ANI230: Progress Journal Week 5

Hello dear readers! Page 5 of my progress journal is now written. For week 5 I recorded another 27 and a half hours for Studio 3 projects and my body of work.

Toggl Week 5

Week 5 was mostly working on World Builder, and completing assets for it. I managed to complete both horses, Aravis (in front) and Lasaraleen (on litter). As well as add general decorations around the street.

Asset Progress

Doesn’t it look far better than last week? From feedback I received, I changed Lasaraleen’s dress from purple to blue, and changed her pink curtains to a rich purple, and I decided that since everyone was calling her a princess I would give her a tiara.

Shasta (blonde boy) and the general crowd still need to be fixed, as do Lasaraleen’s slaves. They will be done for my next update.

After World Builder is my specialisation project. I haven’t done much, just the Project Initiation report here. I talk about background art in it, so go read it if you haven’t already.

And finally, for my body of work. I was bitten by an inspiration bug while playing Bendy and the Ink Machine and I just couldn’t ignore it. So I started sketching out a Bendy push onto a Photoshop document.

BATIM Left Alone SKETCH

I’m almost entirerly sure that this is going to be the largest drawn image I have made in Photoshop, being twice the size of my usual documents, so I have a lot of room to play with details once I get there.

That concludes this blog, I can’t wait to write my next blog. Until then!

~Icetail~

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Specialisation – Project Initiation Report

Hello everyone, it’s specialisation project time again! I don’t think I need to make a really long blog post this time. Let’s start by evaluating my skillset (again).

My current skillset is in 2D, with my digital art and rough animation skills.

Night Scare

Frisk - Operation SURFACE

Last trimester, I also discovered that I am somewhat good at backgrounds, or I’m getting better at least.

A Portal Cavern

This trimester I would like to improve my digital painting skills, specifically for backgrounds with fantasy elements and/or forest scenes. I will end up with a completed fantasy background. I hope to have something near and between these two styles here:

https://walkingmelonsaaa.deviantart.com/art/A-Friend-from-Waterfall-Monster-Kid-and-Frisk-603129992
https://jjcanvas.deviantart.com/art/Eversong-Woods-306917466

To reach this goal I need to learn more about composition of the image and more about Adobe Photoshop. I should probably revisit my old lesson notes from Media Studies in High School, where we learned a few things about composition, lighting and a lot about Adobe Photoshop.

I have started collecting references for this project on Pinterest, ranging from fantasy landscapes, forests and waterfalls.

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

I started looking at a tutorial by WalkingMelonsAAA on the brushes she uses in her drawings. It is a two part set of videos on YouTube, and I mentioned it in last week’s progress journal.

It is quite enlightening, and after experimenting with the brushes mentioned, I have created a nice background for my World Builder shot.

A few tutorials I shall be looking at later are:

And this image here on DeviantArt.

That’s all for my project initiation report. I’ll see you all in the next post.

~Icetail~

 

Character Creation: Research

I need a character for a story I’m writing, but I haven’t been the greatest at character creation, I’ve just made vague descriptions, never really ironing out details and making it up as I go along. This isn’t a very efficient way of designing characters. So, some research is needed to improve my skill, and, as conscequence, improve my characters.

IllidanA most of the sources I have looked at tell me one thing consistently: make your characters unique. In the words of Andra who wrote ‘10 Quick Tips to Help You Design Characters Like a Pro‘, “ideally, you should design your character so you can recognize them even if they were naked and bald.” Hmm… lets apply this to my Original Character that I am using in a fanfiction at the moment. Lythia Balfour is blonde, wears a military uniform similar to the character Jade Curtiss, has violet eyes, and is technically blind. Not that unique, I haven’t ever mentioned her having scars of any kind, though being in the military she is bound to have some. I haven’t even drawn her once. Okay, well lets compare Lythia to another character, already designed, completely unrelated; Illidan Stormrage from World of Warcraft. No need to look far, I have him as this paragraph’s image. Lets see, discounting purple skin, since that is a Night Elf trait, he has black hair, unique to him (for his race), his tattoos are unique to him. Horns, wings that are always present? Definitely unique. A tad less unique since the release of World of Warcraft: Legion, but the edition of Demon Hunters into the game, hasn’t subtracted much from the unique appearance of Illidan, as the character customization screen doesn’t allow customization that looks like Illidan (really, any unique character is impossible to replicate without mods).

