The Rule of Thirds:
The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. [citation, from Wikipedia]
Generally we find that aligning the focus/important subjects of an image to the meeting points of the lines make the final image appear a lot more interesting a pleasing to the eye. Below are some of my drawings from the project:
The bottom image shows the concept of having a frame-within-a-frame, in this case being the table. Other examples of a frame-within-a-frame could be rocks, trees, buildings or any other object that could heighten the illusion of the viewer peering into the scene.
The angle of the shot will always intensify the drama of a scene. The chair when viewed from below looks imposing and powerful while the bottle when viewed from above appears weak and tiny. When comparing those to extremes to the top image of a bottle viewed head-on it appears rather dull and mundane.
The second image introduces us to the application of tone with perspective. The darker shades indicate that the object is close to us while the softer and lighter greys make the object appear further away.
This week we were trying to apply our knowledge of basic shapes (that being cubes and spheres) to the human body to represent basic form. This basic form would then become the template on which to apply the cartoon character. This week we used Dirk the Daring and by god this was fun to do. His basic shapes are a half-circle for his torso and a tiny little cylindrical waist and rounded off with a pentagonal booty. He was surprisingly easy to draw onto Robert’s poses, I just need a little more practice and then it’ll look a little more professional.
Unfortunately some of my pages got damaged in the rain while waiting for a bus after uni. The smudges are unintentional.
We concentrated on using circles and lines to anchor points on a character’s face, this time using Winnie the Pooh who is apparently the easiest Disney character to draw (bullshit he’s bloody difficult)
The first image showing my attempts at using a sphere to create a face (and a cube to simulate a hat) was a nifty little exercise and one I think really helped me a lot in trying to get the proportions of Pooh’s face correct.Though drawing an identically sized sphere again and again was undeniably difficult, especially when we had to draw five frames of Pooh turning his head in-character and again but a sequence of facial expressions from happy to sad.
The homework we had for this week was to draw the inbetween of two separate poses of Robert with a big stick. The drawings on the far left and right of the page were the poses we observed first hand, the middle drawing was the one we had to imagine. This was a fun exercise if not challenging.
These are some concept drawings of the aliens who live around the Black Hole, nicknamed Scavengers or Scavs until further notice. They are super intelligent beings and the last known sentient race in the universe. They live around the Black Hole harvesting its gravitational energy to power their space station. They travel across the Event Horizon to explore Utopia and find a new place to live before the universe collapses entirely.
Trailer for the Christopher Nolan movie Interstellar (2014)
This made us think about another civilisation outside of the Black Hole (so there’s two worlds beside and beyond the event horizon). The civilisation would be the last in the universe and the only way to power their space station is to harness the gravitational energy created by the Black Hole. These creatures are in search of a Utopia and decide to send scouting missions beyond the event horizon to see if there is a change of finding a new home beyond the universe.
The Doctor Who episodes “The Impossible Planet” and “The Doctor’s Wife” also influenced our idea.
“The Impossible Planet” is an episode that takes place on a dwarf planet that is strangely orbiting a Black Hole without falling into it’s gravitational pull (this was actually caused by Satan doing some weird space shit but we’ll ignore that). This made us think about how the civilians living in the Space Station around the Black Hole would survive. They could maybe have super powerful engines on their spacecraft that can withstand the pull of the event horizon.
“The Doctor’s Wife” takes place on a planet outside the universe and is essentially a giant dumping ground for any space junk floating around the place. The planet is made of giant derelict spacecraft, bits of old machinery and tonnes and tonnes of dead organic matter. The inhabitants of the planet (as seen in the picture above) are made out of “space parts”. They replace any part of them that falls ill with anything they can find. This was the inspiration for the mash-up of creatures on Utopia (which is what we’ve named the world beyond the event horizon).