Friday, 30 January 2015

Adaptation Part A: Infographic Designs

Title design:

Food designs 11/?:

Title art design, as previously mentioned I want to go for a "retro" look for this, so I looked at the colour schemes from the influences I posted before and also added a paper texture.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Adaptation Part B: Style Research

In my previous Part B post I decided that I wanted to go with the Japanese style painting for my character. After speaking with Alan I went away to look at how this style had been adapted to CG if at all. The first thing I thought of was Capcom's "Okami". It captures the essence of the traditional Japanese painting style incredibly well and in my opinion translated well to CG.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Adaptation Part A: Style Influence Map

I looked at fast food menu designs to reference for my infographic. I like the idea of a retro look for it so I collected a few examples.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Adaptation Part A: Further Idea Development

I was told to think about the combinations of fast food and make some quite hilariously extreme too. I researched into some bizarre combinations on the internet and I'm looking at doing 10 for the infographic; getting more and more ridiculous as it goes on.

Ice cream and fries
Pizza burger

Ramen burger

Kitkat pizza

I had a look at videos like Buzzfeed's and Epic Meal Time to give me ideas.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Film Review - World Animation: Paprika (2006)

Paprika (パプリカ) is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. It is Kon's fourth and final feature film before his death in 2010.
Kon and Seishi Minakami wrote the film's script, and Madhouse animated and produced the film alongside Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, which distributed it in Japan. The film's score was composed by Susumu Hirasawa.

Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio - Chiba, Tokita, and Shima - assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief's attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother.

Paprika has gorgeous animation throughout, especially the dream sequences that manages to capture the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind. The dreams in the movie burst with creative and unique visuals that make them incredible spectacles to watch. The story very smoothly weaves from sci-fi thriller, detective story, examinations of technology, and the nature of reality. 

CG Artists Toolkit Maya: Pipeline 2 - Modelling Part 1

Low Resolution Modelling:

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Adaptation Part A: Further Research

After my tutorial with Alan I needed to decide on what information it is that I wanted to get across with this infographic. It has been slightly difficult to pick, but I think that the piece of information people want to know most about when it comes to fast food is the calorie intake.

I researched a little bit into this to get an idea of the numbers. I also came across McDonald's nutrition facts to help my research further.


Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken and low-fat balsamic vinaigrette plus Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait; 375 calories, 9.5g fat (4g saturated)
Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap plus small french fries; 480 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated)

200sq_tacobell.jpgTaco Bell

Fresco Steak Burrito Supreme plus black beans; 430 calories, 10.5g fat (3g saturated)
Fresco Chicken Soft Taco plus Pintos 'n' Cheese; 330 calories, 10.5g fat (4g saturated)



200sq_dunkindonuts.jpgDunkin' Donuts

Egg White Veggie Wake-Up Wrap plus hash browns; 350 calories, 18g fat (4.5g saturated)
Tuna Salad Sandwich on an English muffin; 390 calories, 23g fat (3.5g saturated)


6" Subway Club on 9-Grain Wheat Bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, cucumbers, and Sweet Onion Sauce plus apple slices; 445 calories, 4.5g fat (1.5g saturated)
Oven Roasted Chicken Salad with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, olives, and cucumbers with honey-mustard dressing plus Yogurt Parfait; 400 calories, 6g fat (1.5g saturated)



Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box (hummus, grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and pita bread) plus a banana; 380 calories, 7g fat (1.2g saturated)
Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl (grilled chicken, black beans, roasted corn, jicama, tomatoes, feta, greens, and quinoa with chile vinaigrette) plus Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend; 450 calories, 15g fat (2.5g saturated)


3 Barbacoa (braised beef) Tacos on soft corn tortillas with lettuce and tomato salsa; 405 calories, 10g fat (2.5g saturated)
Vegetarian Burrito Bowl with brown rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, lettuce, and roasted chili-corn salsa; 385 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated)



Large Chili plus Garden Side Salad (no croutons) with fat-free French dressing 375 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich plus apple slices 440 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated)



Half Smoked Turkey Breast on Artisan Whole Grain Loaf plus Low-Fat Garden Vegetable with Pesto Soup (from the You Pick Two Menu); 320 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated)
Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad (no bacon) plus Baked Lays Potato Chips; 430 calories, 17g fat (2.5g saturated)


200sq_burgerking.jpgBurger King

Whopper Jr. (no mayo) plus Value-Sized Onion Rings; 410 calories, 18g fat (5.5g saturated)
Veggie Burger plus apple slices; 440 calories, 16g fat (2.5g saturated)



