I was making puppet versions of Trip and I looked at various Toy designs to help me with the practical functions. I also looked at some paper-toy designs that inspired me to make my own, as a bit of an additional Trip giveaway. This was just a quick idea for one! There’s a really interesting book on paper toy design in the library called “We Are Paper Toys”
We’ve been having some great life-drawing with Vanessa. I really enjoy the short poses. It feels great to be doing regular life drawing, and I can see the positive effects it has on my character designs. Vanessa’s approach of using props is really helpful, for building a bank of poses to call on when drawing from imagination and animating. Here’s a selection of charcoal drawings from the last 4 weeks…
This is the basic story outline. I drew it in a comic strip style to help me work out what I wanted to represent. Some of the panels need reworking to turn it into an animatic. But doing it like a comic was a much better way for me to start rather than thinking shot by shot straight away before I’d developed the story. Writing a script first can also be difficult for me to get the idea across with description. I showed it to Steve and An Vrombaut. They were really helpful and positive about the idea.
An suggested using the comic book as a promotional tool for the film, which I really like. She was really inspiring. I liked her insight on everybody’s ideas. Steve siad he thought it had a similar appeal to Scott Pilgrim/ Wimpy Kid etc. rad.
I’m now considering this project as part of a mini-series. There were plenty of scenarios I imagined Trip getting into that I wont be able to fit into one 3 minute film. So hopefully after graduating I will be able to take this idea further. One of the main reasons for this is that I really feel like I would enjoy working with the characters and context longer term. Let’s see what happens with the pilot!
Some pictures from the sketch book, parts that made it into the film and parts that didn’t. Would have been fun to have her screaming on the sax! See how the Pianoman and the cat could have been friends in the end. There are so many drawings in my sketch book I’d like to post up. Hope to do a few more before the end of the project if there’s time.