28 – Background Design

In my animation, i will have a big parallaxing scene (actually there’s lots of background parallaxing) for the train to enter the scene.

 

I referred on some sky mirror photography and animation to check out how the train and clouds work in this background. I got inspired by Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki

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Final Image of my Sky Mirror.

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27 – Character Development

So from previous post, I figured out what kind of character that i wanted to portray in my animation.

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Synopsis of Lin, the main character of the animation. 

 

I designed him to be a lonely adult that worked in the city. Since i want to portray the loneliness and helpless in the animation, a triangular character made him looks unstable and thin body line can show a bit of his frustration and suffering in the working environment, even the city are full of crowds.

I named him as Lin, cause Lin have the same pronunciation of zero in Chinese, which also a circle shape that fits with my animation title “Loop”.

 

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Character Design of Lin.

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Colour Scheme of Lin.

 

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Poses of Lin.

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Poses of Lin.

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Lin’s Expressions.

 

Parents of Lin will be in the film but most likely in Lin’s flashback, showing his missing home feels and enhance more of his loneliness that staying alone in the city.

For father’s design will goes to first one (left one), mother’s design same goes to first one (right two)

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Lin’s Parents.

26 – Character Development

I sketched some characters for my animation, i wanted my animation protagonist to be a tiny and slim working adult to represent how exhausted and how struggling he was in the city.

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I was designing the first one and my lecturer suggested that it wasn’t suit with my background and my story, because his eyes are too big. Then i designed characters based on shapes, and finally i decided to a slim, tall and triangular character like the 4th character.

My lecturer also asked me to look for more references, like this one:

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It has fine lines and grey tones that i wanted to try out for this animation, and yeah I got the idea of the character designs for my character.

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Then i experimented triangular shapes characters and here i still goes with my first design, because other designs arent suitable and fit with my world concepts.

 

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But i still not satisfied with my protagonist faces, so I designed and tried on more types of the character developments. And lastly i decided with the last face but make the mouth to be flatter , because my animation cannot have too active curve lines but more straight and unstable lines.

25 – Concept Sketches 02

Concept01So after discussion with the lecturers, I decided to go on with first idea which is Soul of the Sea.

Then I blocked out and brainstorming with more sketches and composition to show the loneliness of the character, some of the frames do not tell and present the strong feeling of the loneliness so I am not going to use them.

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The 8th frame is not usable, because the running scene in the city doesnt show he is lonely and struggling at all, same goes to 7th frame.

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All these can be my storyboard and compositions but i’m still considering which one i am going to use and which one is not usable.

One of my lecturer suggested me to put more symbolism to enhance the story and the scene. and yes I can continue working on my storyboard and character designs!

 

24 – Concept Sketches

Based on last post that i created, I made some sketches based on each story that i wanted to do.

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Soul of the Sea

I wanted to show the loneliness of the character when he was being abandoned based on the original text.

 

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Aladdin

Based on Aladdin main character made 3 wishes after he found out the lamp. But what i wanted to do is the exact same thing but the protagonist had to pay something (deal) with the lamp aka demon, if he never do that karma will come to him and he will be dead in the end of the film.

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A Reason to Live (NieR:Automata)

This was based on one of the picture book in the game NieR:Automata, basically it was talking about how and why the machines stay alive in the world there’s no more humanity. Each of the machines has something to protect and something to treasure on.

23 – Adaptation of Stories into Animation

New semester new assignments *dead

For this semester’s studio practice, we have to make an animation adaptation from either a poetry or a short story.

So i came up with 3 pitches, and here’s the slides of my presentations.

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I’m challenging myself on doing emotion animation, because this story is about an abandoned teenage that feel lonely, and missed his family.

 

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For this pitch, i referenced on Aladdin, protagonist got a lamp and make wishes to get what they want. I want to tell audiences that nothing is free in this world, so there’s some karma if you don’t pay for your wishes.

 

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I referred on Nier: Automata game picture book, talking about machines which have feelings but humans are not allow them to have emotions.

22 – Show Reel 2017

 

 

I finally updated my show reel !

Through out these three years I had improved a lot and looked at my artworks back then i feel like disgusted because of my ugly art style, but at the same time I’m proud of myself!

For the next two years of continuing Degree year of Animation in Lasalle, I have to work more harder and harder!!

21 – FINAL ANIMATION and Reflection

So yeah i actually finished the animation before submission! *CHEERS

 

 

I’m kinda satisfied with the result!

For this project I challenged myself to adapt to new drawing and colouring styles, I was actually suffered at preproduction because I wanted to get everything right before I can fully focus on animations, but in the progress I did explored a lot of ways to draw backgrounds efficiently. This heart-warming kind animation really not what I have done before, rounded character designs and animate the slow tempo animation were different with my previous project, but it was a great experience for me. I have to worked more on the in between spacing and keep the volume as well when the animation keeps going.

19 – Post Production 02

 

For background music, I chose an original soundtrack from Ao no Exorsict

 

I changed the background music because I feel the new version is more suitable than the before one. And then I trimmed and edited the music in Adobe Audition.

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Before i exported everything, I added my tagline in my last scene. Then I exported the animations from TVPaint and compiled them into a composition with music and credits done.

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18 – Post Production 01

In my first scene, there will be a snowing to shows that she is studying overseas alone. For the snow animation, I’m generating in after effects.

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Original Video.

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Snowing Effect added.

 

It wasnt that hard to create the effect, but the hardest thing was the colour adjustment, because i wanted to show more on her loneliness overseas. At first I was fine with just putting a little bit lighting on, but then I decided to adjust the colour into a more cool colour for enhancing the loneliness.

 

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With Colour Stabilizer adjustment. .

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With Colour Balance adjustment.

 

Here’s the gif of the snowing effects:

 

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