Friday, 28 October 2016

Thursday, 27 October 2016

CG Artist Toolkit: Life Drawing - 6

the Halloween Life Drawing was great fun with Robin dressed up and Dr Caligari playing in the background, i got great drawings of his poses and his shadows


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

La Belle et la Bête, by Jean Cocteau 1946 - Film Review 6 space and environment

La Belle et la Bete by Jean Cocteau

Figure 1

In 1946 post-war, Jean Cocteau created a french Adaptation of beauty and the beast called La Belle et la Bete. This film was very influential to  Disney when they themselves creating their version of beauty and the beast, in fact, they took from this film was the name Belle for their main character for Belle is French for beauty which helps with the main location by films. Reviewers and critics seem to love this film's good visuals and its fairytale likeability, So much so it would leave reviewers screaming that "So enchanting it takes your breath away, Jean Cocteau's 1946 live-action version of the famous fairytale remains one of the most magical films ever made" (Oppenheimer, 2002) Which will audiences look at the film this statement is very true for the background and the characters are very fairytale like in their it follows this original story very well and has a light bouncy feel to it.

Figure 2 The story is very easy to follow story that's been told many times to children and adults, the story is about a girl named beauty and her family but they are going through hard times for the father's business a couple of the ships of the missing and they don't know what to do until her father gets word that when the ships have returned and set off to find out what's going on. Before leaving the two horrible sisters who treated beauty like Cinderella ask for the richest of things jewelry, clothing and anything that they can get their hands on as the beauty herself she only asks for rose knowing that it doesn't cost much. On his way home after listening to the bad things that happened on the ship he finds a castle hidden in the forest and spends the night there, the next day he sets off to go home but before he goes he notices a rose in the trees and plucks it. A ferocious beast comes out of nowhere threatening to kill him for taking this rose until hearing about his daughters the beast let's go for price one of the daughters must sacrifice themselves in order for the man to live, after the father comes back tells the daughters beauty sneaks off to sacrifice herself for her father but instead of eating her beast gives are alive and treats her to the finest of things, our first duty is absolutely stunned and shocked and doesn't know what to do but as time passes she learns to love the beast but pleads and begs him to see her father eventually beast let's her but makes her promise to come back of what he will die of grief, as for the rest of the film finishes off with her having her happy ending with the beast. But one thing to note about this film is the character beauty, for in this adaptation she comes off more sassy and flirtatious towards the end of the film when a viewer watches this film they will gradually see her become this character for it something that she says to beast when he becomes human which is "I like being afraid... with you."  (Day, 1946)  Which gives off that this feeling of she wants to be with the beast but leave on a little bit even though she does love.

Figure 3

When it comes to the production design of this film Cocteau turned to a fashion illustration called Christian Bérard, We're looking at his work for this film he did so with chalk drawings on black paper to emphasise how we wanted to seem to look beauty enters into the castle, this gives off not only dark feel in this scene of what's going on also very fairytale-like look to it as well The drawing itself gives off this flowing type feel to it as if reading the fairytale over in the artists head into the could clear depiction of what the artist wants, also the lights little chalk textures that this drawing gives off makes it look dreamlike which makes this film, not part of this world that is completely in a different universe or a different place. This helps the film because in 1946 it was post-war as in the war only just started at this time people needed to something to escape the real world which this film does very well because of its dreamlike production art and production set in what we are given from the film itself viewers will find themselves feeling invited and wanting to jump into this world that Cocteau and Berad have tried to create.

