I want to try and push myself to enter competitions, we have till May to finish working and entering competitions. Competitions are a good way to challenge me, get exposure for my work and continue to develop my skills! Even when I finish University and specifically over summer I will also have time to enter competitions to bring myself some exposure. I am glad this brief made me begin to think about competitions and there benefits.
I did some quick research into several competitions which all looked like great places to start. There is a lot of opportunity for me to work on several competitions. This term I am also looking into 2D animation and how to improve my animating skills. Therefore I need to find balance of time with all the different aspects I am working on this term.
Rhian at the BBC asked us if we would be interested in entering this stardust competition, it was kind of late as we had only a week left to create something but I decided to use it as a challenge. I gave myself around 3 days to come up with something, however reflecting on this I think I gave myself too much time to do it. However it has taught me working to fast deadlines.
I like to use Pintrest to create a moodboard of inspiration. By doing this I have one place where all my inspirations are. There is no limit to how many pins I can have and I can search for many different subjects. Below is a little moodboard with some of these pins.
I ordered Stardust and read the book as quickly as possible, luckily I am quite a fast reader and there was only 190 pages so I was able to gain a fresh taking of the story from the Authors original words, over the successful film.
Below I began this task by creating some quick thumbnails, to think about how I could summarise the book. Some of them I don’t like, some of them are really quick and others I have tried to consider a lot.
I created the below A4 sheet once, I finished with this process to document my favourite ideas. The main two ideas was Yvaine trying to reach for the stars and the characters dragging her back to earth. The second idea was to layer up different sections separated from interesting shapes. This was the idea I went for in the end.
I really liked this idea the best. It cuts up sections and re works them together.
Below is some of my designs for characters, environment and just several sketches that helped me work out how the characters were going to look. I liked to draw several characters to help me create a look.
Below are some Unicorn designs. I tried to be playful and create a charming character. Some of them simply do not work. Whilst others have a powerful personality about them.
More Designs for Tristains.
I like to play around with the look of the characters. Looking back I spent too long on this aspect I need to learn to refrain from creating so many character designs.
I created some quick character designs for Yvaine and the witch below. I did this in about an hour just to play with colour and some digital versions. I like to mix the two mediums to play about with the piece.
Here you can see the digital sketch and the below sketch, in the end I wanted to add some of the sketchy ink lines so I scanned in and worked it all together. I am not happy with my end result, but I could not spend any more time on this competition. I want to come back to it maybe in my own time or if I have time to re work it. There is a lot I want to change, so I don’t think the piece is successful.