Defining a Visual Style / Creating Frames
Having spent a period of time visually exploring the form of the narrative’s hero character, the Pilea plant, I started to narrow down the visual qualities that I thought were working well.
In order to ensure a consistent look and feel throughout the motion piece I decided to set meyself some visual paramenters to work within. In line with my mid-century illustration references I refined myself to a 5 colour palette. I intentionally chose quite a muted colour palette with a bright green as the accent colour in order to draw the audiences attention to the plants in the story.
Based on my limited previous experience of animating illustrative pieces, I was aware that adopting a heavily linear style lent itself well to ‘write on’ animation effects which I was keen to try and put into practice over the next phase of work. I elected to illustrate secondary items such as props and enviroments throughout the narrative in a recessive linear style and decided that I would only use colour fills when I wanted to draw the audiences attention to a particular element or character.
Mindful again of my mid-century visual references I strived to depict my subjects in quite a graphic way, embracing the straights and curves drawing technique.
In preparation for illustrating the style frames for my film I collected together large amounts of reference material from online source which I kept in paginated folders on my computer. I continually referenced these along with my initial storyboard throughout the illustration process in order to ensure I was still on track.
This was my first experience illustrating using a combination of Photoshop and my recently acquired Wacom Cintiq. I instantly fell in love with this process, it felt very intuitive and defiitely speeded up the entire illustration process. I found the extra screen size on the Cintiq set it apart from the iPad Pro (which I had experimented with during the Cult Brief earlier in the module and allowed for a freer, looser approach to the my digital drawing process which in turn made it more enjoyable for me.