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).
Trying to stay true to the first team’s garbage world we tried to think of many ways to carry on the theme of an intergalactic dump without being too pedestrian. I came up with the idea of using a Black Hole as the focal point of our world, as Black Holes are essentially an extremely dense mash-up of everything and anything that gets pulled into it. As we have no idea and have no way of finding out what happens once everything gets pulled into a Black Hole, we invented a scenario whereby when everything that gets sucked into the Event Horizon (the black circular bit of the black hole, if you will) merges into the point of singularity (when all the matter is compressed into one super-dense volume) it is merged together into the oddest combinations. The part we invented was what happens next: when all the matter that falls and is compressed in the black hole expands again on the other side, Beyond the Event Horizon.
Everything that falls into the Black Hole – planets, suns, life – merges into strange combinations of the lot, creating mountains of foam and spaceships, leopards made of fire and bicycles, skyscrapers made from a turtle and bats wings. Everything odd and wonderful.
We were split up after the first week. Team Human Beans was no more. Myself and two other Human Beans were joined with three members of a different team and were given the task of picking up from where the previous team left off (we were moved to a different table.)
The previous team left us with a bit of a problem. Their idea was described as being over-used and unoriginal, so we basically had to start over using elements from the previous team’s idea.
The previous idea was a dumping-ground world, much like Wall-E, where Earth or another planet similar has been abandoned by all sentient beings and is only used as a place to dump waste. Over time the smaller, more resilient creatures and plant life combine with the junk and form a new super-species of cyborg/animal/plant creatures.
That was our briefing. We have to create a fully functioning, habitable (by anything; machines, aliens, creatures, plants, bacteria etc) world that could fit inside a coffee cup or stretch out across galaxies. Our team for the first week, The Human Beans as we called ourselves, started off by brainstorming what a world is.
We narrowed the concept of a world down to two main factors: Literal and Perceived, the literal world being an ecosystem or environment and the perceived world being one inside your head. This project could have gone in either of the two directions. We each came up with a few ideas and shared them with the group.
Some of the ideas included:
Existential Nightmare World – A man is trapped inside his own little “box”. He believes he is the only thing that really exists and everything else is just in his head. Nothing is real.
Coffee Cup World – The coffee is the universe. The “big bang” is when the water meets the granules and the end is when the last drop has been drunk. Civilisations and class-systems are formed by the Human Beans who live in the coffee.
Traffic Light World – A world inside the traffic lights. The Red, Amber and Green lamp people live to warn the humans of the dangerous vehicles.
Alternate History – The meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs never struck Earth. Dinosaur keep on evolving into super predators and even dragons. The rest of life on Earth adapts with the dragons to form bigger, stronger and stranger to harmonise with the new sentient beings.
Sock Drawer World – Dust Mites living in the sock drawer who eat socks. This is why you always lose one of your socks.
Stove World – A never-ending war between the Fire People and the Coal People.
Yellowstone World – The Yellowstone super-volcano erupts and wipes out humankind. The rats and corvids mutate and take over the world.
Inverted World – Everyone lives on the hollow interior of the planet and adapts to this weird, dark environment.
Meteor World – Life on a meteor flying through space. Most meteorites are made from amino acids, so the creatures/plants/formations would all be made out of proteins.
We never got a chance to fully settle on one particular idea before we switched tables.
This was my first ever attempt at Life Drawing. It was rather daunting at first but after a while the atmosphere was a lot more comfortable and I as well as everyone else in the room felt at ease with drawing a man’s naked butt.
Some of these sketches I like better than others, though overall I think I surprised myself because I don’t pride myself in my drawings of humans at all. I can see an improvement from my first sketch to my final (decent) sketches (the 30 second sketches were really sketchy). Unfortunately I cannot for the life of me figure out how to re-organise these pictures so I can’t actually show everyone which pictures came first and which came later, but hopefully you’ll be able to see and work it out for yourself 🙂