Monday, April 21, 2014

Pocket Sized Grandparents: General Update

So after last week, where I presented my idea / character for a second time I received some pretty good feedback. Firstly I need a name change for the whole thing which isnt a massive issue anyway as the title was always a working title. Secondly my character designs seemed to ahve gone down well but I need to develop some actual concept work rather than just character sketches. In other words put the characters into situations that they would actually find themselves in within the film. For example Ron and Iris would constantly struggle to find clothes that would fit them, so I need to develop some images that would suit that idea. 

Last night I quickly drew up some more sketches of Ron, of which I feel I have a good understanding of as a character now, how he would move ect. 

Ron perhaps after he has lost Iris, and only has her wedding ring left (which would have been to big for her fingers as they shrank) 

Ron cloth less, with just a few rags he has safety pinned to his scrawy body. 

Lastly, and most importantly, it was mentioned that my main character should be the boy / teenager that is looking after Ron and Iris. We decided that this film would focus on two points, the struggle of getting older and the struggle of looking after your grandparents, but decided that the main focus should be the latter as its the only that I could personally relate too. I hadn't given a thought to what the teenager would look like, so have now got to work on that. Below is a rough concept I have after a bit of research and design.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pocket Sized Grandparents: Ron Update

So after posting my last update I decided that Iris needed a lot of work, so
thought I would quickly try and get a solid picture of Ron down so I felt comfortable with him that I 
could spend the rest of my time working on Iris. I thought It would give me a better idea
of how he might move by doing some gesture poses. Following this, I decided to do a very very rough 'take' animation test of Ron.

So here is there the very rough test of Ron, sort of a 'take' of sorts. This was just to give me a rough idea of how he might move, but am going to do some better tests this week.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pocket Sized Grandparents: Character Update

Although I was fortunate enough to be able to earn some money working this easter break, it 
didn't leave me with tons of time to focus on developing my pitch idea: pocket sized grandparents.

However, in the last few weeks being back in Falmouth I have focused completely on gaining some direction in terms of how this project may play out. I've started off by developing my characters some more; Ron and Iris (which I have named after my grandparents, of course!). They are coming along nicely I feel, however very much unpolished and still in need of colour work. I'm particularly pleased with how I think Ron will eventually work out, and I feel the need to do some animation tests shots with his lanky body soon!

Firstly, here is some very early development work for Ron and Iris. I want the couple to both be fragile and easy to empathise with, but also endearing. 

Next are some more recent developments, as well as some character posing to get a feel for how they might move. 

And finally a quick gesture sketch of Ron, holding a rose to his wife, Iris. More to follow shortly...