Figure 4

At the beginning of the film Cocteau goes on about how as children the viewer has heard this story told so many times that he wants the viewer to forget about what they know now forget about their mindsets and see the film as a child, this helps viewers see what he was trying to convey with this story for he's trying to make this an innocent looking film by its visuals, how it is filmed and character development, La Belle et la Bete is a great adaptation of the original's fairytale for really captures what it was trying to convey as other reviewers would admit that this film "Cocteau's 1946 version of the famous fairytale (re-released in a 4K restoration as part of the British Film Institute's ongoing Gothic season) is a tour de force that belies the straitened circumstances in which it was made" (Macnab, 2014) What he means by this statement is that the film is not only great in how it betrays the original story but also in the fact of it is well known that the British film Institute found it so enjoyable and visually pleasing that they decided on their list of films that people must see, with it is's fairytale -like feel the production design, as for another reviewer though he finds that the film is "It is one of the most magical of all films. Before the days of computer effects and modern creature makeup, here is a fantasy alive with trick shots and astonishing effects, giving us a Beast who is lonely like a man and misunderstood like an animal" (Ebert, 1999) The point is trying to make is that when the film came out a used a lot of old-style of filming however this actually helps the film in its dreamlike and fairytale aspect for instead of using the new high-tech that was going on in 1946 Cocteau thought it is better to film it this way, is a great film the great adaptation of the original story and is a must see for anyone of all ages.

Illustration list
  • Figure 1 - "La Belle Et La Bête (1946)." The Vintage Movie Posters Forum. N.p., n.d. Web.
  • Figure 2 - By Contrast, the Departure of Belle for the Beast’s Castle and Her Entry There Are Totally Stylised, with Cocteau Employing Slow Motion Photography to Obtain a Dreamlike Effect. "La Belle Et La Bête." The Pandorian. N.p., n.d. Web.
  • Figure 3 - By Extension, This Feeling of Being Loved Involves Respect,. "Reflections on Jean Cocteau's "La Belle Et La Bete"" Reflections on Jean Cocteau's "La Belle Et La Bete" N.p., n.d. Web.
  • Figure 4 - "Christian Berard : Muses, It Men." The Red List. N.p., n.d. Web.

  • Ebert, Roger. "Beauty and the Beast Movie Review (1946) | Roger Ebert." All Content. N.p., 26 Dec. 1999. Web.

  • Day, Josette. "La Belle et la Bete" Jean Cocteau, The film. 1946. 

  • Macnab, Geoffrey. "La Belle Et La Bete: Film Review - Cocteau's Forties Fantasy Is Still a Thing of Real Beauty." The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 2 Jan. 2014. Web.

  • Oppenheimer, Jean. "Movie Magic-LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE ." Dallas Observer. N.p., 02 Apr. 2002. Web


Monday, 24 October 2016

Photoshop toolkit - 5

We had  a small glimpse at our next project by looking at production design and making objects and animals combined together. 



Design Sheet 


Maya toolkit - 6 animating

Maya was great today I made a little character animation using a model called max and fooled around by making him an archer who missed the target and gets mad.

Starting pose 

Archery pose 

Animation Video 

max the poser from Laura Boots on Vimeo.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Reflecting statement

After the back on this whole project of invisible cities, I find that this was a complete enjoy to do for I really like how this project was set out as well as learning new techniques and tips in photoshop whether it be with adding colour gradient mask layer, making a hundred thumbnails of each and every city, having influence maps to create final design or the different brushes/techniques that you can use to bring my city to live. This out of all three of my final paintings I find is my interior for I love every little detail I managed to put into it as well as the patternmaking on my on the floor and the ceiling for myself it just screams Fedora museum and I'm very proud of it. The only weakness that I find in my entire project would be my exterior low angle shot I filled I rushed this too much and should have gone back to give more detail making it more stand out-ish like it up to counterparts, however, I do like it and I think it's okay but in the future I think I will focus more on details and getting everything looking perfect then rushing. All in all, I have enjoyed this project and I cannot wait for more. I think my presentation went really well I felt proud and confident about talking about my work and ideas I had for the city and I agree with Phil, Jordan and Simon about changing the same parts of the concepts to make them more 3D and final detailing just to make it more concept than a thumbnail.

