Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow White and Rose Red

Hello, again!

In the group project I'm a part of the Fairytale Book Trailer I have been given the roles of  a Character Designer and Publicity Director. We singled out a very specific, lesser-known Grimm tale to focus on; Snow White and Rose Red. The story can be found here. My job as Character Designer is to aid in making concepts for our modern reboot of them.

For my character designs, I felt that the first step was research. After all, how could I reboot a couple of Fairytale characters I knew little about? You have to know the original very well to make a remix! So I went to the Columbus Metropolitan Library and checked out a couple of books featuring translations of the original tale. As a companion to that, I found and checked out a book on period fashion from Ancient Greece to the 1950s; I focused mainly on the Medieval and 1830s sections, as the tales were published in the 1830s-40s and I also knew that a lot of the original stories were written to resemble a "simpler" age.

After all that work, I began to look up pictures others have done of the pair, who seemed very close in the story. A lot of people made this Snow White looked like the Disney one, which I thought didn't fit very well; she was supposed to contrast her sister, and they were both names for rose bushes. A white rose bush wouldn't have any black on it.

There were some that had her as blonde, which I found myself instantly more attracted toward. I also began to think that, though it's never stated, the girls act like they're the same age in the story, and I though it'd be cute if they were fraternal twins.

So, thinking/research now aside, I set to work; I wanted to make them older than young girls, but not too old; I wanted them innocent, but old enough to marry. Round faces, delicate chins, round eyes. Very similar to each other. But Rose Red's hair is curly, her eyes are also more slanted. They're similar, but not the same.

And here are some of my inspirational images (click on the images for sources):

Other inspiration can be seen here.

Now, as Publicity Director, I know I have a lot more to do; logos, color palettes, posters, fonts, web layouts, etc. However, since there's a lot that needs to be hashed out about website ideas, I kept it simple for now and just stuck with making layout designs with a little color.

The motif of the roses appears twice. Roses can symbolize romance, innocence, life, backstabbing, and that's just a small sample! Given this tale, I thought they were more about innocence and wild beauty. So I stuck to lighter colors and tried to incorporate those roses in a series of light and simple designs, featuring colors for both of the girls.


I have some vague ideas about some of the other things to come, but first I need to meet with my group and finalize what we're doing with the basic site whether it be tumblr or a blogger these are just images for the background.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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My comments can be found here for the Pipeline Project:

Pipeline Project

Well, hello there again! The next assignment is to propose a pipeline project. A pipeline is a flow of creation on a fairly large group project- this one will consist of fifteen people. The project will be documented and one person will direct it until the concept is fully completed. Of course, I have experience in large group projects- Ad Concepts being the major class that has one full class session dedicated to team projects- and it does take work to direct, gather and lead a good sized group to fully indulge themselves with the project.

Anyways, my proposal is that of a comic animation. Let me define comic animation: it will be a comic with select panel(s) being animated either by action, like a knife being thrown, or words, like a sentence or just a major word. 

The example above is beautifully done with lots of attention to detail and meaning. Plus, it can incorporate different majors into one big collaboration, giving everyone -and I mean everyone- a chance to shine. If chosen, I wouldn't necessarily follow this example exactly, with its use of knives and stuff, but draw inspiration from it with its creative use of the part, the paper, and the person narrating.

As I said, it would have different majors involved in the making. The conceptual side would need character designers, storyboard artists, screenwriters, color scriptors, background artists, prop designers, et cetera who could be illustration or animation majors. We would also need artists to do the final drawings.

We would also need Cinematic Arts majors; they would assist the story-boarders with their knowledge of what works/looks good on camera, and they would be the ones recording the live sections. 

Photo majors, aside from just being shoved aside into the documentation side, could maybe get involved with a little stop motion, if we decide to put it in. 

With all three, I expect an exciting mix of media and a very interesting short.

So, now that the technical stuff it out of the way, what is the basis behind my idea? Aside from the multi-media film?  Well, I was suddenly inspired when I saw the scarf my girlfriend got me; what if we took our most personal/favorite items and turned them into characters? We would have a wide variety like this; each character would be based off the colors of the item and its overall design.

