This was done over the course of about 3-4 weeks for my animation course. Created using Photoshop, & features a combination of rotoscoping (of myself), key frame, & frame-by-frame drawn animation.
This is my first animation project using a drawing tablet &, despite not having all the scenes I wanted, I’m happy with how this turned out. Unfortunately I don’t have my workbook so I can’t show my process for this (though I could just edit it into this post later if I can be bothered… hmm).
I can’t remember where the sounds came from, only that they’re free. If given more time I would have liked to come up with my own SFX, but I left audio until the hand-in day (I also would have liked to hand-draw everything frame-by-frame to really give this a more dreamy feel). Maybe I’ll do a redux version later.
Anyway, here’s a dream I had:
This was quite fun to do over my break period (even if frame-by-frame drawing does cause my hand to cramp). Maybe I’ll create more animations based on my dreams.
I think I have my final design for the bird. I ended up basing it heavily on the Blue Jay. As the etymology behind the made-up name refers to a “young gazelle”, I wanted to integrate gazelle features into the bird as well. I even tried to combine hooves & talons, though I’m dubious the feet bear any resemblance to hooves.
Aside from drawing both views crooked, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. I had real trouble trying to not smudge the drawings (not sure if I should blame my left hand or the habit of writing left to right for this).
Whilst the aim of this project is to create a new design for a mythic bird, its so far devolved into doodling random living birds. This is part of the research into coming up with a design I hope would be fairly unique; believable yet intangible (if that even makes sense). Unfortunately I’m going at a snails pace, averaging one doodle every business day. It’s only now that I’ve finished research & will move onto the concept/development portion of the process.
What is Saharasha? Well, some time in late December I… had a dream? More accurately I awoke & could only remember the flashing image of a great bird (like a Roc) with brown feathers & light blue highlights. A name like “Saharasha” stuck in mind. I’m not sure why, but it inspired an idea for a new mythic creature for me; a sort of Phoenix born not from ashes but the waking from a dream.Continue reading
A friend brought up an idea of doing a philosophical visual novel & he asked me to draw the main character Nietzsche. One buzzy night whilst doodling I complied.
The idea was to try a cartoonish or anime-style depiction of the philosopher. At first I tried to draw him from memory, resulting in what my friend called “Megaman Nietzsche”. He then showed me a photo & I tried again.
Just sharing some rough sketches I made during the Christmas period. Apologies if these are hard to distinguish, I drew these during the drive to & from Te Anau so I had to deal with car motions. Cars aren’t the best environment for drawing:
To keep my mind occupied on long drives, I’ve imagined myself flying through an astral highway… yeah it’s weird.
I’ve received confirmation that my application for the Bachelor of Communication Design has been successful. I’m basically set to do study next year & hopefully begin a new direction with my life. In the meantime I’ve been doing some odd doodling & thinking about what to do until study begins.
I’m going to start with the first item on my ‘wish-to-do’ list:
Make drawing, art, & design work a near daily habit.
Try my hand at pixel art & perhaps go further with digital art.
Get myself to write encounter scenarios (for like the 40th time!).
Return to generic world-building.
I imagine that as I complete each piece I’ll make a post about them – beginning with the first page of a new sketchbook.
Some incomplete doodles. Top-left: Me having no idea what to draw… beside an Eevee. Right: A dragon. Bottom-left: “Hades, the world turtle”.
I just wanted to start with random ideas; I’ll focus on single concepts for later pages. Much of what I plan on drawing will be of characters & creatures (both my own concepts & fan-art of existing media), along with the odd scene from a dream. For these “dream scenes” I’d like to try out a more ‘simple’ & ‘cartoony’ art style as I’m tempted to depict them like a comic strip (I may need to do some research & experimentation towards this). As usual, I have a long list of creative ideas.
In short, continuing the art/design bandwagon with more regular posts to be expected, again.