Wow, it really has been a very long time since I updated this. There are several videos I wanted to get on here but youtube is being a little.... tricky would be the polite term. So for now, here's some of my digital backgrounds, plus the beginning of my flash sketchbook for andy.
This background is my crowning achievement for the background project. The only image that wasn't one of my own was the sky which i nabbed from a stock photo site. I created this in photoshop, working from several tutorials. While there are some noticeable flaws I am generally happy with the outcome, and I learned a fair amount about blending within photoshop and using dozens of adjustment layers. The theme for this background as I see it is a nice floating city that could have numerous air ships or crazy giant flying things (like the bird-creatures in avatar) flying too it, around it and away from it while the camera zooms in.
This one was drawn entirely within photoshop. About halfway through I began experimenting with using perfectly straight lines, which in theory should have looked better than my rough scribbly ones, but for me the straight edges look a little too computerised. I am happy with the overall effect however.
This one was a preliminary experiment for the image above. While I think it uses some interesting ideas and a fairly unique/dynamic light source it definitely lookes under-worked. Also the light beam could do with some tinkering but enough babble...
This next image is simply a photograph of somewhere in the french countryside (a location from which a large amount of my stock images come from) which I then put through several filters. This was never intended to be a final piece, but it was an interesting experiment. I think if I were to go back to it I would play a little with the contrast and try and tone down the brightness thats coming from the sky as it kind of ruins the whole water-colour effect.
This next one is just more photoshop fun and completely unrelated to any work ive been doing. But look how purdy!
Now we come to the flash project. Essentially we have been asked to do a 'Creature Comforts' homage/rip-off. I'm not quite at a point where i know exactly which direction I want to go with this as I have a few ideas taht I feel will work. I do have enough premise to start animating soon though, so I guess it will be up to my flash skills to decide which theme I choose to go with.
For these characters I decided to stick to the standard animal theme, which while satisfying to draw, doesn't really fulfill my desire to have something a bit querky. But nonetheless...
Here's some rough background ideas, nothing fancy
Notes and research:
Unfortunately blogger seems to be cutting off some of my images, so I am going to leave the rest of my notes in the book for now.