I used The Dragon Age concept art book to inspire these three pieces, which are the three final design sheets for each character. I am really happy with each of these pieces and I am also happy with how much my digital work has improved. I wanted each of these sheets to show the important elements of each character, along with the images I provided a short description of their character and their roles in the story.
Improvement will only come from more experience using digital processes, which from now on I will incorporate within my future projects.
Reading up on Narrative Theory and Vladimir Propp’s idea that every Character has a given role. e.g. the hero, the princess, the bad guy, I decided that my evil character would have a predictable look to him and I would focus less on his character and more on his design. These are a few of the first sketches for the King. The top two here were created digitally, I took me a while to even know how to work photoshop, however with more practice I think I will pick it up. I am currently happy with the progress I am making even though I have a lot of improvement to make.
I happened to watch two movies whilst answering this brief, which both explored ideas of class and culture. The Great Gatsby is a classic story of wealth and glamour, change, appearance and acceptance. Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of the story is cinematically beautiful, with a lot of diamonds and colour. The characters in the story are clear embodiments of styles and class an the film explores the world of the flapper culture in the 1920’s
I also studied the lifestyle of the characters in Les Miserables, particularly those in poverty, their clothing and appearance.
The brief we were given was basically to explore our drawing abilities and see how they adapt and progress through experimentation throughout the project. We were given places to study and observe. Three buildings around Huddersfield. I chose two, the train station and the library. The train station because I think its the most aesthetically pleasing out of them all and the library because of the busy atmosphere around it.
I began the project by gathering images and producing quick sketches of the buildings and their occupants. Most of the drawings are fast and inaccurate as they were Created quite quickly and outdoors. I like the drawings on the brown paper because the use of white pencil helps give the structures more form.