October Multimedia Sketchbook

Thinking about graduations.... My brother graduates at the end of this month; I've still got two more years before I get to wear that hat.

Thinking about graduations.... My brother graduates at the end of this month; I've still got two more years before I get to wear that hat.

Between all the "real" work that I create, I make a lot of random bits and pieces of things. Illustrations, animations, sounds. Some of them are tiny segments of projects that I'll never share here, some of them are the result of me playing around with software, some of them are the end results of tutorials, and some of them will lead on to final pieces. Either way; sometimes I make things that I kinda want to share, but they don't really warrant a whole blog post on their own. So here, I've gathered a few oddities that fall under that category. 

When I'm not creating things, or hanging out with lovely people, how do I spend my time? Reading, watching, travelling. Learning new things and finding new perspectives. 

When I'm not creating things, or hanging out with lovely people, how do I spend my time? Reading, watching, travelling. Learning new things and finding new perspectives. 

Me, always amazed by the power of the pen... 

Me, always amazed by the power of the pen... 

Thinking about where I am, where I want to be, and how I'm gonna get there.

Thinking about where I am, where I want to be, and how I'm gonna get there.

Tutorial from last week. Lip sync is super fun!

Tutorial from last week. Lip sync is super fun!

My first real attempts at Lip Sync. I'm currently developing this guy, and will be sharing the final scene soon! 

Illustration | Mad Max : Fury Road | The Nux Car

Mad Max : Fury Road. Have you seen it? Did you love it? Can you guess my favourite character? As always click to enlarge the images; both images below are desktop wallpapers. ;)

This was a fun learning curve. It started life in pen on paper, then I painted it digitally. I made a few custom photoshop brushes for the mud splatters and whatnot, and used rust textures where I thought they'd work. Other than that, this was all layers, masks, adjustment layers, persistence, and time. Learning.

PS: I draw vehicles a lot. If you're interested; here's a smattering of links (some of which are to external sites, where you can buy prints and mugs and pillows and other fun stuff of particular designs):

MotoGP

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MotoGP - Marc v Rossi

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Harley Davidson

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Vespa

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VW Bus

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F1- Ayrton Senna

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Mini Cooper

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FW-190

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Spitfire

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P51 Mustang

Go look if you haven't seen 'em! 

The Battle


Weeks ago, before I headed off to Catalunya, I drew two of my favourite MotoGP riders - Marquez and Rossi - battling for a win. Originally intended to be a doodle/a test/me playing around, I never felt the need to share it. After the events of the Dutch GP at Assen, though, I couldn't help but revisit! That last lap battle between these two guys? Amazing.

I didn't really know what I was going for at any stage, but I had the style I used here in mind.. Here's a breakdown of me playing around escalating into something more.* 

Original drawing with pen on paper. Finished off on the plane.
Messed up the lineart in Photoshop. Added lights and darks with line and tone.
Added colour.
Adjustment layers to add a little oomph. Et voila!


WIP | Atlantis | Character and Environment Design


Recently in college, we were tasked with pulling together a design package for a story based on "My Irish Myth." We were given the choice of working on a story that we're creating in groups (more on this later) or a new story of our own choice. I decided to go with a new story; The Lost City of Atlantis. It's not a "traditional" Irish myth, certainly, but there are some people who believe the city of Atlantis sank off the coast of the Emerald Isle, it's one of the best known myths globally, and it's one of my personal favourite legends, so I thought it suited the theme. At this stage, it's very much still a work in progress, but I'm having a bit of fun with it, and because it's St Patrick's Day, I wanted to write about something at least vaguely influenced by my culture. And so, today, I want to introduce to you the first character I've designed for the The Lost City of Atlantis (but with an Irish twang). 



This character is called Síofra (she-o-fra), which means elf or sprite. I'm still fleshing out the real spirit of her character, but at the moment at least, she's a mischievous Atlantean who likes to explore the world around her. 




And this is the first background layout I've drawn up; Síofra's house. Located in a cliff-edge environment, but with a distinct Irish style, the house sits on it's own tiny island and is reached only by a wood and rope bridge. 

Finally, I just want to say, Lá Fhéile Phádraig! Hope everyone's having a good St Patrick's Day! :)

WIP 3 | Kinetic Text | God's Away on Business


I've been feeling a little unwell for the past while, and it's been a struggle trying to balance college work, appointments for this that and the other, and general life. It's funny which projects become more difficult to manage... This kinetic text project is one of the more complicated projects I've got in the pipeline, but it's one of the only projects I seem to be able to wrap my head around lately. Hmm...



Anyway, here's a little update on the project so far! I'm having fun with it!
(Sorry for the kinda terrible quality though!)


WIP 2 | Kinetic Text | God's Away on Business



Okay, so here's the first "proof of concept" I can show for my Kinetic Text Project. I took out a lot of the textures for the sake of simplicity for the proof, but I will definitely be bringing those back, as soon as possible. (I miss them!)



This is actually the - what? third? - time I've tried to pull this little section together. It's been frustrating, but now that I've figured this out, I feel like I'll manage the rest of the project without too much stress. It's just a matter of sitting down and getting it done, second by second. 

WIP | Kinetic Text | God's Away on Business



Every now and then, I'm also going to post a few works in progress. This one is a college assignment for my Video I module, which I'm going to be working on for the next ten weeks or so. It's a kinetic text project based on the song, "God's Away on Business" by Tom Waits. From the suggested list, I chose this one because a) I like the song, b) it has a good, solid beat, c) it stood out to me as intersting and quirky as soon as I heard it, and d) I liked the visual imagery in it.

So, here's my very, very basic/rough plan of the lyrics (remember to click to enlarge)



And with added notes on camera moves and transitions:


From there, I moved on to pulling style sheets together:




And I have just about started to work on a few very quick test shots, just to get a further idea of what I want some of these shots to look like. I want to make changes to the ones I've done already, but the ideas are there. Sort of. :)