Archive for March, 2010

The Villain

March 30, 2010

I reference a prior speed painting to create the initial look for this Villain character. I then base his outfit on the varying shapes that make up a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The Librarian

March 30, 2010

During  the character design process, I discover various cultural meanings for the hand as a symbol. I also mask this characters true abilities by assigning her an eluding title.

The Tank

March 26, 2010

In this video I challenge my own bias against creating for a particular genre.

Terminator: Salvation

March 25, 2010

Terminator: Salvation follows humanity’s last bid to survive the constant onslaught from the machines. Man created robots deem humanity unsafe from itself and set out to destroy every last living being.

John Connor preaches to fellow members of the ‘resistance.’ His motivational broadcasts based upon tapes left to him by his deceased mother. The film tightly uses the ‘pre-‘ and ‘post-‘ contexts to portray the story.

Near the films end where John Connor is facing ‘termination,’ he pleads another robot figure to help him. Is the movie trying to present the theme that man’s reliability on technology is not actually a weakness?

The Jester

March 21, 2010

For this character, I begin by setting out to create a seductive and entertaining character. By analyzing the minor details on her outfit, I apply the myth of the Amazons to influence her potential motives.

Air Lady

March 19, 2010

The Outlaw

March 18, 2010

I quickly turn this character from a leader to an outlaw, while finding multiple meanings in one of his costume motifs. I attempt to link a narrative possibility with a prior character.

Back into Digital

March 18, 2010

The Pregnant Woman

March 16, 2010

In this video I bring about a brief description of a new tribe based on the Assyro-Babylonian creation myth. I also discuss the use of feminine symbols and their relevance to character design. 

Film: Children of Men (2006)

March 16, 2010

Children of Men (2006) is a post-apocalyptic based film, where the protagonist must escort a pregnant woman to a safe haven in a world where all woman are supposedly infertile.

The film keeps its focus upon the challenges and conflicts that occur throughout the story; choosing to keep the bigger questions unanswered and allowing the viewer to piece together the setting through the altered landscapes and the desperate survivors appearances.

A war wages between terrorists and the government. The activists fight for human rights as the British government has suspended immigrants from entering their country. Political propaganda suggests that the government prides themselves on being the only society that has upheld a a relatively stable regime. This notion could be a reflection on earth’s lack of unity when sharing resources.

I enjoyed the films focus on a particular story, not just acting as a commentary on how the apocalypse happened. The strong use of visuals to act out the setting allowed for a tight story.

This method seems to be appropriate for storytelling alongside illustration. Why describe in text what you can show visually? Would this not counteract the point of an illustration if a scene was fully described in text?