Tuesday, July 17, 2007
There's this island idea where they could build off of eachother in some fantastical way. Only prob is that it looks like a pirate island. yar. This might be drawn out, but it was designed to look something like the dragon river spirit. The fog needs help, too. I drew it on sort of half hazardly because it was a thumbnail, and I have a tendency to do weird skies on thumbnails. I don't know why.
Then I thought about pirates of the Carribean, and about how the most recent one starts off in Thailand or something, and the whole city was actually built on the water on stilts instead of on land. I thought "hey, what if the poorest levels was on water in a bay, with the richer areas literally rising above and around them?" So I've got this thumbnail to sort of visualize whats goin down. Hopefully it makes sense.
That or it could just be a simple mountain, but there's this part of me that just can't do that. I tried to do that...but then made it floating. Like this.
Then I remembered they already did something like that on Star Wars. (also, the colors on this are...so different than they are right now. I leveled it but there's only so much you can do, that and apparently whats normal on my monitor is sort of yellow on all elses.)
Another weird idea--I remember this book on pictures of China I had at home, and this one village was on a mountain so steep that it looked like it was built into the mountain, a lot like the Native Americans did down in Four Corners (but on the base instead of the top of the cliff.) I was thinking that it appeared so cramped and busy with the houses piled on eachother like that, it would be good for a marketplace or poorer situation where things are stressfull and ... busy. Just a random idea. Plus, there are those huge statues carved into Mountains down in China, and you could stick a couple in the backgrounds to look pretty.
Monday, July 16, 2007
And another pic of good ole mom and dad, as dad readies himself to depart for the battle...I really need to get a hold of a book of Chinese armor. My goal here was for simplified, animatable designs. Sorry I totally copped out by cropping the feet--oops! Well, that's it for today!
Can I just say I have the worst time trying to spell the word "silhouette"...
Anyhow, here are some quick india ink silhouettes I did late Saturday night. I am working on some more finished paintings as we speak. Hopefully I'll have something post-able within a couple of hours!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
... and then there's this doodle I did in the mirror while Kat was getting HER hair cut. Just 'cause I'm SURE you all want to see my drawing of myself. Right? Who wouldn't?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
P.S.- I got a SERIOUS haircut. Just thought I'd let you people know. I look like Peter Parker. Or Peter Pan. I'm not sure which; it fluctuates.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Hm...I think blogger just shrinked it to a low quality...I guess I'll see when I post. Can you see both a flower and a butterfly? They should be two pictures uploaded different ways. kinda weird because blogger wants me to use it as a link instead of a IMG SRC which...anyways, we'll see.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Are you going to link to everyone else's blogs? Just curious. Mine's KeyserHouse if you were wondering.
Anyways, the good thing about missing a lot of time on this blog because the internet in my house is lame is that now I know I have a lot of stuff I don't even have to show you pertaining to the master anymore. Since y'all are narrowing down on a face (and my master face looks a lot of the same with bigger ears is all), I started looking around at costuming, and I simplified a getup I found on an old Japanese painting. (sorry if some of these are huge. I think it's photoshop thats crashing my computer, and I went back and made some smaller before it crashed, and I just don't want to go back again to finish the job.)
I was looking for a way to add the tiger into his clothes, so I liked the stripes down the middle and the stripes at his long sleeves. The over-tunic (or whatever you call it) reminded me of some white trash vest from the 80's, complete with rockin shoulders. He has a white trash attitude so I jumped on it. Also, for some reason I think all cats should dress like the 80's with big shoulders, maybe its because of too much thundercats and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yet, what it deos is give the Master a belly thats a different color than the rest of him, much like a cat deos. That and the tail down the front makes...a tail.
It deosn't include showing the feet, which I thought would be an upside for the animation simplicity...but then again it has a lot of lines. Should I look at stuff more simple than this? I only took 160 a year ago, and even when I was animating myself I put too many lines on my characters. Which sucked. Anyways, I gestured it a few times so you can tell me what you think for when I go back to my costuming research.
