Monday, 19 May 2014

Funky Chair Graphics

I went back to my props and did some graphics for the chairs and applied them. Every old couple has their own special chair.

These are the graphics I made for them. I apologise for the layout of this, blogger was being very frustrating and wouldn't let me have them side by side. Sorry for the long string post.  

Turn Around Patrick

I have stared at this far too long and time is now slipping away rapidly. I know there are still things wrong with it but I can't spend any more time trying to fix it. So long Patrick Turn Around.  

Sunday, 18 May 2014

More Life

I got some feedback on this image and it needed more life such as birds and animals so I added some in! Low flying birds for the morning, a cute little rabbit, some high flying birds in the evening and a cheeky mole at night. Let me know what you guys think of the alterations!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Okay I'll leave it alone now

Improved turn around. I couldn't leave it alone, so I fixed some of the niggley bits. Much happier with this version. All that's left is the headings, which will be put together when I come to laying up all the work.

Turn Around Done!

My turn around is done, I struggle with these alot so I know it isn't too great. I only hope I'm slowly getting better each time I do them.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Finished Props

The props were coloured and finished a while ago so I apologise for the late posting of them. I tried to keep to very "old people" colours, and wanted a range of designs and colours to give a slight random mix match feel. At the same time I also tried to keep within a certain pallet, reusing the colours within the flowers. This meant that although there was variety of colour it was still uniform enough that it wasn't an eye sore or looked too separate from possibly being within the same house. I also tried to give a personal touch by giving the photoframes real pictures from old to recent. These however were turned more into graphics so they were in keeping with the animated, drawn style of the project.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Just a quick one

Just a quick post, got alot of things in the works as the deadline creeps closer. Because of this I will just post the finished pieces when they're finished as the first drawings are rough to say the least. But for now, here's some little sketches of old people props!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Designing the Website

Currently designing and creating an official website, the more formal version of my blog. I created these trees to go around the site. In the future I want to add more things like this around the site, and I was quite happy with the end result. I also tried to create them in slightly different styles, but hopefully similar enough that they were both created by me. From doing these I've also found I like throwing normal colours out the window. 
One of the many things I love about doing this, nothing has to be normal or conventional.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Pretty CV

This is my art CV which is in keeping with the other elements such as this blog, my business card design, and soon my website. Hope it does the job! 

Before The Print

This is my business card design before I get them printed. Let me know what you guys think!

(Phone number has been made private)

Busy Business

As part of my degree I do a business module, which is beneficial for when I leave uni and branch and into the big world of freelance! For this I created an art CV, cover letter, ultimate image and business card.

This image will look familiar from my post from my previous post as a cheeky preview. This image was designed for my Ultimate Image in which we create an image adding skills of composition design to make the image appealing to the eye, as well as demonstrating what we do and who we are. I chose to do a background as I love all aspects of design but background design is something I have a passion for. It was taken into Photoshop and coloured in greyscale. This was to work out the light and shadows in accordance to the place of the sun within each section. When I was happy with the lights and shadows I had created, I moved onto painting in colour. 
Whenever I do background work I like to look for new challenges to determine what I need to work on. With this background I wanted to use as few layers as possible. I managed to work on 3 layers, one being the glass layer, another being the skies, and the other being everything else.

 It was challenging and became messy, but I feel like I payed even closer attention to colour and lighting and how each colour fitted with the next. I often find that doing 2D backgrounds that are bold with limited detail and harsh tones (please see Advanced Tech post from 2012 for example), that layers are needed to break up and paint each colour flat individually. For this background I wanted a softer look with only a slight of realism to it, so I felt like trying to paint as traditionally as possible. 

As for the composition of the piece I followed a grid system that can be found in practically any visual advertisement (especially film posters). The grid shows the bottom section, which would typically be the title area if it were following the grid of a film poster, and two diagonals which cross in the middle. The other sections that are split into four are made as part of my design to use white space, but the diagonals show the guide to the eye.

