Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Hero & Villain - Fashion Designers

We had to do another one of those things where we take a life drawing and push it into a character, our direction this time was to make a hero and a villain. So rather than do a cliché hero and villain in a sci fi or fantasy setting, I wanted to try something different and I decided to do characters based off fashion models/designers. 

I've always been fascinated by how outlandish the designs are of haute couture fashion and always thought their designs and approach could be applied to character design the same way their designs are distilled into typical clothing. I looked mostly into Alexander McQueen's stuff since they tend to have very striking imagery, unusual texture, and extremely strong silhouettes. I also just really wished more mainstream animation took designs tips from haute couture fashion, some interesting imagery could arise from it. Some films have that feeling such as The Fall thanks to Eiko Ishioka's wonderful and creative costume designs and many of Coleen Atwood's work. 

Anyway here's my villain Eloise Von Snoot:

Former fashion model turned fashion designer and couturier, Eloise has become one of the top designers in the industry only second to Lillian.

Top left is the original life drawing done in ink. Originally a hero stance and a typical medieval-fantasy like character, it slowly evolved into something more sinister. It is really fascinating to see the slow evolution from the original to the final. Eloise's silhouette is taken from one of Alexander Mcqueen's Savage Beauty designs. Ever since I came across that image I just had to incorporate the silhouette somehow into an evil character at one point. 

Meet Lillian Forsythe:

Lillian has been a model since she was 3 for children's clothing. At the age of 16 Lillian started her own fashion label which quickly rose to popularity in a couple years. She was declared the #1 Top Fashion Designer for 3 years in a row. Lillian is known for modelling her own designs down the runway.

Here's the original drawings and some roughs that got to the final. Her clothes are a mix of a ton of fashion designs I looked up as reference. I think it turned out fine, I just wish I had more time to refine her design and maybe push it even more like Eloise's. 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Caricature Sculpture

We got to sculpt the model and caricature him! It was a ton of fun and extremely relaxing. The time flew by as we did it and I heavily enjoyed the process.

I was on the fence about adding eyes but I really liked, from my position at least, how the light was coming from above and casting a dark shadow because of the eyebrows I made. I decided not to put any and (if lit correctly) gives it this feeling he's looking pretty far. I really digged this assignment!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Royal Winter Fair

Some drawings I did from The Royal Winter Fair!

We had to make an illustration based off a drawing we did while we were there. My friend and I wanted to go see the sheep herding event, so we did and we drew. It was also very entertaining and cool to see how the border collies were so well trained to always move the sheep towards the owner. 

I found the way the sheep reacted and moved to be humorous. They always looked extremely scared and whenever they moved as a group, they always created this nice flowing composition that directed your attention back towards the dog which is what I did for this illustration. I made sure the bunched up sheep had some sort of flow that pointed back towards the dog. 

And the page of extremely rough sketches of the sheep herding event.

Some sketches from The Royal Winter Fair.

 Lots of sheep because there weren't much animals out when we went for some weird reason apart from the sheep. Even then, there weren't much sheep out either. I was looking forward to drawing birds but the entire area where they would be was just empty cages. I was sad.

Multi-plane Layout

Long time no see! I'm back and will be posting some stuff from the past semester. Apologies for the lack of posts but school got busy, then busier, then even more busier. It was non-stop. Anyway I'm back since it's winter break so here's my first update!


Here's my MLA assignment which turned out way better than I had ever hoped considering I'm not much of a layout guy. I love compositing so putting it together was a ton of fun as well!

Unfortunately my roughs are at school and they aren't open until next week! I will update this post or make a new one when I do get my hands on them again. We had to make a mini pitch package with the concept art we did for it.