Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Minor : Reality Fish orthographics

The Koi Carp in my animation will become a real life fish when it jumps out of the fans and into the real world. So iv'e begun on a set of orthographic drawings for him based on real koi for its model.

Fish colour/pattern designs

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fish & Crane designs

More experimenting, Looking at the Crane character this time and looking at potential styles as Fan version and also how it might build up into a 3d version when it is out of the fan - so again looking at a bit of origami.

more drawings

Friday, 17 October 2014

Minor: Influence Maps: fans, art style influences

On thinking how to make the setting of a Japanese antique shop more believable, i've looked into finding different objects that could be there, and also looking into the idea that other objects could hold the animated creatures/worlds, and not just fans. 

Sheets of traditional Japanese art to help with the style designs of the worlds.

I looked at the video game Okami's concept art, which used a Japanese painted style and distinct markings on the character to make it recognisable, I think since it was not overly expressive

I think i'd be going in a similar direction and need to have distinct scale/fin/ marking designs for my fish character.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Minor: Fish & Fan silhouette test

A Maya test which turned into a silhouette test in After Effects - looking at ways to make the effect of a fish animated in a fan may look from the outside view.  

Minor: animated texture testing

To help with visualising how some of the effects taking place in the fan might work like, i've taken a particular fish design and applied similar textures to cubes to test out an animated effect - just by altering colours at this stage to see how it works. (footage is a bit jittery from looping.) It could potentially work for Fish scales, or for a water effect.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Minor: Fish Experiments

 Sheet of origami inspired designs, looking at how a paper fish might be put together as a 3D made object.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Minor: Fish Design Experimenting

Using inks and watercolours to get a Japanese feel in the initial drawings - Starting out by doing illustrative style sketches, and will be working on how that will translate into 3D. 

I did a small experiment with paper (top left) by gluing multiple fish cut outs to create a 3D effect 

Minor: Design Influence Map

Looking at some Japanese Art, as well as Japanese Fish designs, in order to start designing the world of the fans. For the Fish, trying to figure out how it will look, when in the fans and when in the real world.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

@PHIL Story idea, & storyboard drafts

My focus really has gone on this one idea ...  Feel more strongly towards this or similar and so have written up a draft story/script and storyboard to explain it 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

minor project - fan design research

To get some inspiration for a Japanese Fan-based story, below are a collection of designs so far .

Saturday, 4 October 2014

@PHIL Minor project

Origami ideas

Research: The 1000 Cranes

An ancient Japanese Legend, which says that those who fold 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish from a crane. Some believe you will be granted eternal good luck or a long healthy life. The crane is a mystical creature in Japanese culture, That is said to live for 1000 years.

The Crane is now an international symbol of peace, which came from an inspiring story based around a girl called Sadako Sasaki - An atom bomb survivor. She heard of the crane legend and began to make 1000 paper cranes, in order to wish to be well again and to live. She made 644 cranes, until she realised, after seeing other children dying, that she was going to pass away soon. So she aimed to wish for world peace instead. After she died from leukaemia, her classmates finished the cranes in her memory. 

“I will write peace
on your wings
and you will fly
all over the world” 


 Sick girl makes origami figures. She makes the Cranes, attempting to make 1000. She becomes too sick and [writes peace symbols] in the wings of the cranes, wishes for them to spread peace. and goes to sleep. In the night, the figures come to life and fly out the window. They spread out and (

narrow down to one crane? the crane returns to the girl, who has passed away. The crane climbs into her hands to rest with her forever. 

Paper Dolls

 A paper doll book is in [a girls room] [a shelf in a shop] [given as a gift to a young girl] but the girl doesn't want it and gets tossed somewhere. the page falls onto a paper doll . The doll and clothes are an old fashioned collection. The doll looks around, and pops out of her book and goes to steal the other dolls paper clothes out of their books. She has to climb up to their shelves. She tries them on, and finds that she looks just like the other dolls. She soon finds that the girl wants to play with her now and becomes her favourite.

[period of time passes - years?] and the little girl has gotten bored of the fashion dolls and [chucks them out/ or something] and plays with the older dolls again. quote on the back of her says something like ‘be yourself’ etc . 

Paper Fans

There is a shop selling painted fans.  The fans show different illustrations- A solitary bird, a mountain, the ocean, the sunrise. 

The bird is alone and has nothing to do in its fan so it escapes and looks for adventure..

The ocean fan invites the bird to come and live with it. The bird flies over into the ocean fan but nearly drowns from the waves.

The mountain fan invites it, but the bird is too cold and almost freezes.

The sun fan invites it but almost burns from the heat.

The bird gives up. Then a fan with trees and other birds see the bird beaten up. they come to rescue it and bring it into their fan where it happily lives.

not so literal paper design stories - signify delicacy etc

paper train - A conductor travelling through weathers to deliver …something (gift to another?) through different seasons.  Snow causes train to get wet and dampen, sun causes something to catch fire, wind blows train off tracks, autumn leaves cover train in leaves etc.
when he arrives ... gift is severely damaged but paper doll girl loves him for coming all that way. / (as a train conductor he can only stay for a short amount of time before he has to leave again)

other thoughts.. 
board game come to life
Ice Skaters
paper dragons
paper aeroplane
Ice skater.  - an alternate version of the red shoes?
an animal living in a jungle..

Wednesday, 1 October 2014