Crit Presentation


Art of Fedora presentation

This PowerPoint presentation is how I created Fedora also known is the art of.

research into source material

this is how I researched into invisible cities as well as what city I picked

Contextual studies - 5

Contextual studies help me see how to approach my essay and what I should talk about, I decided it should be about sylain chomet "the illusionist". The lesson showed has to use books for the essay.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Interior establishing shot - animated GIF

Interior establishing shot - animated GIF


Exterior low angle shot - animated GIF

Exterior low angle shot - animated GIF


Exterior establishing shot - animated GIF

Exterior establishing shot  - animated GIF


Final 3 concept drawings

After exploring the invisible cities by Calvino drawing over a hundred thumbnails and going through every exterior and interior that I wanted to look at I finally decided on what three final drawings, colours and lighting my three drawings should be. And here are my fine detailed concept drawings of Fedora.

Exterior establishing shot 

Exterior low angle shot

Interior establishing shot


CG Artist Toolkit: Life Drawing - 5

This week life drawing I use colour in my drawings to bring them out a bit more and I think they went really well today and I love number 3 out of today.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Alien 1979 by Ridley Scott - Film review 5 space and environment

Alien 1979 by Ridley Scott

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In 1979 Ridley Scott decided to make one of the most influential and a thriller/slasher sci-fi films ever that would not only scare audiences out of their seats but also create a new genre of aliens this film was called Alien, this film so famous that people decide to either make a parodies of this film as well as inspire other SCI-FI films ot try and create their own scary alien space atmosphere to help with future sci-fi franchises. When it came to reviewers they will say about how good it was, for example, "Still one of the creepiest scariest most shocking films ever" (Nash, 2012) Which is true when seeing the film just midway through it after the events that happened to the characters. To make this film it cost estimated about $11 million as for box office hits it managed to make about 78,900,000 dollars, truly this film shows not only in money but also the comments it got as a film review that this is a brilliant sci-fi film even with its scary jump cut scene.

When it comes to alien film the set designs make it look like a well thought complex film when actually the story is very simple to follow, story is about a whole team of scientists and engineers going back home after a mission in deep space but when picking up a distress signal from an from a nearby planet that they are passing through some members of the team decide to stop and check out what's going on resulting in an alien life form taking hold of one of the crew members face this only leads to disaster and shocking imagery from the film. It is up to our only survivor of the film played by Sigourney Weaver to leave the spaceship and try and get back before she herself dies, this film goes into the theme of sexual intercourse and being impregnated that people as human beings have a fear of. Where the fear is being forced into that situation like in the film resulting in disaster, Scott does this very well by having the aliens jump onto a member of the crew and giving birth to one of the scariest aliens known in the film industry as Xenomorph, as well as the crew members giving concern and trying to make sure he's okay, in real life this would be the same for anyone who has been raped or hurt themselves Scott seems to do this very well bringing realism into this film you can see that the actors are mumbling some words Scott intended for them to be as real as possible is an audience could connect to the characters and for more engaged with the store example he deliberately not tell them about the stomach scene to get a real reaction out of the actors and it worked for one of the actresses in the film screened out "oh my God" in a terrifying manner as if she was not expecting it making viewers completely believe the reaction was completely real after the alien was born right out of the stomach and bursts its way through running across the table,  realism into the film gives a real sense that the director Scott knew exactly what he wanted to do with this the as well as the viewers feeling more engaged into the story and want to pay more attention and what it has to offer being this fear very much alive to anyone who watches it and making the film very visceral.

