I've been working away at various scenes of the animation, but here is an update on the opening scene.
Quick playblast of the scene so far:
I think I'll add some more texture variation to the grass, and hopefully the background will be blend better when compositing in after effects.
My photos taken of the Ling Zhi mushroom served well in creating the textures for the mushroom. I've also painted over the textures for a more stylised aesthetic similar to my earlier concepts.
Some refinement is necessary as I am yet to establish the appropriate lighting which I'm having difficulty with. The scene is set during the day, perhaps afternoon - any pointers in lighting would be greatly appreciated. But I hope this begins to achieve the slightly painterly feel reminiscent to my earlier concept pieces.
Back to the pits!