Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pitcho Projecto.

Colonel Mustard has a catchpharse...

Another pitch project update! (yes i am still doing my negotiated brief, I've done my turnaround and puppet design which means all the drawing is out the way it's all practical stuff now and I'm on schedule!)

Greg, the Persecuted Garlic - Greg is horrified at the torture techniques used on garlic; crushing, chopping, peeling...frying...all the while having his limbs ripped out of him. :(

Well Howdy There! It's Old Man Bread!

The Kitchen's most notorious Super Villain and Super Hero, Ultra Carrot and Uber Pea don't go together like Carrots and Peas, in fact they fight the endless battle between good and evil! With plenty of collateral damage, wailing damsels and endless cheesy one-liners.

Yes the Herbals have a rival. It's Baked Bean Bowie, also known as the Jean Beanie.

(click on this and it'll get bigger so you can read it - because it's wider than a Wootton Bassett Wobbler)

Update. More characters and lineup, got into it a bit, couldn't sleep

On the lineup - might give them their individual type faces, see what it looks like.
I think it's going well! It's fairly easy to get them coloured once I've drawn them. I just hope they're okay. The purpose of this project though is the pitch technique rather than the design or the concept (although it obviously helps to have a decent and well presented concept) so It's quite nice not having to worry about being intricate and delicate and precise I can more or less bash these out, using lots of colour to get something eye grabbing and easy to consume.

Colonel Mustard is still my favourite, I think its the aviator's that do it for me. I also like
Rice-Man. The Teafather needs a lot of work, it's not how I want him at all. I've still got Gregg the persecuted Garlic and Old Man Bread to colour in. Then after that comes Uber Pea and Ultra Carrot and that should pretty much do it from my end. I like seeing what Alice comes up with, and Emilys plots as mentioned are great. It's quite a nice change of pace from the Negotiated Project which is very much uncharted water for me. I feel like my design has improved a little bit too - I've been a bit more instinctive which is when I think I produce my best stuff.

Olly Oil.

Vinny G (Vinegar)

The Jamlets - Jim, Jim and Jimmy.

Milky Joe.

These are Alice's Herbals. Aren't they marvelous?

Listening to Eminem and drawing the Chav Spray Oil, so I came out with this for some reason.

It's a cool video anyway, Enjoy it! If you're eagle eyed you can see where I got the pose from.


By the way, Emily has come up with some kickass stories for them. Made me giggle my tits off. If you whilst looking at the pictures, and reading the stories, give the characters voices and say them out loud I guarantee you'll have a little chuckle.

Majesto is a bit odd. Eccentric. And obsessed with the number 57. According to wikipedia anyway, apparently theres a number 57 on the sweet spot of a ketchup bottle to make it come out easier, also there are 57 variants of heinz ketchup.

The Tea Father - given to Alice to colour, I think the character itself needs more work on my part anyway.

These guys need names. Chocolate isn't black by the way.
Name suggestions?

Updated - Thought of names these 2 chaps are now 'Chocolate Bob' and 'Rice-Man'

They looked German to me...don't ask why.

Wayne (as in Rooney) Spray Can Virgin Oil.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Inbetween - A Fable. What I done.

This was when the castle was expanded so it didn't look squished in the widescreen format.

This is pretty much how I presented my crew assignment pdf.
We had to write 1500 words of evaluation too but it's really not all that interesting (it's just a formal compilation of all my blog posts anyway)

It doesn't look all that much now that I've condensed it to just 5 images :P.

Negotiated Brief, Pitch Project and Life Drawing.

So firstly a quick update on Inbetween: A Fable (which has been handed in now)
Remember all those layout drawings I did? Like these;

Well this is what Kat has done with them? Aren't they cool?!

I think's they're wickedeo.

First order of business - MUZZLE TIME.

Ignore that grey splodge, issues with photoshop over that one, it doesn't matter though, you can see without any adjustments my muzzle more or less fits onto the puppet head. With a few tweaks I should be able to seamlessly merge the two together so you won't notice. Except for the stark colour difference obviously.

I'm getting going on the Maquette. Her head is about the size of one those mini footballs (slightly larger than a fat tennis ball). And I'm only doing the bust because that's the area I'm working, so there's no point doing a body just yet.

Also the retort stands turned out to be sold in separate bits, the rod costing about £6 and the base £18 and then the clamp and rod about another £15-20 so I've said sods to that I'll make my own over the summer.

This is about 2 and half hours. I know she looks like she's about to be scalped but I was bringing her forehead forward. I'm going to use beads for the eyes too so she doesn't look like a shrunken head because it's a bit frightening right now.

My primary school art teacher Mr.Webb might be proud I still can do clay sort of.


So we've come up with an idea. Well Emily did really. But we've all expanded on it.

Toy Story but with Food.
And rude.

Two rival kitchen cupboard societies and lots of melodrama.
The fridge/freezer serves as a banishment environment where Food goes in and stays foreeveerrrrr

So Alice and I are on character duty, which means I can doodle and make myself giggle. It's fun to give food personalities.

These are 'Jamlets' (mini pots of Jam)

So here are some I've come up with.
From left to right;
The Teafather (east London type gangster, Del Boy meets Marlon Brando) he used to be a hippy berry teabag in a band called 'the Herbals' - a creation of Alice's (not sure if they're on her blog yet)

Colonel Mustard as a tribute to Cluedo. I modeled him a bit on Sergeant Major Plumley from We Were Soldiers, and then gave him aviators. He's a bad ass.