4 Hot Wings plus Sweet Kernel Corn; 380 calories, 16.5g fat (4g saturated)
Kentucky Grilled Chicken Breast plus mashed potatoes (without gravy) 310 calories; 10g fat (2.5g saturated)

10 More Low Calorie Fast Foods:

Burger King 4-piece Chicken Nuggets; 190 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated)
Chipotle Cheese Quesadilla (kids' size); 190 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated)
Dunkin' Donuts Cinnamon Cake Munchkins (two) ; 120 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated)
KFC Original Recipe Chicken Drumstick; 120 calories, 7g fat (1.5g saturated)
McDonald's Vanilla Soft-Serve Cone; 170 calories, 4.5g fat (3g saturated)
Panera Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey; 190 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated)
Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pop; 140 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated)
Subway Kids' Roast Beef Sandwich; 200 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated)
Taco Bell Cool RanchAd Doritos Locos Taco; 160 calories, 10g fat (3.5g saturated)
Wendy's Jr. Original Chocolate Frosty; 200 calories, 5g fat (3.5g saturated)

I also looked into how I want my infographic to look, and have been drawn towards making it look like a menu?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Adaptation Part B: Initial Ideas

One of the topics that I suggested to Alan that I was interested in was Japanese mythology. I felt like there was a good opportunity to be quite stylistic with this, so I went ahead and researched into ones that I liked. I want to focus on adapting a character for an animation for this project.

Yotsuya Kaidan (四谷怪談):
The story of Oiwa and Tamiya Iemon, is a tale of betrayal, murder and ghostly revenge. Arguably the most famous Japanese ghost story of all time.
Unscrupulous ronin Tamiya Iemon lies and kills to obtain the woman and future he desires, all the while feigning to be an upright and noble samurai. But when he causes the painful and sorrowful death of his once beloved wife Oiwa, her ghost vows justice and vengeance.

Oiwa is an onryō, a ghost who seeks vengeance. Her strong passion for revenge allows her to bridge the gap back to Earth. She shares most of the common traits of this style of Japanese ghost, including the white dress representing the burial kimono she would have worn, the long, ragged hair and white/indigo face that marks a ghost in kabuki theater.
There are specific traits to Oiwa that set her apart physically from other onryo. Most famous is her left eye, which droops down her face due to poison given her by Iemon. This feature is exaggerated in kabuki performances to give Oiwa a distinct appearance. She is often shown as partially bald, another effect of the poison.

Style influence from Ukiyo-e paintings and kamishibai (paper drama):

The way in which I would want to present the character is to be told descriptively and as a ghost story.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Film Review - World Animation: Mary and Max (2009)

"Mary and Max" is a 2009 Australian clay-animated black comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour HoffmanToni ColletteEric BanaBethany Whitmore, with narration by Barry Humphries.

Adam Elliot is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer and director based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over six-hundred film festivals and have received over one hundred awards, including an Oscar for "Harvie Krumpet".

Spanning 20 years and two continents, "Mary and Max" tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. As "Mary and Max" chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship's ups-and-downs.

A very funny yet bitter sweet clay animation by Adam Elliot who tells the stories of two very misunderstood characters in a unique way. The attention to detail is incredibly well done especially for Max's bleak environment in New York by presenting it in greyscale. The narrative presents the ideal about how our expectations and realities of someone or something never match up perfectly.

Adaptation Part A: The Periodic Table of Fast Food - Initial Ideas

After last weeks pitch and some research, I've decided to do my infographic on fast food. The idea I have is to categorise the foods by splitting them into food groups and tastes (sweet/salty/bitter/sour).

The food groups would represent the periods, and the taste as the groups in the periodic table.

So ideally I'd be looking at a 4x5 table.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Adaptation Part A: "The Periodic Table of..."

The title I picked out to do an infographic for was "The Periodic Table of..." and some topics I thought of were:

  • Videogames
  • Typefaces
  • American Presidents
  • Dogs
  • Harry Potter
  • Superheroes 
  • Disney Movies
  • Burgers
  • Instruments
  • Sports

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Character: "Core" Pitch

Character: "Core" Game Interface

The game is designed to be for iOS. The player will have a directional pad on the left hand side of the screen, and the combat icons on the right. In the top left hand corner is the player's health.
The health gauge is designed as V2's electromagnetic core.

The normal melee icon.

And an empty icon which is customizable with the abilities V2 learns as the game progresses. The player can pick and choose up to a maximum of 3 usable at one time. This allows the player to cater to their particular playing style.