Today I finished a drawing I didn’t expect to. I first started this as a little drawing experiment, but when I was putting together my portfolio I realised the character looked interesting and different to the rest of my art, so decided to finish the whole drawing. All I had before now was the character and a grey floor.
I really like the turnout, it reminds me of my old GCSE art as I did a topic where the person in focus was looking out at their dream world.
I liked the difference in colour and style to my other college work and the use of different techniques I’ve practised over the year that I have slipped in.
Today I finished my drawing of Gamora, one of my all time favourite Marvel characters. She is super interesting to watch because of her character and appearance. I thought it would be fun to draw a picture of her; including her colourful skin and hair, and line work.
I think it turned out as fun and colourful as I wanted. I didn’t intend to copy Zoe’s face but to exaggerate her features a bit and make it more stylised/cartoon-ish. I still went in on detail, though.
Today is our last day of scheduled lessons in Next Gen. It doesn’t feel like it, and these 2 years have flown over.
I didn’t intend to join the course as I was told I wasn’t going to be good at it since first year included a lot of technical and mathematical work, and I didn’t do computer science in school; but the second I realised A levels wouldn’t be right for me I tried this course and am so happy I did.
This year has been less about learning, and more about applying our skills. For me, this was concept art. I have used it to develop skills and techniques in digital art, as well as decide what I want to do in university. I have made great friends and memories during this time and think going with my gut was the right thing to do.
As well as that, I made great stuff too- being a part of people’s group projects made me feel as though my art was needed. I am still learning a lot about how to achieve what is in my head on the screen in front of me.
I am beginning to get excited about what is ahead of me now, university, jobs and experiences. I hope to have as much fun there.
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.
I finally came up with a frame design I would like to go over the portrait for the room. It is bronze-gold in colour and very large, to cover the safe.
I also completed my concept for the desk, as I have drawn a sketch of the back corner. I wrote on the dimensions from that angle too.
Adam had the idea to add detailing into the edges of the desk. I wasn’t adding extra details into models because I didn’t know how long the modellers wanted to spend on each model, and didn’t want to add unnecessary tasks to the model. As it turns out they are welcoming details in the concepts and want to add more. They’re already doing cool stamps etc. so I will take that in for further designs.
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.
One of my tasks in the synoptic project is to create a desk for the room. I have to come up with a concept quite quickly. Firstly I got some research images.
Then I picked some of my favourite attributes from these desks and applied them to my own designs. I was insistent on the two sides of drawers like the majority of references. I prefer my second design as it has more character I believe.
It has to be 60 inches long. I have included a variety of drawers and compartments where a key (or decoy) could be hidden. I also think it would be fun for the player to have different sizes and styles of compartments and doors in the game to work and play with.
The next step will be a digital design of my desk, and then for it to be reviewed and (hopefully) modelled; if not I will make changes to the design until the team is happy with it.