This weeks task is to produce visuals for a series of scenarios, imagining they are full-page, colour illustrations for a hardback book and will therefore be executed in a portrait format. Starting with a series of quick, thumbnails (60mm high X 40mm wide), executed on paper using appropriate media, colour and tone. Producing multiple ideas/compositions will allow my work to evolve into a more finished client visual.
The titles/scenarios are as follows:
Ambushed - two figures - a city's back streets - night
Vertigo - a steeplejack - daytime - windy day
Tango - two figures, movement, sexy, close, exotic, café
Systems Failure - one figure, spaceship, physical struggle
A Giant Leap - rooftop chase, three figures, peril, bravery
January Sales - claustrophobia, queuing, doors opening, multiple figures
I have tried to capture the range of tone used in my thumbnails to inform my final piece, making the piece feel more three dimensional. I have used a monochromatic colour palette, as I wanted to concentrate on using lights and darks to push the tonal value, I also think it adds to the foreboding of the scene and the imminent feeling of dread.
Doing the thumb nails for this piece really helped me to experiment with view point and perspective, as my first few thumbnails are quite similar in the way they are set out with the tower being the most commandeering part of the piece with a small figure placed somewhere on it. I realised that these compositions were feeling similar and not very exciting so I decided to experiment more to find a more dynamic angle. I decided on the falling man as I felt the composition was engaging and instilled the feeling of vertigo that I was hoping to capture.
I found it quite a challenge to create interesting compositions which captured the sense of movement between the figures and putting them into a café setting, However, I enjoyed rendering the final piece and when for a vintage feeling with the colour palette with subtle browns and reds, adding to the sexy and close atmosphere.
Thumbnailing for this idea was difficult, as there was a lot of space to fill (pardon the pun!) As wells as thinking about how to fill the space by creating a dynamic composition there was also the question of the struggle and how to capture the physicality of that action which I decided to depict by the hands reaching towards each other, as if on of the spacemen had come detached and was floating away.
A Giant Leap
When creating the thumbnails for this piece I used reference images of parkour runners to capture a sense of bravery and peril. I decided on my final piece, as I felt the positioning of the figures drew the viewers eye through the piece and created a dynamic composition.
These thumbnails were difficult as I felt that the sizing was a little bit restrictive and there were so many figures to fit in to the composition which needed to be rendered fairly proportionally in order to create a realistic sense of claustrophobia. This is also the only final that I've rendered horizontally, as I felt that the vertical composition was not working as there was more space which reduced the feeling of claustraphobia.