Initial Carnival Concept

A quick concept piece taking one of my thumbnails into Photoshop, experimenting with the composition and atmosphere of the piece. Here I'm trying to portray the carnival in an unhomely, eerie and unsettling manner.

Blocking in shapes with quick perspective lines.


The scene seemed far too static at this early stage, so I adjusted the horizon line to an angle for a more dynamic composition with additional details.


Some lighting effects and details to bring more atmosphere into the piece


As an initial piece, I believe it captures some aspects of being unsettling, yet I feel the scene could be much more ambiguous and unhomely given some more experimentations in framing and composition. Getting things right at this stage is pivotal to ensure a smooth transition into the realm of CG, and with this I've got a good idea what I need to look into next to better realise my initial concepts.

Any thoughts and feedback is most welcome.

6 comments:

matt hyland said...

these are really amaizing... I like the way you got the camera off tilt, and the barreness of the park. I also like the light aswell and the siloet of the feres wheel good work :D

tutorphil said...

Online Interim Review 15/12/09

Hi Leo,

If proof were needed of the importance of thumbnails and concept art in pre-visualising and art directing a given scene, your 'canted carnival' image supplies it; suddenly, your scene goes from ordinary to ominous... Some very encouraging visuals here, and I note too, how, in the third refinement you begin to consider your foreground, which adds depth and a hint of voyeurism to the scene; you should push this a little further - if, for instance, the 'camera' was viewing the scene from within some kind of stall, you could have souvenir bears or similar hanging down in the immediate foreground - something for looking past anyway; likewise, it might be worth considering putting an object in the path - some disembodied something - to add interest and another forlorn 'note'. Another possibility might be strings of coloured light bulbs zig-zagging from one side of the arcade to the other, to draw the eye deeper into the back of the image... you see, your concept art makes it possible for me to 'see' your space in my own head and therefore offer up these potential embellishments; it's powerful stuff, and will prove vital in later projects for just this reason - a platform on which to build creative discussions and refinements.

I look forward to the next phase of visualisation - colour values and lighting - and then the modelling begins!

See the next 2 posts for general info re. the written assignment as posted on all first year blogs.

tutorphil said...

Written assignment Unit 3 Part 1

Consider carefully the following learning outcomes for your essay and structure your assignment accordingly. You must demonstrate:

1) Knowledge and understanding of ‘the Uncanny’.

You should begin your essay by defining ‘the uncanny’ in theoretical terms (i.e. according to Sigmund Freud, Jentsch, and anyone else with a helpful or clear definition). You will be expected to include a quoted source by which to demonstrate your understanding; the essay, ‘The Uncanny’ by Freud is rich in useful observations – so use it; you’ll want to consider the concept of the ‘unheimlich’ and the sorts of motifs/artefacts that create the uncanny experience.

2) A developed ability to engage in research.

At this stage of your course, you are expected to research your subject area in order to enrich your discussion and corroborate your analysis. No essay at this stage should be written ‘off the top of your head’ or without a clear research agenda. Research might include a variety of film reviews, artist statements, images, books, critiques and articles. Research requires that you READ and take notes! For instance, if you are looking at Invasion of the Body-Snatchers in relation to the uncanny, first cross-reference lots of reviews/articles about the film. Make a note of any recurrent terms or ideas and when you come across a term you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with – investigate it! Try google searching associated terms together– for instance ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers & uncanny’ – as you may find research material that relates very specifically to your discussion.

There are no short-cuts to an intelligently written assignment – focused research = successful essays; without research and a body of evidence, your essay is simply ‘chat’ and of no academic significance. Be significant!

3) The ability to synthesise a range of research applied to arguments.

Put more simply, this means that once you’ve completed your research and gathered together your key ideas, you are then able to use them to ‘unpack’ your chosen subject; think of your research as a precision tool-kit especially selected by you to ‘dismantle’ your case-study or studies (i.e. the film, image, programme, artwork you’ve chosen to discuss)

4) The ability to clearly and academically communicate ideas.

This is all about your writing style and your ‘voice’ – too many of you are writing as if you’re talking, and it’s a habit you need to lose asap in this context. So you must avoid slang and clich├ęs; you’re not on the street or down the pub, you’re in a formal space with formal conventions.

Avoid the first person; instead of writing ‘I think that Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’, consider instead ‘It is arguable that Invasion of the Body-Snatchers is about the fear of conformity’.

tutorphil said...

Written assignment Unit 3 Part 2

Please don’t ‘narrate’ your own research – for instance ‘I looked on the internet and found this interesting article’ – No! No! No! Your reader doesn’t give a damn about ‘how’ you came by your research – just use it effectively and formally.

Punctuation – please use it! Try proof-reading your paragraphs out loud – if you’re gasping for breath by the end of them, you’re in serious need of some full-stops, commas and semi-colons. If you’re uncertain how to use them properly please visit http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp - and that goes for apostrophes too!

Capitalisation – all film titles, book titles, artist names etc – should be capitalized every time you include them; Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover etc… Likewise, when first referring to a film please include director and release date.

Footnotes are NOT to be used to reference quotes within the body of the essay; use Harvard Method. Footnotes can be used to include additional information external to the main body, but useful for the reader’s broader understanding of the subject area.

Italicize your quotations!

Double-space your document!

If you refer to something visual as part of your argument – you must include a supporting illustration as supporting evidence.

Finally – PROOF-READ your assignments before submission; I am not an English teacher so don’t want to be forever correcting spelling mistakes, typos or ‘right’ words wrongly substituted by a spellchecker. Make time to polish your written work, as you would your creative project work.

Good luck!

tutorphil said...

Also - if you haven't done so already, can you add the CG Arts central blog to your reading list - if you become an author, you can use it post problems and get answers from your classmates on all three years - just post your email as a comment, and Liam in the third year will set you up so you can post.

Please join & follow http://ucarochester-cgartsandanimation.blogspot.com/

Leo said...

Thanks for the feedback as always Phil, will definitely try pushing the foreground element as well as the other ideas in adding objects of interests.

@Matt
Cheers Matt, glad you like the piece :)

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