Monday, 19 December 2016

WIM - Alternative Lighting Render

What If? Metropolis - Art of Aupegate

Art Of; Aupegate by Jack Rushton on Scribd

WIM Digital Pipeline

WIM Artist Research - Presented as a Scribd document

Previous research from a blog post

What If? Metropolis - Reflective Statement

Over the course of this project I learnt many skills but in terms of the final outcome of the project I was not overly happy with the work I produced. This largely stems from my struggle to find a decent idea and concept. I think I didn't do enough brainstorming and research in the concept stages of the project. This resulted in concept art that wasn't exactly representitive of Louise Nevelson's work but due to poor time management I had to push through with the idea I had at the time so that I could make an acceptable render in Maya. In terms of the final render I was quite happy with the outcome. I spent a lot of time texturing and getting the lighting right, with nearly all the textures being painted in photoshop by myself. In the crit it was said that the lighting was too moody but I felt I achieved the look I was aiming for with the lighting which took many test renders to get right. Overall I feel that I should have worked harder during the concept phase of the project and this would have made the Maya side of the project easier for me. I feel like I don't struggle too much with Maya but rather the idea and art side, which is why on the next project I will focus more of my efforts on conceptualising the idea.

Friday, 9 December 2016

@Phil Updated WIM Concept art

I tried to make the buildings more "nevelson" without changing them entirely as I have already started modelling the assets

Friday, 2 December 2016

Flash - Jump Animation

In this lesson we filmed each other doing a jump and a throw. This is my finished jump animation

Friday, 25 November 2016

Flash - Silly Walking animation

This came out a bit jumpy so I think I will have to go back and change it when i get a chance

Thursday, 17 November 2016

What If? Metropolis - Another rough concept

The short story for this city, is that it was once the largest airport in the world but was abandoned, all the buildings are made from the materials and structures leftover. Every bit of building and any decoartion is made from disused materials found across the area.

Life Drawing 16/11/2016

Rough Concept - What If? Metropolis

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Black Narcissus Film Review

                                                                [Fig 1. Film Poster]
Black Narcissus is a religious drama film released in 1947 which was created by the duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It's a psychological drama which was different and groundbreaking for its time with the use of matt paintings and exploring themes that had never been previously explored in films. The story centres around a convent of nuns who have moved to a valley in the Himalayas and the emotional tension and lust within the convent which causes issues.
                                                               [Fig 2. Film Still]
The story begins in the nuns' original convent where we are faced with a lot of religious imagery such as the cross shaped table. This is relevant later on as when they move to the palace in the himalayas it is decorated much differently much to the distaste of the nun in charge Sister Clodagh, in the first half of the film there is much that is changed about the palace replacing tapestries that they seem unfit and statues to different deities other than christ. This contrast between the two worlds and the will of the nun's to change them is a big part of this film as it is the nun's who live a strict christian life travelling to an isolated village where people go by tradition rather than religion. The nun's constantly question things, such as the old wise man who sits in the same spot all the time yet they want to remove him from the spot. The male progatonist in the story is a British agent known only as Mr Dean who works in the valley where the nuns have been sent. Mr Dean is the focus of the problem of lust for the nuns with one nun (sister Ruth) having such lust for him that she quits the convent to try to be with Mr Dean and this is inevitably where the story takes a sharp downfall into chaos.
                                               [Fig 3. Film Still (Sister Ruth's Rage)]
The whole film is full of contrasts and conflicts even within the convent. You can see this by the different roles of the nuns even though they are supposedly equal you can see that Sister Ruth is treated bashfully and looked down upon by the other nuns. There is also the distinct contrast between men and women which are rarely seen in today's films, with a stereotypical strong man looking after the sisters being honest with his intentions and the luns who try to restrain their lust for him only showing him disdain. Yet another large contrast is between the locals of the Himalayan valley and the arriving convent who are working to change things about the locals and instill upon them a new religion, finding their way of life bizarre and non-sensical in some cases, such as Sister Clodagh's efforts to remove the holy man from his constant place of sitting.
                                [Fig 4. Film Still (the localy holy man in his tranquil spot)]