From the bottom left corner the path enters and follows round to the Daytime section. The paths corner and direction into the forest is at the cross section of the title line and along the direction of the diagonal that intercepts it. This pushes the eye through the left into the centre. The path does similar on the opposite side but its more important on the left as we read left to right and that path is exiting the image. All the foliage follows the two triangles made by the diagonals, and purshes the eye to the centre. 

This was the process of my Ultimate Image thanks for reading!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Beginnings of Something

Posting from my phone. . Technology is amazing. Also, it's explaining the screen in thw quality of the photo. Not great quality but that's ok! It's only a preview..

Currently painting up this scene, I hope you can guess the light is explaining the time of day across the scene going from sunrise to moonlight.  This piece will hopefully be used as part of my corporate image, demonstrating what I love, and what I can do with a touch of personality. I'm not a loud person, or too outgoing, I have a passion for the traditional and my skills reflect that within my digital work,  so I soft forest scape fits with me personally. Summing myself up by creating an Ultimate Image is done as part of a business module within my degree. This is the start to mine.

Check back for how this develops as part of my corporate image!

All done!

Finished expressions for the second sheet with lip sync examples. I made slight changes between the colouring of the two characters. For example, Patrick's hair is much greyer than Mary's, and his teeth are more discoloured. Mary's teeth are bright off white which give the impression of dentures, but Patrick's off coloured old teeth show he still has all his own teeth. Small details that may go unnoticed, but I have added to give more character to a simple design.

Monday, 24 March 2014


First finished sheet for the coloured expressions. Definitely quicker this time round!

Next Character

Expressions for my second character is now done, now on to lining on Photoshop and final colouring. I have found doing these expressions much faster as I figured out all the nitty gritty technique stumbles on the first characters expressions. (Hence why they took longer than planned to complete) Also, for some reason I have found his facial shape much easier to work with so drawing expressions also took less time. The consistency of my drawing was also alot better. I realised this by  needing to do less editing for the resizing of eyes and eyebrows when I took the drawing into Photoshop and relined the expressions.

Here are the first sheet of expressions lined up. Now onto colour!

Friday, 21 March 2014

These are the finished expressions for the second sheet. This sheet mainly shows examples of lip sync expressions. Next I shall be drawing out the second character, and repeat the process. I am happy with how these have turned out, and the challenge of changing facial features but keeping a uniform clarity of the same character was a great learning curve.

Monday, 17 March 2014


Finally all outlined and coloured. It took longer than expected due to some drawing being inconsistent as I'm getting used to drawing the character. This meant certain parts had to be redrawn on photoshop. I am happy with the end result and finish. The expressions are mostly confused or irritated to show mood swings. More practical expressions are on the second sheet such as those used for lip sync.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Rough Expressions

Below are the first drafts of my expressions for Mary. Once drawn they were scanned and crisped up in Photoshop like the expressions above. When I took them into Photoshop I was able to fix them easier without the paper becoming unreadable and grubby from my mistakes. Oh the love of technology! Now its time for colour!

Monday, 3 March 2014


Decisions on the colouring of the two characters was harder than expected! However many discussions and opinions from around the room later and finally a decision was made. The reasoning was done by labeling as we went along each design.

The top left design was too close to the Fairy Godmother in Disney's Cinderella because of the blue and short voluminous white hair. The bottom left green design was too sad looking, the colours were too depressing for a character that is still bright and cheerful. The lavender was nice, but very typical colour for an old lady. The lemon and pink was too much colour, and a lemon two piece again is seen as a very typical old lady colour. I felt the two different colours looked too casual. The first pink was also nice, which lead me to try the second pinks in a rose colour. I decided to go with this design because it was feminine, stylish, and the right balance of formal and casual. This was a good and fair representation of the character. I didn't want a character full of innocence, and to look socially detached. To not be seen as returning to a child like state, but give a sense of presence and reality that an Alzheimers victim is still a person, in Mary's case, a fully grown women.