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The key thing to note about this film is its characters and film set design for the set design is filled with dark and greyish colours to make viewers feel like there's something not right it's not only on the planet where the ship of the giant alien is but also on the actual spaceship that characters are in for example in the cargo home it is nothing but black, greys and a little bit of yellow for lighting, making the scenes with the Xenomorph even more scarier for it blends into the set design making it all the more undetectable until it jumps out at the characters with its teeth baring, the only source like colours that the audience will find is the eating area and the room where they contact a robot mother these two rooms are only filled with white and small little light, giving off sense that it is a safe place, the characters unfortunately was some of them viewers don't get to know that much about them except that a few want to break the rules but the one character to notice is Weaver's character Ripley for she takes charge and becomes the female lead which viewers do not see that much in the and sci-fi films nowadays or before this is a brand-new twist bores she becomes this great symbol of surviving in the film and a morally good role model for although she wants to escape the ship very badly to get away from the alien monster she is willing to sacrifice herself to save her own This helps to connect with audiences on who is the good person in the film who is the hero and later on film we see who is the antagonist the person who wants to get destroy things which are Ash a robot following orders to bring back an alien life form who is willing to sacrifice the crew to complete his mission. For audiences, this is easy to figure out who the antagonist is like in film he does come to a horrible ending as all good guys and bad guys stories do which some viewers might find helps Weaver's character to be a better survivor and more willing to fight what she is trying to do.

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This film is truly great fun to watch as well as a terrifying, visceral experience. As most reviewers would describe this film "It remains a benchmark of extraterrestrial horror and gives us a bona field A-list star in the shape of Sigourney Weaver "A sci-fi thriller of palpable, nerve-tingling tension, with Sigourney Weaver -- playing warrant officer Ellen Ripley -- in stunning form." (Chilton, 2015) This gives more insight about all this has affected many reviewers and audiences with its clever writing and well thought out characters what this review is saying is that the film is well thought out through its story and set designs and that the actress we the was an excellent choice in going ahead of making the first sci-fi female hero of any sci-fi film for her determination and morals. As for others another review said that "it never feels dated and holds up remarkably well" (Kaltenbach, 2003) This is true for the film although made in 1979 does not fill outdated to any reviewer and audiences if is relatively new with the idea of a female lead in depicting themes of intercourse and impregnating many films nowadays do not project this at all if sometimes do they don't do it very well unlike alien for the idea is original, new, and presents itself in the future much like 2001 space Odyssey and Star Wars both unique new ideas just like this film, and when viewers rewatch it is as if they are in the Cinema reliving the experience of alien, on the whole alien is a good sci-fi action horror audience would love to watch when allowed casually or at Halloween it's a visceral film that people must see.


  • Chilton, Martin. "Alien: The Director's Cut, Review." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, June-July 2015. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

  • Kaltenbach, Chris.Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC. "Scott's `Alien': The Shocks Still Rock." Tribune digital-Baltimore sun. N.p., 2003. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

  • Nash, Scott. "Alien (1979) Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright - Three Movie Buffs Review." N.p., June-July 2012. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

Illustration list 

  •  figure 1 - "10 Najboljih Filmova Koje Preporučuje Glumica Slađana Zrnić." FashionBeautyLove. N.p., 2014. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

  •  figure 2 - Rivers, Bobby. "Bobby Rivers TV." : January 2012. N.p., 1970. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

  •  figure 3 - Le. "Film Review: Alien (1979)." Exhale:. N.p., 1970. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.


Monday, 17 October 2016

Interior Establishing Shot ideas and colours

This is my ideas, choices and colour keys for my Interior Establishing shot. 

Interior Establishing shot ideas 

My Choice 

Interior colour keys ideas

My Choice


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Exterior Low Angle Shot ideas and colours

Again This is my ideas, choices and colour keys for my Exterior Low Angle shot. 

Exterior Low Angle shot Ideas

My choice

Colour key

my colour choice 


Exterior Establishing Shot ideas and colours

This is my ideas, choices and colour keys for my Exterior Establishing shot.

Exterior Establishing shot ideas

 My Choice 

My Colour Keys 

Colours choice 


@Phil concepts

Hi, Phil how are these concepts  Exterior Establishing Shot and which one o you like.


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Maya homework - 5 all lighting and animations

I manage to get this done quicker, this time, signs of improvement showing :)

lighting robot 

ship rotation animation

ball animation

bouncing balls from Laura Boots on Vimeo.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Maya toolkit - 5 lighting

learning a bit more of Maya it helps a lot, I think the lighting was good.