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.

Christmas Landscape blackwhite layout

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.

cloud

Christmas Landscape - Progress 2.png

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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Assignment: Visual Timeline

Animation has brought forth many characters that have touched the hearts of fans, and last year the character of Otosaka Ayumi from the anime ‘Charlotte’. This timeline seeks to outline the potential inspiration that helped create Ayumi.

Otosaka Ayumi (2015)

1 Otosaka Ayumi

Ayumi is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Otosaka Yuu. She can be annoying at times but she always means well, her annoying tendencies springing from her excitable personality, such as leaving annoying messages on her brother’s bento, making her a cute character that is impossible to hate.

1 Otosaka Ayumi casual

She has huge expressive eyes that shine with happiness. Her long hair is always flowing behind her as she excitedly bounces and runs around. Ayumi only has four outfits seen in ‘Charlotte’, her school uniform, casual clothes, winter clothes and her pyjamas, and all these outfits are some form of a red, orange or yellow colour palette (discounting the uniform, which only has the red bow.) These colours are vibrant and reflect her happy personality.

Ayase Alisa (2013)

2 Ayase Alisa

Ayase Alisa is from the anime ‘LoveLive! School Idol Project’. She is very much like Ayumi, sharing an interest in music, and loving her older sibling.

Like Ayumi, Alisa is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Ayase Eli. Alisa’s supportiveness is shown through her willingness to voice her opinion, without fear of people shooting her down. Her character design is also cute in appearance, and helps with her personality when she makes adorable mistakes while trying to help her older sister.

Alisa wears a lot of white clothes, occasionally wearing black or dark blue, reflecting her innocent nature. Most of the time its her uniform, in a simple sailor outfit style. Also in likeness to Ayumi, she has the same expressive eyes and, though shorter, free flowing hair. While she might not bounce around like Ayumi all of the time, she is no less cute.

Dojima Nanako (2008)

3 Dojima Nanako

From the game ‘Persona 4’, Dojima Nanako is the younger cousin of the protagonist.

Nanako is shy when she first meets the protagonist, but very quickly shows that she cares for him, and wants to help her older cousin, and while she may be more mature than Ayumi and Alisa, Nanako still shows the childish innocence that both of the aforementioned characters have, calling the protagonist and his friends her “big brothers” and “big sisters”.

She wears a lot of pink and white throughout the game. The white showing her innocence, like Alisa, and the pink representing her cheerfulness, like Ayumi. She still has the same expressive eyes as the previous two characters, but her hair is different, being tied into two ponytails on either side of her head, instead of flowing free, giving her a slightly more childish look.

Aryll (2002)

4 AryllIn the ‘Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’, Aryll, like Nanako, is a mature and helpful character. Aryll is the Hero’s little sister, and she tries to assist her brother and grandmother in any way she can, lending the Hero her telescope for his birthday. Ayrll is also compassionate, shown when she asks the Hero to help Tetra, whom she has seen being dropped by a giant bird.  She also loves playing with seagulls, showing an affinity for animals.

The simpleness of Aryll’s dress, like Nanako’s, shows off the childish innocence of the character. Her eyes are less expressive, stemming from the lack of colour to them, but they still show the excited nature of Aryll through angles. Her hair is the exact same style as Nanako’s, also adding to the childishness of the character.

Lucy Pevensie (1950)

4 Lucy PevensieAs the youngest of the Pevensie children, Lucy is often disregarded by her older siblings, as seen when she insists that the Wardrobe leads to Narnia, and several other times during the series. She is compassionate and willing to help everyone, when she want to help Mr Tumnus the Faun. She is also brave, adventurous and very curious.

In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the first time we meet Lucy in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, she wears simple dresses, common to young girls during the time the story is set, 1940, World War II. Her hair, once again, is like Aryll and Nanako’s, in twin tails on either side of her head.

Alice (1865)

5 AliceAlice, like Lucy, falls into a magical world which she then explores. In Wonderland, Alice displays her curiosity and courage as she traverses, meeting many strange and weird characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Alice is also somewhat helpful, in her (sort of) assisting the Duchess look after the baby which turns into a pig. Alice tries hard to be polite, but seems to fail to take into consideration others feelings.

The original Alice, drawn by John Tenniel, has free flowing hair like Ayumi and Alisa, and a simple dress like Lucy. The style fits in with the style of the time period.

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From Alice to Ayumi a clear archetype is formed, as the supportive younger sibling. It shows the character in a cute and encouraging fashion. These characters can’t be hated, and can cause much change to the emotional atmosphere of the world around them.

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