For example, I did a quick rough of the scarf I mentioned; notice how the long, stretched shape of the scarf is shown in the character's body type, and how I based the character's colors off the ones in my scarf. 

Each character would have a power related to what he/she is based off of. The scarf guy can use his scarves almost like wips or arms, grabbing things or slapping things or wrapping around things, et cetera.

So, with fifteen or so people in a project, how do we narrow it down? There will be a lot of characters! Well, some of it will be knocked down due to palette. As for the rest, vote and best ideas will become the main five or six. The others can be background characters.

What about theme and plot? I know I want the characters to find a common goal/fate, and to overcome differences. The rest I'm leaving open so that, if this is chosen, the team gets to propose ideas and we can merge them to get the very best of all our minds.

So, that's it! I left is vague, but I feel like these big things work best that way. I definitely look forward to the project ahead, whether I'm picked or not.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Menagerie: Final- Colorful tea cups for everyone!

It has come to this. The final for the menagerie project. I had a lot of fun doing this project and like the end product, however I am wishing to come back to this and fiddle with it some more.

From the last post, there were, yet again, more changes. Instead of having the tea cups in the bottom corner and have the characters colored, I have the characters completely void of color while the only pops of color are the tea cups themselves, the backgrounds, and something on the character like fingernails or tea pouring out of a cup. Sterling's sketch was changed to the current one below and all of the characters are breaking from their frame of reference.  

The colors for the backgrounds came from one of the other characters color palette. Casper has the same purple-red from Ambrose's color palette, Sterling has the bright orange from Casper's palette and Ambrose has the neutral orange from Sterling's palette. I thought it would give the illustrations some extra spice and will help enhance the illustrations even more.  

This project really had me get in tune with my characters and choose things on their behalf and not of my own: my preferences are different from theirs, this project was based around them and not around me.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Menagerie: I chose...

It has come down to this moment, this post is dedicated to my final decision between the dressers and teacups. Both had very fun components I could mess around with and palettes I could create an awesome triptych illustration, however, I had to choose just one...


The teacups, to me, seemed to be a wonderful and creative idea to go for over the dressers. I also think I would have the most fun with the teacup project because I have a better connection to these characters and know their personality. From my previous post, which I did an overhaul edit, I showed four different palettes for the three teacups and explained why I chose the teacup shape and the palette that the character would lean to.

Below are the basic concept sketches to my final illustration, they show the characters interacting with their teacups as they would on any given day. Casper, on any typical day, would love to talk about all of his eccentric items with anybody who would ask. Holding out his prized teacup to his visitor, he would proudly speak about the cup's origin- a cup he found on a daily walk through a boutique shop- with a broad, yet beaming smile.

Ambrose, the more reserved man that he is, would rather spend his day in front of his fireplace, a classic book in his hands and curled up on his couch, sipping on a flavorful cup of tea from his petite teacup. Ambrose, when asked as to why he has such a petite and near feminine cup, softly strokes the swirled handle, blue eyes softly glittering as he says the cup is just like him: petite, yet strong. Simple, yet elegant and he wouldn't have it any other way. 

Sterling, obsessed with death and decay, would rather place his cup upon the top of his head and sit perfectly still than use it to sip tea from. Unlike his more serious and reserved partner, Sterling gnaws on the handle, looking up from beneath disheveled and messy silver hair to smile, taking the small and delicate object. He places it back on his head, resting next to his partner as the fireplace crackles and the soft turn of a page fills the silent room. 

Below is the possible layout for the illustration. The squares with the characters interacting with their teacup will be lined up along the top and down in the corner will be their chosen teacups. Underneath the squares are the chosen color palette for them (based on their cups), more colors will be used, like a light peach for skin or a lighter shade of yellow for the pages of the book Ambrose is holding. 

This project has really brought me close to these characters, especially when I had to get into their mindset to pick and choose the cups, the colors and analyze their personality to draw out how they would be presented with their cup. Of course the color palettes will be broadened and I have fresh ideas on some more layout combinations, which I will add, as well as some more possibilities on how each character will be presented with their cup.