This is a concept for my Synoptic project that may not end up in the final game due to time limitations, but I was proud of anyway.
I designed a deer head to be mounted on the wall. I do not yet have the pencil sketches scanned in for the art book, but they were crucial for the design of the antlers and face shape.
After this I drew a diagonally-on picture of the head in Photoshop with the colouring of the fur I would like to be replicated if it gets modelled.
We agreed it is sad the deer is cute since its dead, but I’m glad managed to get some character across. I think got him to look slightly disappointed/afraid instead of emotionless. I didn’t redraw the antlers here as I had already designed those and just wanted to focus on the deer’s face and fur.
During the week off I completed a concept piece for the gramophone asset in the escape room.
I used Photoshop and a technique of not blending, but layering colours to create a metal sheen on the instrument to draw this. It’s shape is slightly exaggerated, but as gramophones go, they already have quite extreme characteristics (huge speaker, small box).
I am quite happy with the design and have begun some pencil sketches of it. I still need t design a pedal/handle to match the silver-gold design for the side.
On Sunday I was wondering if any colour concepts had been done for Adam’s chandelier model. He has started some pencil sketches, but I didn’t notice them on the trello until after (just the dimensions as a cover picture on the card). I thought it might be useful for me to put an idea in before I knew, and it is still there as concept on trello now, though it looks as though he has went for a ‘swirlier’ design.
I looked up some 1920s chandeliers and they all seemed to be these waterfalling glass chard designs. This totally changed my idea of what a chandelier looked like in my head and felt more modern than my original thoughts. This is about as new as the light in the house could be, as the house was abandoned around the 20s, but older designs would be fine as the house was old.
I drew this up on Photoshop and made the light quite dim against my new wallpaper design. I added some sparkles to show the light was pretty glass and the colour was warm. The light wouldn’t be very bright because of the age of the house and light bulbs.
Overall I am happy with my idea, but I have seen Adams model forming and it looks very ornate and lovely, and I certainly like the more intricate chandeliers a lot.
Lately I have improved on older designs. Firstly I have come up with a logo I am quite happy with. It is currently waiting to be peer reviewed by the team, but compared to my logo concepts I think it fits well with the game. I used a font fitting a 20’s speakeasy, rather than an extremely old fashioned font, as that is closer to the setting of the game. I then drew a contrasting looking TRAPPED. I included my favourite idea of having the ‘in’ trapped in ‘trapped’. I think it is a subtle play on words based on the spacing.
I then played around wit this idea and sorted some of the spacing. I wrote my own ‘IN’ and liquified and scruffed the font up. I also used a filter on TRAPPED and embossed the lettering to look 3D. I think it looks almost metallic, getting away from the out-of-place blood in the concepts (as there is not blood in the game).
I have also listened to Tony’s advice on my portrait. He said to add dark shadows on the dress to bring out the detail in the characters’ faces. At first I was hesitant as this was an early photo of a seemingly now estranged couple; they should be surrounded by light, happy, yet eerie lighting. Once I balanced the black with some on top and it looked more like a vignette I can see the effect on the mood of the painting. I like how it brings out detail, but also adds mystery to the picture. I considered this before, but never did it as I was afraid it would look too harsh.
I like how it looks like the lighting was focused on the couple’s faces and distracts from the background somewhat. I hope the team like it this way as it is yet to be added to the game as an object.
A few months ago I designed a character. She is a waitress. I enjoyed the way my pencil sketch looked more than the digital work, and now I have had more practice digitally painting I felt I could do a better colour headshot.
Last time I painted with all brushes and layers on 100% opacity; since then I have learnt a lot about changing opacity layers, and that the blending brush is not the only way to blend and shade.
I learnt to do this recently and it was difficult to learn as someone who can spend hours blending colours as if they were paints. I definitely treat my digital painting like acrylic paints for the longest time (something I would always use in traditional media) with the bold unforgiving colours and difficult blending for a vibrant result. I am only now learning to sometimes treat the work like watercolours too.
For this I actually painted on top of the pencil lines in Photoshop, with low opacity layers being built up, letting the original sketch show through. I am learning that not everything needs to be smooth to have the right effect, and that often that can subtract style from a piece.
