Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Character Design: The Pianist

Face expressions. I have only drown out four face expressions as they are the only ones that will be included in my story. The Pianist is a a person who doesn't really show out a lot of feelings, most of the time he has a neutral expression on his face. 

The whole body shown from the front, side and back. 

Concept Art

Monday, 20 February 2012

Character Designs

The Pianist

After getting feedback from Phil I decided to follow his suggestion and change my character designs from cartoony to more realistic. I have looked at several photographs of Vintage era, and decided to do my character designs in style of fashion illustration.
Image 1 shows a drawing done in pencil that took me quite a long time, I decided to change my technique and use only a black fountain pen.

The Clown
I haven't done different designs of the clown/ mime as he is a very simple character and I like the initial idea of him below. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Artist Research: George Barbier

French art deco illustrator. 'Georges Barbier'.
Primarily a book illustrator, he also designed fabrics, wallpapers and posters and commercial wrappings, boxes and postcards. He designed costumes and settings for several theatrical productions and for Rudolph Valentino's movie Monsieur Beaucaire. A regular contributor toLa Gazette du Bon Ton, the Journal des Dames et des Modes, FĂ©mina, Vogue, Comoedia IllustrĂ© and other journals, his illustrations were frequently reproduced in the pochoir process. His finest book illustrations were those interpreted in woodcuts by F. L. Schmied.

Clown/Mime Pierrot

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

OGR 1 (14/02/2012)


OGR 2 (14/02/2012)


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Artist Research: Sylvia Ji

When I was researching clowns for this project I remembered this artist.

Sylvia Ji’s interest in art was implanted at a very young age when she would look through her mother’s sketchbooks and watch her father paint. In her art, she explores themes of beauty, sexual provocation, and social notions of femininity juxtaposed against the dystopian reality of modern cities to create highly charged paintings of women. Some of her paintings are symbolic reflections of herself, portraits of people she knows or just nameless faces set in a landscape of fleeting beauty.

Story Idea 2

   In an old theatre in a small city, everyday there are artists performing to entertain local people. The shows are very popular and a lot of people come to watch actors performing dramas, musicians having concerts or clowns just simply making people laugh. But one day when the entertainers come to the theatre they find out that it’s going to be demolished and in its place there will be a new super store build.  Most of the performers go home without any hope. The only that are left are the clown and the pianist.

   They decide to perform in the theatre for free trying to gather as many people as they can to stop the demolishing of the building.  As the days pass, there is more and more parts of the building missing. On the final day of demolition, there is just a stage left without the roof or the walls. The clown and the pianist give people their last performance for which the whole city came to see. After the show and the huge applause everyone becomes quiet, and the faces of the clown and the pianist become very sad.

   Suddenly from the crowd a little boy runs on the stage and points in a direction for the two performers to look at. He points at the the park.  At the same moment, a new stage built by the citizens appears in the light of colourful little lamps. The pianist and the clown smiles again. 

Influence Maps

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Story Idea

1930’s- Small Town in France
·         Young boy with fascination watches a TV program about circus. The view from the screen is reflecting on his circular glasses.

·         On the way back from school the boy walks past an old building surrounded by a fence with a ‘no entry’ sign. As he is a boy curious of the world, he decides to cross the fence and enter the building. Inside he discovers a huge room with a stage just like in a theatre. In the middle of the stage there is standing an old grand piano.

·         Boy visits the place every day gathering some things that usual people would think of as garbage. On the stage he places some Christmas tree lights or colorful pieces of fabric he gradually makes the place look like a circus.
·         Every day as he visits the place and brings more things with him he has some adventures in his child’s imagination.
·         One day he imagines that he is on the stage dressed up as a clown riding a monocycle, but in reality he is just wearing an old cylinder hat and has a tennis ball attached to his nose, his clumsiness leads to falling off the stage.
·         Another day he is playing a weightlifter and manages to pick up not just one grand piano but 3! But really no matter how hard he tries he can’t move the piano even one bit.
·         Boy is a lion tamer and trains the big cat in front of the crowd, with the lights pointing at him, he makes the cat jump through the circle of fire. In reality he is just playing with a stray kitten that found a shelter in the old building.
·         One day the boy runs with excitement holding a glass bottle of milk, he is going to his imaginary circus again. When he arrives behind the fence the building is gone. It was destroyed and all there is left is just ruins. The boy drops the bottle of milk that smashes in to small pieces.

Unit4- Story Telling

Character- Clown

Environment- Building Site

Prop- Grand Piano