For finding the colour variation that will compliment Mary's character and the two characters as a couple, I did the same process. The grey was too bland and too desaturated. The green was too harsh against the rose pink as it was too dark, and any lighter would be a very typical 'grandad' green. The burgundy red was also a nice design, but couldn't work with Mary's rose colouring as it was too similar.  The blue also worked, but I was too aware that Mary was pink and go Patrick being in blue was very gender stereotypical. (Pink for girls, blue for boys.)  

In the end I decided upon the wool coloured jumper. It desaturated, but still hold colour, with a tired and safe feel. Now the two were decided, it's time to go onto some expressions!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Colour Crazy

Now that one characters design is finalised, it's time to move onto the other main character. Patrick's design was, like Mary, taken from the original quick loose designs.  (see February 13th). After drawing out a few of them, it becomes clear which ones are easy to adapt and take into a different style. This was the design I chose in the end. For the colour variations I chose to do plain, and typical "old man jumper" colours. I couldn't make him as bright as I did with Mary because his character doesn't permit it. He is supposed to look drained, and tired, the common effects of being an Alzheimer carer for a loved one. Often carers can be less physically fit than the person they are caring for. This is due to the years of emotional, physical, and mental strain it takes upon the carers health. This problem is common and affects older couples in particular. 

At this point in the design process I am still unsure which style to go for. The style in this case determining the colour of the line. Black gives a very classic, and raw style, where as the coloured line gives a softer, and is generally more stylistic where the style will be relying on the designs themselves. 

The next stage will be seeing the colours together to determine what works for the characters as a pair. 


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Character Design Update and News!


From the last designs I did I went back to my own style. I kept the shapes and trued to keep the lines fluid. (please excuse my random notes)

I then took my favourite, and design that to me reminding me the most of Mary, and coloured it up. 

From this I made variations within the colour of the design. I am still unsure if I will go with the black or coloured line, which is why I did variations with both. 

With these variations I added detail to see if it would add or distract the design. I also went back to experimenting with line colour and made the dark brown lighter, and also more pink like. Out of the line variations I liked the pinker line for the skin, however the dark lines on the face lend the look to that of 1961's 101 Dalmatians.


Today has also been the start of a collaboration with some Games Art students, where I will be doing concept work for their given project. The team I have been put with want Medieval style props and buildings, so the work will be very different as it's in a realistic style. It will be nice doing something completely different to this current project and being able to switch between the two. So don't be confused if Photoshop paint ups of random thatched houses and medieval market stools appear soon!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Major Project

For my Major Project I decided to do something personal to me. I decided to do concept for a animation of awareness for Alzheimer's and Dementia. My Nan Mary, is a victim of the disease, and I have seen her progression through the stages from start to soon finish. Alzheimer's symptoms are labeled with old people and is played down within our modern society accepting most of the symptoms with "old age". Alzheimer's doesn't just effect the person but everyone around them. From personal experience there is simply not enough information out there to help deal with the progression of the stages for the carers and family. There's a large gap between what the person affected, families and carers experience and the information available. There is research showing the science behind what is happening to the brain and a list of symptoms, but nothing personal. The personal side of this disease is what makes it an underestimated and impersonal disease as it gets labeled as "being old". What my imaginary end product would be, is a personal story of Mary which goes through her experiences and the experiences of the family who act as her carers. It would help raise awareness and emotional aid for families with loved ones recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's with what to expect. 

The concepts will be based around real people and real events, so I first started with some stylistic and character experiments. The initial designs are always more warm ups than anything close to the real design work, so please be kind to the warm ups!

First I liked these graphic designs of old men. I thought the simple shapes and exaggeration within the designs were great. So I tried to step outside my comfort zone and do something very similar. My main aim was to try and loosen up my drawing for this project. Having tight and sharp lines would contrast with the personal softness I wanted to give to the characters and the project. 

These two done on Illustrator have come out much darker for some reason, I don't know why. From doing these it was clear which ones were working and which ones weren't. Although it is a style very different to my normal style, I don't think it was a complete failure. However for this project the designs were too flat and graphic for this project. However it was nice to know I can do something different. I look the designs and made them more my own again, but I kept what I have learnt by not being scared of exaggeration, and to keep the shapes flowing more within my future designs.