When I was small I was a bit of a terror for sneaking about the house in late November looking for the secret stash of Christmas presents I felt sure must await me under beds, in the back of cupboards and atop my parent’s wardrobe. I suppose this month’s PWTM continues that tradition, as I nose around our vibrant community of student blogs hunting out spoilers, those little enticing glimpses of what we might expect from their future offerings. Of course, the problem with sneaking around the house hunting for Christmas presents is the inevitable remorse that comes from actually finding them! I shall experience no such regret in uncovering these visual treats for you, only a growing sense of excitement for what is to come.
Let's begin this November edition of the PWTM with a showcase of year one work deriving from their Cinematic Spaces project, which challenged students to create digitally painted concept art for a proposed CGI adaptation of a classic novel. The majority of our year one students come to us in September with no prior experience with a graphics tablet. I think they can be very satisfied by all that they achieved in the short space of five weeks.
Candice Hiu Fu Leung - The Lost World
Heidi Grover - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Josh Aldis - Gormenghast
Will Huntley - She: A Story Of Adventure
Ant Faulkner - The Fall Of The House Of Usher
Megan Doyle - The Red Room
Tom Boothby - The First Men In The Moon
Scarlett Freeman - She: A Story Of Adventure
Rhianna Slack - The Haunting Of Hill House
Sam Cannon - The Wizard Of Oz
With just two weeks before the end of term, year one are now busy creating their Secret Lairs – digital sets derived from their own original concept art and production drawings. The project began with students selecting two random components from the course’s now infamous ‘mysterious blue box’ – a character type (e.g. scientist) and an attribute (e.g. voodoo). They then had to design the resulting character’s most personal space - their lair. I'll be showcasing examples of the completed digital sets in next month's edition of the PWTM. Until then, feast your eyes on this lot!
Livi Wilmore - The Secret Lair of the Subterranean God
Ashley Nwachukwu - The Secret Lair of the Saharan Emperor
Scarlett Freeman - The Secret Lair of The Undead Knight
Rhianna Slack - The Secret Lair of the Solar Mob Boss
Ant Faulkner - The Secret Lair of the Neolithic Queen
Ayunie Adiana - The Secret Lair of the Clockwork Priestess
Josh Aldis - The Secret Lair of The Cyber Witch
Candice Hiu Fu Leung - The Secret Lair of the Bayou Inventor
Scott Turner - The Secret Lair of the Aztec Super-Villain
Kyle Kemp - The Secret Lair of the Byzantine Cannibal
As CGAA year one students are put through their first experience of wrestling Autodesk Maya into submission in their quest to re-create their production art, our year 2 students are neck-deep in production. Their current collaborative studio project only has a few short days until submission day, and things are ramping up: models are being finessed, characters are rigged and being tested for animation, and exploratory renders are previewing the efficacy of textures and lighting... Be sure to visit their studio blogs for a comprehensive insight into the challenges of taking an idea of script to screen.
Felix textured and rigged
Felix skinning tests
Eagle animation test
Grumpy Moose Productions
Lucy character sheet
Lucy UV mapped.
White Sand Studio
Mechanical bird animation test
Viking character design
Viking walk-cycle (wip)
2D animation test
Betty character design
Dorothy character design
The countdown to Christmas can be an ambivalent advent for our third year students: still so much to do before the end of term, plus a holiday season preoccupied by 'to-do lists' predicated upon the double whammy of the 9,000 word dissertation and minor project submissions in January... We hope they find a few stolen moments with a couple of mince pies and a Terry's Chocolate Orange, but until then (whip cracks!) it's noses-to-the-grindstones...
Anita Gill - Avis (Animatic v.2)
Tom Farrington - Experiment IX
Kadeem Reid - Hooligan
Edin Fallare character development
Gabriel Burokas - The Garden of Earthly Delights computer game (thumbnails).
Nat Urwin - Mother's Days*
*Nat is creating an animated short combining stop-motion characters with CGI sets.
Steven Payne - Incompatibility
Tidy-Heidi character development
Joey Ku - Carnival Of The Animals
Alice Druzga - What if Chihuly designed...?
Developmental drawings (watercolours)
Developmental drawings (watercolours)
Ernesta Baniulyte - Kaukas
Kaukas Character design
Kaukas head detail
Kaukas head modelling (wip)
Sasha Hart - When I grow up I want to be..?
The Final Word...
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King