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!