Ba Hons CG Arts & Animation
OGR 10/10/2014Hi Josh,I know you're struggling a bit with this project, because you're worried about drawing. Try not to worry. I can safely say that you must be improving because you're drawing more now than before, and we all know what practice makes...In regard to Octavia, in the first instance, take a look at the feedback I've written for Vlad, because it pretty much unpacks my thoughts on why the 'Spider-web city' is a fantastic choice, and why it's a good idea to go back to the description, because it does seem as if a number of students are missing out on what it's actually got on offer (above and beyond that key image of the spider web [and less so an actual spider]):http://garrisonimpala.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/online-greenlight-review-project-01.htmlI can't help noticing too that your influence maps are largely preoccupied with the mountains - and not the city. The mountains are important, but not as important as you coming to identify a visual concept for that fantastical suspended city.When in doubt - go back to the real world; if I was looking to better understand this structure, I'd look at real world structures and real-world engineering in terms of supporting structures and suspension technology; for example:http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ptnol-xaP3M/UMelTV8prAI/AAAAAAAAE3I/YOUU92OPDmg/s1600/4082193852_e8494a0d27_b.jpghttp://planetoddity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/dangerous-rope-bridge-1.jpg?5e9c63http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/US_Navy_100610-N-4774B-145_Mass_Communication_Specialist_2nd_Class_Michael_Barton_crosses_a_rope_bridge_at_the_obstacle_course_at_Naval_Amphibious_Base_Coronado.jpghttp://www.cityplanter.co.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/hang-it-composite-ceiling2.jpghttp://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/05/david-trubridge-baskets-1-537x400.jpghttp://ilikethisplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/suspended-treehouse-tent-tentsile-alex-shirley-smith-1.jpgShort version - you're not just painting a scene, you're a concept artist, which makes you an architect. You need to imagine this suspended city as a 'reality' - so that it makes sense and has its own internal logic. Ask yourself this question: why does your Octavia look the way it does - what is your design principle, from where/what do your structures derive? In design terms, it's not enough to hang a generic 'city' between two mountains; you need to think about how this city works and how its appearance reflects that.My advice - refer to the real world for your answers/inspiration.