Last post! (for now)

So guys today is the last day of this project, and this will be the last post! Not to worry though, I wont be gone too long~ :3 I realise I hadn’t posted all my weekly tasks but I tried. Here’s one last task – Perspectives! Unfortunately I can’t find and image to go with the post (Quite inconvenient) but one example that I think works quite well is when the view is from the top and looks down on the character, but not quite birds eye view. This angle may be to express things like terror, fear or some sort, or perhaps thought? I don’t feel like I have it all down yet but that is what I could come up with. And with that I bid you adieu! Until my next project requires me to return to this eventful blog. :’D

Red Bull Billboard Ad Design – Medusa

red bull billboard

I’ve more or less, with this image, finished all the practical elements of the project. The last practical assignment for this project was to design a billboard ad for Red Bull. Since the character I had designed was Medusa, I thought this was an amusing idea. The basic design and layout is based on the Heineken ad I had mentioned in an earlier post and I twisted Red Bull’s slogan “Red Bull gives you wings” to match the Heineken ad’s curtness. On to the group’s critique and submission! 😀

Black Butler: Mey-Rin

Black Butler: Mey-Rin

Hey guys! Long time no post~ Being at uni really keeps you busy and on your toes, you know? So much so that since I had 2 deadlines before this project my routine was pretty much eat,uni,work – occasionally include naps. But that’s beside the point. Since I was slacking (hehe eÂŽe) I now have to catch up with my 4 remaining weekly tasks!! So here’s task 3 – Discussing the semiotics of a character by my favourite artist~ So my chosen character is Mey-Rin – a maid from the manga Black Butler by Yana Toboso. Let’s get analysing!

Looking at her design – she appears to be a simple maid. Her maid outfit is somewhat plain and the design hints at the time period she is from – Victorian period. The blanked out giant round glasses hint at bad eyesight. The boots are laced up and her bonnet holds her hair back. With this I believe her design is meant to represent functionality and simplicity – she is a maid, nothing more. For someone who is unaware of the story this is what they assume. However her true nature is that she is an assassin and so I believe the mangaka intentionally designed her this way to hide her true nature. Some people may have already guessed this though.

What now?!

Hey guys, if you’ve been keeping track of my blog then you’d know, or even if you don’t then here’s an update, I’ve finished my character turnaround sheet~ So what now? Well there’s one last thing left of this group project before the presentation – a billboard poster ad design!  I’m not much into advertising but I want to give everything a go atleast once! (tbh I don’t have much choice in this situation anyway >ÂŽ<” ) Also it seems my logo design did win in the end in our group, so hurray!! I think it’s about time to wrap this baby up – time to get cracking! (Not literally, don’t go wrapping up babies. Or cracking them for that matter. 😛 ) Anyhoo, let’s do our best for the last part of this project!! It’s been interesting for sure. :3

Billboard Ad Design!!

Billboard Ad Design!!

So guys, I finished the logo design, my research and character design and also my turnaround sheet. What next? Billboard poster design~ We talked as a group and using our research on Heineken and Red Bull, we decided to use this idea that Heineken had used previously. The before,during and after illustrations for our character should be interesting I should think! I’m looking forward to seeing they all turn out~

Medusa Turnaround Sheet – Final

Medusa Turnaround Sheet - Final

I finally finished the turnaround sheet! (Hurray!) 😀 Being my first time doing a turnaround sheet I struggled to get it right and measured correctly so they were the same at first, but with help from guides and grids and stuff, I got there! I took some tips from the previous blog link and took note of having one arm bent and one arm straight to help later on. I think I did okay, a lot more simple than I’m used to doing but doesn’t look too shabby if I say so myself. What do you guys think? Constructive criticism/critique is always welcome! Now…I just wait and see what my group thinks.

Medusa Turnaround Sheet WIP

Medusa Turnaround Sheet WIP

I figured it might be useful to post some screenshots of WIP’s. 🙂 *rages at Photoshop for being uncooperative while working*

Medusa – Style?

Medusa - Style?

As I was preparing to draw the turnaround character sheet for Medusa, I kinda realised that my usual style was a bit difficult for me to draw all the way around – also time consuming and I had to bear in mind time restraints. Not to mention this being my first turnaround sheet. So I considered drawing her in one of my other,simpler styles to see which worked. Although in this sketch page here, I liked both I went for style A rather than B as I think it’s more light and appropriate for the project.

Character Design Tips – Using Silhouettes

Character Design Tips – Using Silhouettes

This is by the same blogger as the previous post. In this post he talked about how to use “silhouetting” for a strong pose and character design. I also remember my tutor mentioning this and I’ve heard it mention a lot on art forums and journals and the like but never really used this idea to strengthen my drawings or designs. Now would be a good time to start I suppose 😀

Character Design – Tips and Notes

Character Design – Tips and Notes

So I happened to come across this blog post whilst looking for character turnaround sheet references and I must say, it was quite useful.  🙂 It gave me an idea on the whole character designing process (one that I don’t usually follow strictly) and other tips for drawing and coming up with the turnaround sheets~ There were a lot of examples from Disney movies and such so it was familiar and easy to follow!

February 2014