Been a while since i last posted anything on my blog but here’s some idea’s for Antonys appearance. I want to make sure he looks like he’s a commander and a political figure through his armor/outfits appearance. Taking inspiration from real Roman armors and outfits and trying to put a futuristic spin on their styling.

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So I hope everyone had a great Christmas but its back to work for moi. Been working on a final design for Cleopatra, a character sheet of sorts. The final piece for her and the rest of characters will be placed in their own scenes at a later date but i thought it’d be a useful exercise to practice making a clear character design illustration of the figure alone first.

I’ve used no reference for her actual appearance, only used reference for the tonal ranges and light direction to help. Concept designers and Illustrators who design characters seem to rarely use reference for the faces unless its based on a real life person. So i thought i’d try it myself and create her face from scratch and so far i’m pretty pleased with the way its going.

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Here’s also a little warm up pencil drawing too, since i haven’t used pencil to render anything in a while..

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So over the past week or so I’ve been working on developing the design of Cleopatra, it’s all spontaneous sort of work were i’ve tried to use the knowledge i’ve gained and my imagination to come up with varied designs for her outfit, face and some initial thumbnails. I find its obviously great to use reference but its also nice to allow yourself to just go with your instincts and come up with some solid ideas. Having too many pre conceptions in your head can be quite restrictive i find.

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…and here’s an unrelated sketch of a post apocalyptic Santa.

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So i’ve been working on the most important project of my artistic life so far, since this is the unit i’ll have the rest the academic year to produce . It’s also an opportunity to create a solid portfolio of work to show various different studio’s.

My idea is basically to take Shakespeares Antony and Cleopatra play and use it as a base of inspiration to create concept designs for the various and characters, cultures and civilisations. But i will be basing it all in the near future were technology and world population has grown but not so far into the future that we have the capabilities to travel outside our own galaxy.

So the first steps i’ve taken so far are to read the play and create a mood board to get a feel of were i want to take it. Here’s the segements of mood board…

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So here’s how i created my Pocky advertisement along with the final version of the piece. I’ll begin with were i gained my ideas from and for this piece i mainly took inspiration from James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Boris Karloff is the most well known interpretation of Frankensteins monster and i really felt as though it was most fitting to use for an advertisement since its widely recognised. I also based Dr. Frankenstein on Colin Clive since i wasn’t too keen on doing a stereotypical mad scientist and his looks are far more interesting in my opinion. Along with replacing the assistant on the brief with Frankensteins bride to add some variation in sexes and she’s an interesting looking character too.

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So with the layout already done for us pretty much i set out drawing a few small changes that wouldn’t break the guidelines of the brief and settled on one. I decided i wanted to give it an interesting and attention grabbing colour palette. So i searched around for the posters for the film amongst other such styles like pulp book cover designs. Going for a oranges and blues in the end.

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Now from my last post i made some changes to the text and other smaller changes like creating the border and other effects to give it that old print feel. Overall i’m quite happy with it.

Here’s the final image.

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