Vinny G - Vinegar, part of the melodramatic Vinegar love triangle involving White Wine Vinegar (the saucy cougar), Balsamic Vinegar (the wife stealer) and their child, Vinaigrette.

King Ketchup - the incompetent leader maybe a bit like Douglas from the IT Crowd?

Milky Joe (Might Boosh Reference) - lives in the fridge, king of the fridge? All the characters in the fridge have beards or stubble from being castaways.

Old Man Bread - talks with a crazy southern American accent. His life is an endless cycle. Whilst he is fresh bread he is inanimate, he only becomes animated when he's moldy and turns into a crazy harmonica playing hillbilly.

Olly Oil - always surprised going Oh?!

Military ensemble? Colonel Mustard, General Branston (pickle) and Sergeant Pepper. IT HAD TO BE DONE. :P

Sergeant Pepper looks more like fireman pepper I know, it's supposed to be one of those Marine Drill Sergeant Hats worn by the greatest Sergent ever to live. And that's his pepper stem popping out the top by the way.

Here you see the Vinegar love triangle, the vicious struggle between Uber Pea and Ultra Carrot (the kitchen super heroes) and the Teafather.

Olly Oil, Gregg the Mutilated Garlic (he will be appearing in a different lineup than above), Teafather as a car salesman? Milky Joe, Old Man Bread and the Ketchup King.

An old line up.
Salt and Pepper will feature soon although they are alice's creation.


although these were quickies, I quite like the poses, I shall use them, I think I nailed the balance pretty much. I liked the models shoulder movements.

Her face went wrong so I made her the Joker. You can read meaning into it if you want (any bored art critics reading?) but there really isn't any. I had black charcoal, white chalk and red chalk...

This was 30 minutes, exaggerated the scale and the forshortening. Maybe left knee needs more definition, it didn't come out well in the reproduction (you can see better in real)

Another 25-30 minutes. Heads a bit too big looking at it now. Although I did measure it, I suppose I did my measurements wrong, or should have gone to hell with it and drawn it smaller anyway.

It won't let me drag this to the top.
Here's a short 6 second test for the head.
This was done on a rostrum rather than a stage. If I get to use the stage I'll stick it in a block of balsa wood as a torso analogue rather than have it just on the wire.

So now I know it moves. Horray. Next stage is to put a non-reflective surface over the muzzle and prepare it for motion tracking.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Just thinking ahead to the 3rd year major project - who the antagonist could be? I was thinking I could make it so that the prisoners are literally monsters and that the town has a sort of Night Watch or Monster Watch or Witch Hunters or something like that. The story still focus's on the Mother, but you still need some kind of bad guy I think.

So... old wiry man with gas lamp (yeah that's what that's supposed to be - it's clearer when it's vertical) stick?

I might call him Romo. After the Irish Lawyer in Battlestar Galactica. Not Tony Romo, he's too much of a softy.

Our life model is pregnant! Gosh. Admirable that she still models.

So I've been doodling some ideas for the Pitch Project. I need a new special doodle book too *mental note*

One was actually Emily's Idea that I doodled too...?
The Foodal system! Basically Toy Story but with Condiments.
Except that it's going to be (after having them in on Monday) McLeod Brothers type rudeness, so they say bastard and bitch and stuff.

So we, immediately rattle off some potential characters. My favourite is Gregg The Garlic who only has one clove left and to him having his cloves taken is like forced amputation and torture, which is why he is sad. Then there's others like the twins Salt and Pepper. The Moronic leader - King Ketchup. The ex-hippy turned Del Boy type dealer, Terry Teabag (he used to be in a flower power band with aroma teas called 'the Herbals'), then there's moldy bread (which could be like Kenny in South Park and have a recurring death thing as the Bread is replaced and molds again)

This was one of mine, basically a Woman who collects Postmen instead of stamps.
It stemmed from the Monty Python Milkman Sketch.
The main thinking was we could hand out concept art in envelopes and have a whole postman persona going.

The other thought was an idea I had back in school which I call Like Peas and Carrots.
Vegetable super heroes Uber Pea and Ultra Carrot battle it out. Uber Pea has a sidekick called Lightning Raddish Boy.
It came from the saying "they go together like peas and carrots" so I thought, well what if Peas and Carrots didn't get on? Give them capes and masks and voila.

Monday, May 23, 2011


These are my working drawings. I'm going to colour them and make them look pretty but it's my main point of reference at the minute for the 3D modelling.

I've got the 3D model pretty much to where I want it for now.
Tomorrow I'm going to continue and get a good chunk of my maquette done, and colour these and make them pretty as well as useful.

Turnaround - getting better but the legs and hips still need some thought as well as what the hair looks like from the side view.

So as you can see I've added the nose and extended the Jaw to the Muzzle of the face.

Yes the chin looks weird from the side - I'm working on it. I'm following my drawings but It all slightly changes when you get to 3D which is why I really hope to be getting well long with my maquette tomorrow because I'll have more time in the afternoon/evening.

So from the side the shapes around the mouth are all wrong but as I said I'm going to revisit after I've at least made a maquette of the head.

My next step is to import a picture of the puppet head and model it around that, to make sure I'm not obscuring the eyes. This is why for the mean time the nose is sticking up on it's own.

I also haven't modeled the nose fully, as you notice it's without nostrils.

I'm still reducing the amount of vertex's and edges but I think it's as low as it can go now as pretty much every edge and vertex is creating a shape or gradient along the model.

You can also see I've now got a nice smooth line all around the mouth and the nose.

The part between the nose and the upper-lip still needs work, that extra line is in there to create the little dimple (I've forgotten it's proper name) that runs from your lip to under your nostrils.