime and uncanny. If it doesn’t shy away from the gore and horror of its own darkness, yet doesn’t primarily aim to spook. If it has heroes that are not knights in shining armour, but people that sometimes have to do unsavoury things. If it has villains that aren’t necessarily all bad as well as villains that really are all bad. If it’s dark and twisted and delves into the depths of speculative fiction, without primarily aiming to scare or gross out its readers, then it’s dark fantasy.

So dark fantasy includes ghosts and spirits, while not being about the horror. Like the Persona games by Atlas, which delve into depths of the protagonist’s soul to beat the antagonist, depicting ocult themes while also staying within the setting of the neigborhood that the protagonist lives in while going to school.

That’s all for my research, now I shall finish the background that I have started. Thanks for reading this post.

~Icetail~

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D4Darious. (2017). Mastering Composition + Cinematography with Will Smith. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIvGRytmRaw
Blender Guru. (2014). Understanding Composition. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8i7OKbWmRM
WalkingMelonsAAA. (2015). Part ONE General SpeedPaint TUTORIAL – (using Toriel from UNDERTALE). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB5iT_8_lsk
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ANI230: Progress Journal Week 10

Hello everyone, and this is the tenth recording of my progress journal. Just a tad late, but that’s okay. In week ten I recorded 20 and a half hours, pushing me over my minimum requirement of 250 hours for my overall body of work. I’m still going to be recording my time for weeks 11, 12 and 13 though.

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For my specialisation I continued on my Christmas background. And this included on researching how to make custom brushes in Adobe Photoshop. I used this video here to help me, and after that I just drew random shapes do test it.

Here are some of the brushes I made.

The mess of dashes was then used on my Christmas background.

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In my body of work I added some random sketches that I did while I was bored.

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I also finished the contest image and submitted it.

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It was a really cool image to make, I learned more things about shading and lighting, especially on hair. I’m glad I decided to enter the contest.

That is all I have for week 10. Thanks for reading!

~Icetail~

ANI230: Progress Journal Week 9

Hey everyone! The 9th ballad of my progress journals is now here! In week nine I recorded 18 hours for Studio 3… a lot of week 9 was spent on Final Project, trying to finish the storyboard and animatic. So the chart looks really empty.

Toggl Week 9

For my specialisation I spent a short while on the original test shot, however most of the specialisation working on a new image, looking around for inspiration.

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It looks slightly odd, the width of the cane coming off the side of the image is too skinny. I will most likely go over it and fix it in the sketch version rather than going over this black and white version again. I’m hoping that the leading lines follow the road and the direction that the candy canes are pointing.

In my body of work… I added very little to my contest image. Opps. Instead I was doing cross-discipline work for an audio student, designing their cover for their album.

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They sent me their set of references and I really liked the geometric shapes. When I asked what kind of shape he wanted he told me a cross/x shape. And then I started drawing.

That is all that I have done for week 9. Sorry it isn’t much.

Until next time~

~Icetail~

ANI230: Progress Journal Week 8

Hey everyone! This is the eighth stone monolith in my progress journals. In week 8 I recorded 31 hours of work on Studio 3.

Toggl Week 8

For my specialisation I continued with my composition test, looking at videos about composition.

These videos emphasised several important points, such as contrast, framing and balance in an image. Using what I learnt from these videos I added to my composition test drawing.

Composition Test coloured

I’m trying to make the focus of the image the stone in the forest clearing, so while everything around the stone is a tone of olive/forest green, the stone itself is an ochre. I also tried to bring in leading lines with the tree branch, however I don’t know how well it worked at current. I will be looking at texture brushes in photoshop next while I start on lighting. I might perhaps start a new image as well.

In my body of work, a few hours were taken up by filling out my transferable skills sheet, however the majority of the hours for my body of work were spent on two projects of mine. The first project, my contest image.

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Chara and Mettaton are shaded now. Just to finish the shading on Frisk, and mess around with the background however I wish and I will be able to submit this to the AU Creation Contest. I have plenty of time, but I hope to finish it soon so I can get back to my images of Cordelia from Fire Emblem and Peony from Tales of the Abyss. And… I just realised that I haven’t given shading to Mettaton’s boot…. opps. I better fix that.

The second project is a comic for World of Warcraft, in light of their annouced expansion Battle for Azeroth. I want to keep the details of the project a secret for as long as I can, so I shan’t explain too much.

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No spoilers. I planned out what I would have in each frame and ended up with 9 frames. My specialisation research will be able to help me with the composition of each frame. I’m also trying to decide if I should throw in a cameo appearance of a character from a different game.

Other than what I’ve stated in this blog, there was the Post Mortem of World Builder that was finished. Go check that out if you haven’t already. And feel free to drop a comment below! Until next time!

~Icetail~

ANI230: Progress Journal Week 7

Hey everyone. Here is my 7th transmission of my Progress Journals. I didn’t record the time spent on final project, because it was simply easier that pulling out my calculator each week. Week 7 had 35 hours recorded down.

Toggl Week 7

Usually I’d start this post with World Builder progress, but as it was just compling the video, finding music, exporting video, fixing video and exporting again (rinse and repeat) I have decided not to show any image progress here. The post-mortem for World Builder will be uploaded soon anyway, so you will be able to read that. World Builder is now finished (discounting the coming post-mortem). So from here on out these progress reports will be all about Specialisation Project and my body of work.

I started doing research on my specialisation project in week 7, looking at genicecream’s composition tips image on DeviantArt as a starting point. From this image full of tips I started a rough image beginning with layout.

Composition Test layout

It’s meant to be a huge rock in a clearing. The kind of rock that children would climb. And for certain it looks far better than having the rock directly in the center.

In my body of work, I added a new image. It is an image for the AU Creation Contest on the Undertale AUs Amino, which is due December 1st. This contest requires me to draw two characters (based off Toby Fox’s Undertale characters, so no original characters) from an alternative universe that I created. So I chose my Project: UNDERGROUND AU, selecting the characters Chara and Frisk for my image. And I added Mettaton with them, because it would have been odd not to, considering my AU.

Base Colours

Only flat colours at the moment, but that’s okay. And the lines on Frisk and Mettaton’s arms haven’t been added yet. This image started off as this rough sketch here:

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Wierd eyes. I was planning a background, however, I am currently of the opinion that the image looks better without it.

That’s all I have for week 7. See you all in the next blog post!

~Icetail~