linaren_darkshard_by_frostieheart-d9n643qAnother tip that I have read consistently? Colour. Choose your colours wisely. Colour is important for characters, you want to use the right colours, and you don’t want to use too many colours. “Typically, dark colours such as black, purples and greys depict baddies with malevolent intentions. Light colours such as white, blues, pinks and yellows express innocence, good and purity. Comic-book reds, yellows and blues might go some way to giving hero qualities to a character design,” as stated in the article ‘20 top character design tips‘ written by the staff of Creative Bloq. Seems easy right? Well, not really, lets look at another one of my characters; Linaren Darkshard. (This paragraph’s image). As can be seen, she is exhibiting colours that are highly saturated and clash as a consequence of this. While I acknowledge that I created Linaren for a high school surrealism art assignment, I can’t do much more with her than that, and that somewhat bugs me. I might end up redesigning Linaren eventually.

One particular article shared dos and don’ts for character creation. The one ‘don’t’ that I noted the most was “Inconsistency in your characters will jar your readers mightily.” Well… to the guys at Reader’s Digest…. I humbly apologise. I have noted inconsistencies in many of my characters, no matter how much I avoid them. I have failed you all. The main inconsistency… in my OC Lythia. Recently in her story, I revealed that she is blind, but I didn’t really explain how she could see very well. The explanation was flakey and I’m sorry to admit that I am probably never going to fix that. HOWEVER! I will take note of this fact for future reference. Planning is important. I should probably learn to stop writing half baked ideas and fully flesh them out before beginning my plan ((But… It works with drawing!! Why can’t I do the same for writing??”)).

So with all these tips, written here, and unmentioned, but on the articles, what should I do?

Well, lets start simple, outline what kind of character I’m looking for:

  • Female
  • Dancer or Musician
  • Traveller

Okay, so with that, I can start designing. So I should ask myself these questions:

  • Who is she?
  • What’s her story?
  • What’s ethnicity does she belong to?
  • What colours does she wear the most?
  • What style of clothing does she like wearing?
  • What’s her name?
  • Personality?
  • What are her goals?

And with that, I can start drawing ideas. Perhaps I’ll end up with a pink skinned alien girl wearing a lime green tutu. Hehehe, as fun as that sounds, I suppose we shall see. It’s been a long week. See you all next time~

~Icetail~

Reference List
10 Quick Tips to Help You Design Characters Like a Pro. (2017). PiXEL77. Retrieved 31 March 2017, from https://www.pixel77.com/10-tips-design-characters-pro/
Staff, C. (2017). 20 top character design tips. Creative Bloq. Retrieved 31 March 2017, from http://www.creativebloq.com/character-design/tips-5132643
Marks, C.S. (2017). Five Traps and Tips for Character Development. Liferichpublishing.com. Retrieved 31 March 2017, from http://www.liferichpublishing.com/AuthorResources/Fiction/Five-Traps-and-Tips-for-Character-Development.aspx

Blog Task – Curation Activity

Hello! I’ve been tasked to share some of my curated content for to this blog. I hope you don’t mind. I decided to share my favourites page from my DeviantArt account and my Quotes board from my Pinterest account.

I love art. And I love seeing other people’s art. DeviantArt, in my opinion, is the best place to share your own art, keep a collection of your favorite art, and discuss art with other artists. In my favourites list I have many folders to sort each of the images, and pieces of literature that I have liked from other artists.

http://frostieheart.deviantart.com/favourites/

Over the short period of time that I have had Pinterest, I have collected a stack of quotes. Inspirational quotes, motivational quotes, quotes from my favourite games, movies, anime and books, and quotes that just connect with me. They are a fuel for my inspiration, giving me ideas for stories and pictures of my own.