This version is more muted, and more rough, which I like. It also meant I could follow my original line art and not start from scratch.
I’ve produced some keys concepts for the Synoptic project. Nikki is modelling them, and I have been working on some final designs.
I firstly came up with some quick ideas. I then Worked from that to create a final key I like. Now I have re-drawn that concept as a final concept; a golden-metal key.
Today I drew a darker rendition of the key with some different features as another key for the game, possibly a decoy. I know they need multiple keys, so for now I have made sure to design a working key and a decoy key.
Today I began UI concepts for the game. I have come up with a few logo concepts I think could fit the theme already.
I used old Style fonts and my own handwriting, mixed with red splashes. I am not sure if the gory reds fit well with our game as there is no indication of Danger, but it would add to the mystery if it were in the book.
I like that the final logo is all free-handed, and that the “IN” is technically trapped. I do like the instantly dated feel the others give. I would like to take pieces from these logos to finalise one. As they are just concepts my team will hopefully choose what they would like in the UI also, as it represents their game.
Today after I researched art books for reference, I did a sample of our own for Bleak Manor.
The team thought about it a lot, then when I asked their ideas on it they said they would love a brown paper background with ink spills on the edges.
To achieve that I used a brown paper texture, then painted- with varying opacity- a dark blue spill on the edges. I also added a subtle vignette and a yellow glowing the middle as though a small amount of light is hitting the page in the centre.
After that I decided to use my smoking chair as the example, because I had access to drawings of the whole process on hand. I put the initial concepts on the page and tilted them, adding shadows being to simulate the pieces hanging off from one pinned point. I think it looks realistic on the page this way.
I then used my chair concept, deleted the background colours and shadow, then overlapped it slightly on the page as a final, eye-catching object. I added a new shadow and set it in a large space. I think it looks good to have it with no background on the page.
Also the team wanted some fancy handwriting as a font. For the real thing this can either be neater or messier, but I tried to use neat but quick handwriting for this (with extra swirls). I was told it filled the space well, and it ties in the spilled ink with the page itself.
So far everyone seems happy with the layout. I was going to do multiple examples, but people said it was what they pictured, and the rest was what I pictured to look good; so this will likely be the sample we give to Matt next week.
On Tuesday I used my desk sketches to come up with a concept for the writing desk. I chose my favourite aspects from my original designs and used them to create a desk I was happy with. It is old, wooden and glossy. It has gold tinted metal handles on the drawers and cupboard compartments.
It has the same dimensions as the desks I designed before (The most important of which being the fact it is 60 inches wide). I will have to sketch this desk from a diagonal-back angle I think, to show how it looks behind and to give more of a look at the scale itself; so at that point I will write the final measurements on the concept before handing it to the modellers.
I actually used the dimensions Adam researched and put into Trello for reference. Before even searching for images I had decided to do a desk this style, and the sizing he came up with allowed me to use that.
I also decided to play around with a few undertones for the wood colour for the modellers who end up texturing this desk. I think a reddish undertone would look classic, but the desk chair doesn’t have that, so I think it can be the modellers decision for what works best for them, and for the team to decide if we should match the wood colours for the chair and desk, or have them bought separately and look unique. Neither has been made yet so that can be decided whenever, as my concepts are mainly for the shape and design, I don’t mind what gets changed, if it means it works better for the room.
Yesterday I finished a portrait to go on the wall in Bleak Manor for my synoptic. I Used Photoshop to do this. It is a painting of the former owners of the house on their wedding day. Based on the woman’s makeup and hair, and the way they’re posed, we can imagine it was around 1920. The sinister looks in their eyes are because the painting takes time to do, but also they are mysterious people.
I drew the people from scratch and used Matt’s advice of using a bookshelf photo in the back, burring it and adding overlays. I also them drew in a vignette. I didn’t make the picture too dark or gloomy because this is meant to be a happy occasion documented, but there is contrast in their facial expressions of that.
I originally drew my idea for this painting on paper. The girl looks quite different, but I think I kept the style similar for the man.
I think the drawing looks a bit too smiley, and I had put no research into the dresses of the era or anything yet. I also think the flowers were too much of a colourful idea.
I am happy with the outcome of the picture and hope it looks good in the room.