PS the right torso on there is way too high. Like a woman. In fact the entire pose is like a woman. oops.
I also have some emo mommies!
Playing around with her sadness, I put hair over one eye and felt like she shouldn't ever really look up. I played around with the skinniness and whether or not she should have bags under her eyes.
I was trying out this thing they do in asian paintings where women's dresses do these folds at the bottom and bunch up, but I don't think it worked out too hot here. I eventually stopped doing it so if you see it again I'm sorry.
PPS explain to me blogger: how can I go back and edit an old entry if I have a nasty mispelling or something?
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I think we should vote. Each and every single post or character design should be voted on. Rule. You can't vote on your own. We use a ten scale. One being the lowest and ten being the highest. A three is a three on the ten scale and a one is a one, we can escape using hurtful words this way and we can kill ideas by giving zeros to them. (as a note I don't think anyone has said anything hurtful, but this is a little less confusing than writing paragraphs about things and then having people wonder if you really think we should use it in the film or if you are being polite).
If something gets a consistantly low score (below 5) and is given this score more than three times, chances are we don't even want to elaborate on the idea. I think tens should be saved for finished designs and that nines should mean we by all means would like to further develope the characters.
This means everyone should comment on each post with a single number. This way we know what to develop further and what to drop all together. For example;
Original Boy design: 9
Simini's wounded tiger: 9
Jake's most recent mother posts: 9
This means, obviously, turtle city is dead and the rest I strongly think we should develop into finished designs...
Tell me what you guys think
I did these after seeing Jake's silhouette of the mother. I wanted to make her very fragile looking, and much heavier at the bottom, sort dripping, like she's wasting away from sadness. Kind of a lille extreme... but I liked the mood. looking at the screen now though she looks kind of evil... hmmm...
Yes, so, ignore the one were it looks like she's vomiting... I was trying to draw her with her ands over her mouth in shock, but, umm, failed. I like the one in the middle probably the best.
This is a sketch of the boy's mom in their situation after the dad dies at war. I had the idea of the mother having to work in the fields in horrible conditions.
Here's a couple of sketches for the master. I wanted to explore different extremes with this character, as far as age and size go.
And finally, yes, I'm not giving up on the sea turtle water spirit, because I think it's AWESOME, whether it's Chinese, Japanese, or Indian or whatnot. I mean, just imagine a ginormous turtle surfacing next to the bridge! Pretty much I'll be pushing this idea until it becomes a capital offense.
It has been brought to my attention that we are doing a bit of drifting in our design and story development. So... we have prepared for you a new and exciting task, a central direction that we will be following until we arrive at the desired destination.
Design the cast.
Ron's pre-giant-freaking-turtle post consists of stylized versions of each character in the film, together, more or less complete, tied together by commen elements in design.
Let us all do that. Each of us will put up, in one post, every character in the film, done in the same style and at the same level of completion. That is the format. That is the challenge. That is our direction.
I hope that, by doing this, we will arrive upon a style in which to continue our adventures in story and design, a style that we can all emulate, and a style that rocks.
With respect to backgrounds, I spent quite the pretty penny on books in chinatown- books on architechture, culture, clothing, etc. I would like these books to be used in development, so I'd like to hold off a bit on serious set development. Let's nail down our characters. Give 'em some personality. Give 'em some style.
Go to, and rock hard.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The film starts out in complete white and fades into this scene showing the turtes walking around with cities on their backs. the camera zooms in on the middle one as it slowly pans down.
The camera goes into another cloud and fades to white.
Show the boy leaving the turtle to go to another trtle or the main land across a bridge. A bird of prey flies overhead.
I kind of like the turtle idea because turtles kind of represent a home anyway. Plus I think it is better if our hero actually has to remove himself from his original environment as part of his journey. I think it makes him more alone which could add to the unfair life he has been dealt. I think it is better if he has to live with the man and dosent go home to his mom every night.