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Monte Cook Games: Sculpting Light

This is my first commission for roleplaying game company 'Monte Cook Games'. I've loved the work of 'Numenera' since I first saw it almost two years ago, the colours are amazing, the world seems fantastic, and a few months ago when I was contacted by them to produce some work for their 'Numenera' and 'The Strange' I jumped at the chance! This is my first piece of work produced for them, and I'll post up a few WIP shots so you can understand how I arrived at my final piece. The brief was as follows: This image is of a male human wearing a science-fiction (with a little superhero) inspired body suit. The figure is outlined in a nimbus of glowing orange light. He’s projecting a stronger pulse of this same light from his hands, which “Green Lantern-style” has formed into a protective shield between him and the attacks of an advancing troop of 3-4 venom troopers. I was provided with the following image for reference when dealing with the Venom T…

Weekly Update #8-9: Turnarounds and Final Animatics

It's hard to believe only two weeks have gone by. Since the pitch and having everyone join the group so much work has been completed. After some revisions we've created roughly 6 variations of the initial storyboard. We noticed that in the first test, the character her monster are hardly the best of friends, which isn't exactly what we were looking for. Our character is an adventurer, she's already caught monsters herself and so she's pretty sure of herself when it comes to tracking down monsters, however she's also quite clumsy and so despite her ability she's not the greatest tracker out there. Her monster on the other hand is very simple, it's her stalwart protector and will stand up to anything she requires, they've been friends for a long time. It is also quite young though, and so is quite curios and can be prone to being started as you can see in the animatic. There were also some issues to do with pacing and understanding the narrative of t…

Weekly Update #7: Presentations and Storyboards

This week has all been about preparation. With my few sketches I needed to prepare a presentation for the rest of my class in an attempt to try and gather some other artists, animators and TD's to make what was only an idea in my head into a fully functional short film. What made this more terrifying was knowing that there were other projects out there that I knew were great animation fodder. One project was purely about different dancing styles, and I knew this work would be amazing on an animators portfolio. I began to worry that I wouldn't receive either the number of animators I wanted or have the level of talent I knew the year was capable of. I quickly made a presentation in order to try and give everybody what they wanted. I wanted a short film and opportunities to make stylized assets, and I knew others wanted good work for their portfolio. And so this is what I pitched: I was surprised by the amount of positive feedback I received. almost instantly I had animators…

Weekly Update #5-6: Mongols and Monsters

After suffering some illness there was a bit of a drawback on some of my work. I quickly recovered however, and now with the Computer Animation course's final project pitching session coming up soon I decided it was time to really begin fleshing out the production itself. I'd sketched a male character for the series, but I'd hoped to create a female character for the short film. With my production partner Hollie we set out to create a series of references in the real world which we could draw from: Quite quickly though, as you can see, we found ourselves revolving around more African and Mongolian Motifs. The problem with this however, was although we loved these inspirations, our world in which the short is set is specifically 'fantasy', which is naturally very western in its style. And so I began trying to incorporate certain elements from all these styles into something more tangible. It began quite roughly, it felt like it was all over the place. But I h…

Weekly Update #4: Flying Creatures - Scaled and Singing

This week was the end of my contribution to the Android commercial project, the model has been fully designed and textured, and now the animator begins their work. This however leaves me with 2 weeks spare from this 7 week project. I have nothing left to contribute towards my original group, and so I was assigned to a different group in a different class. In the University of South Wales collaboration between the computer animators and VFX artists is encouraged, but it's not something that happens too often. If our courses deadlines were more coherent with one another it may help, but sadly this is not the case. Regardless, I have 2 weeks spare and someone in VFX needs the quick attention of an artist. Specifically to texture a dragon model they have from a previous project of theirs. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of the model itself. I feel like the anatomy is wrong and with no clear reference to existing creatures I'm unsure as to what the VFX student is looking for. I lo…

Weekly Update #3: Muscles, Metal and Musings.

This week was primarily spent doing small tweaks to existing work, or practicing new styles or techniques on existing designs. First off is the Android, it has been fully textured and all the areas are colour coded. however, once the texture maps were applied I found the design to be vastly too 'cartoon-like'. And so I experimented with the texture maps. As you can see below are what the original map looks like. I decided to try adding some metallic detail. I wanted it to be incredibly subtle however, and so using a very low opacity and having the texture on 'overlay' allowed me to pull this texture map away from the cartoon world and add some realism to it, without detracting from it's very simple design. We were also asked to quickly produce various head types in Zbrush. Whilst this obviously isn't my first time using the program, it's the first time we've been 'officially' told to use it in university. Here are some of the mock ups I quick…