Dinosaur Models

I decided to try modelling our two characters so we could get an idea of what size they would be side by side. I had drawn this comparison initially using Amy’s design of the T-Rex and the design I did of the secondary character which is based off of a Parasaurolophous (a herbivore that is also from the Cretaceous Era).

Size Comparison Chart
Size Comparison Chart

Below is the original models that I made of our characters, although there were a few areas where it looked rather strange, as you can see from where there is a line on the T-Rex’s leg. I’m pretty sure that it didn’t help modelling it all in one go.

First Attempt
First Attempt

This was my second attempt at the T-Rex. The eyes, nose and mouth still need to be added though.

Second Attempt
Second Attempt

Planning

In one of the books I read, cannot remember which one it was, but it had a nice little breakdown of what work was involved in every scene and I thought it would be useful for each person in our group to have so that everyone would know exactly what is involved in each scene.

I drew up a simplified version of the plan and shared it with the group.

Simple Plan
Simple Plan

The completed versions are in my folder, and I also took pictures of them and shared them with the rest of my group, so everyone had an identical plan and there would be no reason for something being missed.

Head Reference Images

I had to get pictures of Andrew’s head for reference when I come to model it. Initially I was just going to have him stand there and take the pictures but we found out he is just too tall for me to reach. So, he sat down to make it easier for me- and was still taller. However, the height difference was significally decreased so I got the photos.

Next I’ll draw on the various facial muscle groups onto the photos so it will be easier to edge loop in Maya.

Colour Scheme

Here are some of the colour palettes we looked at to use for our animation.

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We used this video recommended by Clare for inspiration Carnotaurus. The bright colours also fit with one of the conventions of the comedy genre.

We sat down as a group and wrote down what we needed to get done and then went though it, checking things off when we finished them.

To do list
To do list

I then made a birds eye view of the landscape so we could plan out the layout of the different background objects such as trees and bushes. The second version has the two bushes on a slight hill.

Citations:

Kim, B. (2012). Carnotaurus. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfk8tkh5uKA&feature=youtu.be. Last accessed 25th Mar 2015.

Various. (2015). menacing color palettes. Available: http://www.colorhunter.com/tag/menacing/1. Last accessed 25th Mar 2015.

Modelling- In Progress

After modelling an arm in class, I decided to try and model a person and found the image below online.

Full Body Turnaround
Full Body Turnaround

I’m not entirely sure how I found this image, I can’t find it again even though I used the same search words, but I’ve tried to model it.

I started with the arm since we did a version of it and when I went to extrude the hand I had accidentally selected the vertices rather than the faces, but it’s an interesting result. Matthew said it reminded him of the Iron Man suit.

Arm Attempt
Arm Attempt
Unsmoothed Arm
Unsmoothed Arm
Smoothed Arm
Smoothed Arm
Unsmoothed Arm with Wireframe on model
Unsmoothed Arm with Wireframe on model
Smooth Arm with Wireframe on model
Smooth Arm with Wireframe on model
Textured Unsmoothed Arm
Textured Unsmoothed Arm
Textured Smoothed Arm
Textured Smoothed Arm

Crime Chart

I read Visual complexity and liked the radial organisation chart, and decided to try and replicate it with the data we found on crime statistics that I got from the PSNI website. (In order to get the figures for crime in the city of Belfast I had to draw out the boundary of the city on the interactive map, and then it gave me the data.)

How I made it:

The circles are all actually to scale. I used Maya, created NURB circles and scaled them up to the percentages of each individual category of criminal activity that was conducted. Then I took a screenshot and drew over the image in Illustrator.

Scale diagram
Scale diagram

The five coloured circles represent the different types of crime and then the smaller, fainter coloured circles, represent the specific crime committed.

Completed diagram
Completed diagram

Crime Statistics:

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Citations:

Lima, M (2011). Visual complexity: mapping patterns of information. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. p1-264.

PSNI. (2015). Detailed statistics for Central. Available: http://www.police.uk/northern-ireland/Central/crime/+DN0KNB/stats/#crime_stats. Last accessed 3rd Mar 2015.

Consistency

We discussed what our favourite parts from the dinosaur concepts were and decided that we wanted a squarish head, rounded body, circular feet and circular eyes.

I created this tutorial for our dinosaur to help the everyone in the group keep the drawing style consistent.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUcH2nDC_tI&list=PL3ZwHKJqL0UZfedoFKlw-PX3V_-0l2d9R&index=1