PROJECT IDEAS

FIRST IDEA

This is one was one of my very first ideas. I had a big image for this one in my mind and thought that I would be very happy with it. But unfortunately, after a while I kind of gave up on it because it didn’t have that “kick” that I wanted it to have. It still looked too “childish” for me and even thought I still thought it was nice, it just wasn’t something that I was proud of. I still didn’t have the chance to finish it but I wanted to go back to one of my other thumbnail ideas. 4

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SECOND IDEA

This was my 2nd design for my FMP. As you can see, I wanted to work with the low angle perspective and I have actually done quite a lot to it already. I still wanted to push the project more and I wasn’t too happy with the angle still. I just couldn’t get the legs right and so I made them look a little less in perspective, which ruined the whole effect I was going for. 3

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I then got fed up with idea, and tried to do something more simple.

THIRD IDEA

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But once again, I really didn’t like the idea and thought it was too simple for what I wanted to do.

Initially, if I did go with this idea, I wanted to make it so the background would pan and zoom in along with the characters and foreground. I would also have wanted to animate both the characters and background but I didn’t get around to painting anything background related yet.

LAST AND FAVOURITE IDEA: 

So for my last idea, I went back to the low angle painting idea and really tried to push myself with getting the perspective anatomy correct. I researched a lot of low angled reference pictures and went to YouTube for some tutorials on it too. Luckily, I was able to find the suitable tutorials for my needs and managed to really pull through with my idea.

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Plymouth University trip- 5th May

On this day in the morning we went to visit the Plymouth University’s gallery here in Plymouth.

I quite enjoyed walking around and looking at the different paintings and creations that were displayed.

Here are a few that I really liked. I like the first one the most because of the composition and the complexity of it. I found it really nice to look at and I also quite liked the colours that it’s combined of.

The 2nd one I found very pretty and I really liked the sketchy but neatness of it. It was very pleasing to look at and very inspiring.

I like the last one as well because of the sweet little designs it has.

Overall I have found it an enjoyable experience.

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ARTIST COMPARISON

Jason Chan vs Daniel Kamarudin

 

I chose to compare these two artists because I feel like they have influenced my artwork the most and gave me the biggest ideas and inspiration for my FMP style.

Firstly, Jason Chan’s works are very neat and tidy, while Daniel’s are much rougher and less tidy. I think that they both have very distinct styles and they both work on a very professional level. They both have a big following count and have amazing and inspirational works.

Jason works in a very realistic format and his characters often give out a lot of emotion and energy. I have noticed that his paintings often are painted with dark values which give more space for dramatic lighting and energy light sources.

I feel that Daniel’s works are very similar in that matter since he focuses a lot on darker paintings and his backgrounds usually consist of lighter colours to make the characters stand out more- a trick that a lot of artists use to make the character the main attraction in their paintings. Daniel uses a painterly style that give his artworks a lot of edge and make them very attractive to the eye. I really like his painterly style because in some of his amazing works it looks like as if he painted them on a canvas, but in reality they were created digitally.

Since they paint realistically, they don’t use lines in their works and both of their art styles are quite complex and they have a lot of details in both of their artworks which I really admire.

 

I feel that Daniel’s painterly style and Jason’s movement in his art, have really pushed my ideas forward and gave me what I came up with this week for my FMP. I want to try and combine those two to create something amazing and something I will be proud of.

Technical problems and problem solving

In the middle of my project I have set myself a goal of finding a great program to 2.5D animate my artwork.

In the beginning, I felt quite confident about using a program called “Spine”, which I thought was amazing and the reviews were very positive about it. But unfortunately it was very much out of my budget and a 7 day trial is not efficient enough time for me to animate everything.

After some research, I managed to find other programs that were also designed for 2.5D animating, but didn’t really stand out to me.

My second program that I managed to get my hands on, was “Moho pro 12”, which is a very similar program to Spine. I really liked the rigging you can do on it and I even experimented a little with my old fmp from year 1 on it. I separated everything I wanted to animate onto layers and tried animating. I was sure that I wanted to use it for my fmp but again, I was not satisfied enough. I wanted to really push my fmp to it’s limits and make it seem really professional, fluent and amazing.

My last resort was After Effects. I can truly say that I am very pleased with the program and I feel that it gives me everything that I ever wanted for my FMP. It’s a professional program that I was looking for and I am very happy using it so far.

WEEKS UPDATE

I haven’t been able to post a lot of week updates since my house move and having no internet but here is a small update on what I have been up to.

In these couple of weeks I have been focusing a lot on the actual creation of my FMP (the sketch) and After Effects research. Since I have never had any live briefs or tutorials on how to use it, I had to really focus on finding my own tutorials for it through YouTube, as well as my own experimentation with the program. I feel that I have learnt quite a lot by just experimenting with it by myself but I am very glad that I was able to find some really good tutorials that were able to explain very well the things that I needed to create and experiment for my FMP.

PROJECT IDEA CHANGE + PROBLEM SOLVING

Somewhere along the line of painting my FMP, I have decided to change the concept from the girl sitting down with the foxes, to a woman with her companion jaguar in a jungle. I wanted to go with the second idea first, but I didn’t feel confident enough with the low angle perspective that I really wanted to use in it. Luckily, after a lot of reference photos and some YouTube videos, I managed to push through and sketch out a drawing that I felt quite proud of. The thing I had some troubles with, was the jaguar’s awkward position and it’s perspective. In the beginning, I painted the jaguar coming down a big log but the perspective didn’t match to the girl so I had to scratch that idea. Later on, my friend suggested for me to try and draw the big cat laying down in her legs, that idea luckily has worked out quite well. I also had some troubles with the jaguar’s head position since I never painted an animal like him before. But it was nothing that some reference photos couldn’t help with.