Colonial Castle/Fort

For the castle, I thought the design would serve well in capturing a similar colonial era of the BGH to further establish his relationship with such an object. As such, he lovingly recreates the design as a castle of his time and place, only for it to similarly crash with his downfall.

Moreover, while some previous grand castle imagery I looked at earlier may give a pleasing form, it would most likely feel disjointed to the BGH, where the standard sand bucket castle would feel far too basic to have any real sentimental value to the BGH.

Its been tricky to find a balance in the design to keep it creatively appealing while maintaining its roots to an colonial era. Too much of one thing pushes the castle into a different direction entirely as grand towers with pointed tops appeared too disney/fantasy like, where other general forms felt too medieval. As such, I've structured the castle similarly to a colonial star fort, with a central tower to give it some height and form.

I believe the design works well to some degree, linking to the era of the BGH while maintaining some pleasing aesthetic form, though I wonder if I can push this further. Yet for now, it will serve as a place holder as the sand castle within my storyboards until I can return to it with some more time.

Some reference images of colonial castles/forts.


tutorphil said...

As part of your forthcoming Animation project (Unit 5), you will be participating in a series of 2D animation workshops with Meg Bisineer – a sessional lecturer coming to us from the Royal College of Art.

Meg has asked that you equip yourselves with an ‘animator’s tool kit’. She recommends that you visit and purchase the following items BEFORE your first workshop on Friday 12th March.

Economy grade 60gsm A4 punched (1000 sheets – pre-punched) - £22.99

3-Pin Plastic Pegbar - £2.99

The pre-punched paper and the pegbar are both necessary for the effective registration of your drawings. You will be working on your own individual A4 lightboxes – which the course is providing. Yes, it’s going to cost you some money, but the pre-punched paper and pegbar will save you a great deal of time and prep. See below for further requirements for your animator’s tool kit

1) Sketchbooks: at least A5 size or bigger.

2) Pencils: HB & 2B.

3) Eraser / Sharpeners.

4) A blue or red colour pencil.

5) A4 paper - 60 gsm (60-80 sheets)*

6) A strip of thick cardboard : 15cm x 2 cm*

7) Masking tape*

8) Paper knife*

9) Ruler*

*Note – these items are necessary if you DON’T order the specified supplies from Chromacolour – as Meg will show you a basic way to create an alternate means of registration.

In terms of paper cost – share a box with a classmate and split the costs. The weight of the paper is important (60gsm) because it is translucent, thus allowing you to see through it to your previous drawings.

Also – if you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you should get hold of the following

The Animator's Survival Kit : A manual of methods, principle and formulas for classical, computer, games, stop motion and internet animators: by Richard Williams, published by Faber and Faber.

The Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells, published by AVA Publishing.

Meg has designed a very thorough curriculum for your 4 workshops - be amazing!

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