Monday, 16 August 2010

Previous 3D work

This is a link to my somewhat dusty DeviantArt  profile showing some 3D work I did for college:

DeviantART Profile

The model was to represent a possible set design for a theatre adaption of Edward Scissorhands. I set this model up purely to show how the effect of light direction, colour and cast shadows would convey the symbolism in the storyline. The light and shadow in the daytime renders play the ideas of Edward's "enlightenment"/birth into the rest of the world against the anxiety he feels and other people's immediate reaction to his appearance. The darker night renders are set at the end of the film where everyone believes Edward is dead, thus retracting from the 'light' world outside and returning to the solitude of his dark attic room.

There is such irony in the film that the colourful townsfolk are shallow and quite evil inside whilst charming and attractive on the outside, like a chocolate eclaire filled with tar. Edward however is striking in appearance but is actually naïve, unoffensive and amoral


  1. "Using the objects (see sheet) as a starting point, you are to generate concept drawings in three categories; ‘structures’, ‘life-forms’, and ‘machines’"

    Does this mean that all the sketches have to be based or inspired on something? Would sketches that have not bee inspired by other works/inspiring objects etc be ok too? Its just that occasionally I'll be minding my own business, not thinking about anything when an idea comes out of the blue, taps me on the head and says "draw this" :)

    Hey Oliver, I picked up this comment from the CGAA Group blog and I need to be very clear about this; the first golden rule of CGAA is 'answer the brief'. There are 35 first year students all looking at the same 2 sheets of objects and all being asked to use them to create 3 categories of designs; the joy of this brief is that those 35 students will all come up with unique ways of using those objects; the brief will therefore demonstrate what is exciting about your creativity - the ability to innovate and solve problems within the limits of a brief. Indeed, it is the limits that light-up the creative process. If you have a limitless brief, where 'anything goes', the results are often fuzzier, less defined and too subjective. You need to get used at this early stage to seeing the boundaries set by a brief, not as obstacles to swerve, but opportunities to take.

    Short answer then - use the objects on the sheet and do as the brief asks.

    Meanwhile, loved the description of the chocolate eclaire filled with tar...

  2. Thanks Phil,
    Thats made it perfectly clear, its just that the brief says to use the images as a starting point and not to the exclusion of all else. Being given something to draw from certainly makes the task a little easier :)

    I love the smell of similes in the morning

  3. ... that is, the starting point for the final design; check out Nat's 'lifeform' evolution for a good example of evolution/hybridisation... if you chart the process, you'll see how it began life as one of the pair of high heel shoes...