FMP Progress Diary -13 May 2018-

The work completed this week consisted of finishing up the digitisation of shelters, as well as the masking and colouring thereof, as well as starting upon digitising the characters.

The process for adding colour to these concepts was thus; Mask out the different areas of each design using the mask tool on separate (named and carefully stacked) groups, create layers within each group for further management, use reference images as sources for colour picking, add large swathes of colour, edit masks to refine edges.

The process was rather time consuming, however, it pays off with the overall efficiency of being able to change the edge quality of the masks, as well as the content within, quickly and easily afterwards.

For the character designs, I made sure to gather a variety of reference (proportion, anatomy, drapery/clothing etc.) to help inform my designs. The main challenge was created accurate drapery across the figures’ forms, as well as constructing the feet and hands. Masking of the female character has already occurred, with further refinement of the male character required before beginning the masking stage.

 

Designs:

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FMP Progress Diary -6 March 2018-

This week consisted of digitising the Weapons, Monoliths, and Structures/Shelters I had designed in my sketchbook. Using reference, including my sketches, I created the digital line-art of several of my designs.

The process was thus; import scans of sketchbook into Photoshop, lower opacity, create line-art while utilising a variety of line-weight and layers to help achieve depth and accuracy in my drawings.

Managing the amount of layers, as well as the refinement of the lines, was an ongoing issue. The danger lies within being absorbed by the details, therefore, one needs to be able to take breaks and pull themselves back in order to observe the designs as a whole in an attempt to create a series of cohesive and well-executed designs.

Designs:

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FMP Progress Diary -29 April 2018-

This week consisted of mostly Character, Armour/Clothing, Mask, and Weapon/Tool Sketches, with some supplementary structure sketches.

The use of reference from multiple sources; online and Natural History Museum (images taken by me at the museum), helped inform my designs via the use of studies.

The availability of materials, as well as different ‘levels’ of weaponry were taken into account when designing the weapons, with an emphasis on axes, clubs, and spears.

A similar stance was taken for the clothing/armour, with exploration into a possible enemy tribe’s cultural style as well.

Sketches:

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FMP Progress Diary -22 April 2018-

This week consisted of research, studies, and designs of shelters, structures, and monoliths. I worked in my sketchbook, making studies of the reference I gathered, and then dynamically moving between studies and designing.

The intent with the monolith designs is to create a series of rocks/carved-rock ‘obelisks’ that the human’s culture uses as a tool of worship, with the chemicals being the focus thereof, as is evidenced by the inclusion of the aforementioned chemicals in the monoliths themselves. The designs of the monoliths range from crude to carved and relatively complex, with face and crown-like designs being used to attach deity-esque connotations to the chemicals and their current understanding of their supposed origins.

The structures are constructed using materials found within the environment, with the inclusion of the monoliths being a large part of the more religious and culturally-focused tribes/communities. The complexity of the shelters range from simple leaning shelters to more complex huts and halls. The difficulty of constructing these shelters must also be taken into account, as well as the inclusion of a community aspect as opposed to a smaller group of people striking off on their own. A variety of factors influence the shelters that may be created, such as; type and availability of resources, predators or hostile tribes, weather, and community/settlement purposes etc.

Sketches:

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FMP Progress Diary – 8 April 2018 –

The first few weeks of my assignment were dedicated to Research, Planning, and initial Ideation.

Research-wise, I investigated a variety of topics, including; Evolution, Tribes, Urban Decay, Mutations, Chemical Exposure, and Genre/Visual/Design Inspiration.

With the help of said research, I was able to flesh out my conceptual idea to a better standard, planning out the different aspects and intricacies to greater detail.

Once satisfied that the overall idea had been established, I moved onto more specific reference gathering, and then promptly began to sketch out concepts.

The concepts that I have worked upon so far include; Chemical Storage Container, Elk (mutated and non-mutated), and Wolf (mutated and non-mutated).

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For both the Elk and Wolf concepts, a decent portion of the time was spent creating studies of the animals in an attempt to better understand their anatomy and structure. Later on I was pursuing ways of creating a ‘short-hand’ to easily represent the specific animal during the conceptual ideation process, where I created several thumbnails before developing several design directions.

The amount of days where I can consistently produce work are limited due to my wrist injury, therefore my output is not up to the standard that I desire.