The finished storyboard shows all the different shots that would be shown in a full-length animatic based on the text we received. As well as this I also included a little description of what happens within every scene. This storyboard will help me create the animatic and where the different components need to be placed.
I made sure that the storyboard was simple and didn’t have detailed drawings as its main purpose was just to give me guidance. In the future, I could go back and refine a more polished storyboard that has coloured illustrations but for now, this one will be more than good enough.
Moving on from the creatures I started to create some of the vehicles hats would appear in the animatic. Soe fo these were extremely simple as they are defined by their features and have to be created in a certain way. This was the train and the Skyrail. However, apart from the text says ‘ clumsy golems’ and ‘ leather wings’. This gave me lots of different ideas and I thought the typical golem would look odd and out of place. Therefore since my city is slightly futuristic I decided that the golem would simply be a man-made vehicle. The first design was a crude flying machine made from wood. This could be shown flying or on the ground with the students surrounding it and bottles around it.My other design was to simply have a leather winged glider that would fly across the sky. I personally preferred this design as I felt like it was more unique and that the golem term applied more. The aerostat was another fairly simple design which had t be a specific shape to look like what it is meant to be. However, to add my own design to it I merged it with a blimp, adding a deck to the blimp on the underside as well as propellers.
After finishing the vehicles I then began to create the specific buildings and environment that are mentioned in the text. The first I created was the mountains to the west. This was a simple creation as I simply drew triangles in a condensed area and the decorated them with snow, lodges and rocks, and they were complete. I then create another floating island that would have the parliament buildings and the organic weapon. The second I read the ‘organic weapon’ line I thought that it would be a good idea for the weapon itself to be a plant. Therefore I decided that one of the tall buildings on this island would have the plant wrapped around it with a snapper at the end.
The boiler room and the office are the only interior space which the text mentions, therefore these would be the only interior rooms that I have to create. The boiler room would be simple and simple have generators and boilers so that it is straight t the point. However for the offices I , at first, struggled with what to add. The line ‘droning bores’ gave me the idea to add lots of people to this room wandering around looking lifeless, as if they are actually drones.
Looking at the piece of text I began to pick out all of the creatures that were mentioned. A couple of different birds and bugs are mentioned however, I felt like it was only necessary to create one of the birds and the bugs are so small that they would only be visible as black dots. The bird I decided to create was the jackdaw. I based it off of a drawing on google as I was unsure on how the jackdaw looked. I created two variants of it in case I wanted the bird to be stood or flying.
The another creature that I created was an animal that doesn’t exist so I had to come up with a design for it. The first thing that I did was look up ‘Aspisi’ and found a dragon-like a creature. The gave me the idea to use a similar head shape but combine it with a typical bird to create a new creature. I created multiple different variants which give me more options to use in the final animatic.
With the piece of text that we had been given that describes a city and the atmosphere of this city, our task was to use it to create a storyboard that could be used for creating an animatic, which essentially is an early animated visualization. I started this by looking through the text and picking up the features which described the city itself. Once done I then started to create a design using my own ideas, but making sure that I included these elements. For example, the very first line of the text says ‘A city unconvinced by gravity’, which gave me the idea to have the city be on an island which is floating in the sky. I also included things such as a Skyrail, aerostats(blimps) and smoke towers.
Once my city was finished I then decided to create another view of the city, this time more up close looking specifically at the smoke towers and factories of the city. I didn’t want to add any detail sine these drawings are only to help me gain visuals for creating a storyboard. However, in the future, I may come back to these designs and add some colour to them in photoshop.
Looking back at these drawings I can already see how far my drawing skills have improved and this is without adding any detail. Hopefully, I can continue on this path and improve further.
My next step will now be to create the creatures that are frequently mentioned in the text. I will most likely do this by combining the paradolia technique with the description that is given to me already within the text.