I altered the cut out or copic marker work on photoshop on. In the second image i changed the hues slightly to give a deeper colour and a slightly more space age colour pallet.
I drew a few pieces for a garden scene. I wanted something completely different to this. Wanted a more close up background of the garden that I could put the characters into. However i like this one as it gives a broad overview of the possible environment which is useful to have.
Heres some colour tests. The scanner in uni is acting up as ever so theses are the only ones I can post for now. I kept drawing the cyber goth character with goggles on her head as it seems to be a staple part of that look. I'm not sure they are actually practical but I thought I should try and see how they would look on the face. I have mixed feelings about this sketch as. I think putting the goggles on the face and obscuring the eyes takes a lot away from the character, but its nice to have the option for some in situs. I also tried different ways of putting line on the characters other than the thick black I usually use. I have experimented with mixing inks with copic markers. I quite like the more subtle result.
I heve sheets and sheets of the stuff now. I can't upload all of them but I think these give an idea of where the characters are going. I focused on the beginning of the project on the robot/mother character because I thought that was a quirky idea for the show so I wanted to get visuals for that idea as soon as possibles so people could see where I wanted the project to go. I started work on the other charcters. There is a dad, twins (one girls and a boy)and their older sister who acts like a baby sitter. The kids are fairly boisterous and have a lot of energy so I need designs to reflect that and also they have the ability to be very endearing, which is what gets them out of trouble a lot. The dad is a fairly typical middle aged man whos tired and run down by work. The last character is the oldest daughter, a sullen teenager. Like most teenagers she has a style that reflects a teenage fad. In this case Cyber goth. I picked this as a point of reference as it is a futuristic style that already exists and so I can study it. Coloured examples coming soon :)
I haven't posted on the blog for a few days. I've been up super late tonight working on character designs. Hopefully I can have some of them scanned in uni tomorrow and posted too. In the mean time I remembered the school designs I made last week. I was basing them on lollipop and bubble gum machines because I wanted them to feel quite childish and fun, one of the ways they get kids exited about going to school in the future, I guess its a form of subliminal messaging. One of them resembles a female body shape when turned upside down (the light pink pencil sketch) I like the idea of this being the basis for the shopping mall.
I have so many planets now! thirty three to be exact.With a bit of photoshop manipulation wizardry I could have twice that. In any case its enough for the long pan background Matt suggested. I did so many because I didn't want it to repeat at all because that would look lazy. However, I can adjust the hues to produce new colours which could look nice to. I have pushed the colours slightly in photoshop to make them slightly more vivid from the original cutouts. They lost some colour during the scanning process.
These are mixed media pieces I did fairly quickly to get an idea of how the universe I want to create will look. I talked to Graham and he had the idea of basing the structure on an atom. So I started looking up the geometry of covalent bonds. All the individual planets are connected by tubes (it it was a covalent structure these would be the bonds) I like the idea, I think it ties the world together. The next step is to try a much larger panning shot that shows different depths. The planets are traditional made cut outs, the tubes are vector images made in flash and the sky is photoshop.