Week 15 The chocolate mudcake edition
Leonie’s small blog island says hullo! (: Hullo friend!
Here goes another week all about colourful Rex, ovens and cakes.
Let’s go crazy! Journal Time!
- train adventuuuures! (aka creeping on other people to draw them via ninja stealth mission)
- CwR (Cooking with Rex) Rex feedback: Heath seemed pretty happy with the Rex concepts so far during the feedback dailies! Belated hooray from a tired me (:
- CwR Designs for oven prop: started making studies of ovens and honing down to a simple design
- Colours for camera shot: rough WIP colour script but then halted it as I couldn’t go any further
- Colour and pattern design for Rex: collating moodboards & trying to create a workflow to make colour tests/studies for Rex. Taken up all day to refine 5 different colour studies!
- train adventures again
- Colour design for Rex feedback: in terms of choosing between the 5 choices, got feedback at first from Will, Victor and Heath but then had to work on getting the one basic colour script together to see which Rex colours fit the environment overall. Verdict from Heath’s, Callan‘s and Chris’ feedback: the pinklish-violet colours (Number 5) won in the end! I’m glad that my one of my favourite studies were chosen as it makes Rex pop out from the rest of the scene.
- material and colour studies for the oven
- Had to edit a video for something in Premiere
- Material studies and final perspective view on oven: I learned how the patterns of shattered glass works when I made the damaged version!
- Studies and thumbnail designs for the perfect chocolate mudcake
- Got feedback from Will on the cake studies: he recommended for cake
number 28 to be developed further with some elements of number 2
- Train adventures:
- Attended my first sketch group ever: awkwardly said hello in person to Darren Yeow, Kristy Prause and Yangtian Li and some others, all of whom I didn’t actually get to talk too much due to reasons. However, I talked with Helen Cham and Kenny whilst sketching.
I hope to meet and talk to more people next time!! If you know me well enough in person, I usually go quiet and enter “listening mode” during large group conversations but it was wonderful to meet some like-minded people who aim to do the same things like me. It was fun and refreshing to go the the Botanical Gardens to draw crazy plant-life (even when I’m born and raised here, I’m a real hermit and shamefully I’ve never been out much around Melbourne to explore it! It was great to take a break outside of my hermit fortress and do something I’m interested in.). I’m really unfit so in my case, so I got a lot of exercise on top of it. I really welcomed this going out to do arty things and socialising with like-minded people and I felt like I got a tiny bit of a meaningful social life during this brief time. Overall, it was great and can’t wait for the next one! (:
For those who aren’t sure about what sketch groups are, it’s essentially made up of quiet periods of time life drawing things at the designated place. So irrespective of where in the world you live, I recommend that you either go by yourself or with a like-minded friend or even invite a bunch of your art friends, to form a small sketch group of your own. Then find an interesting public place or wherever you’d like to study and draw, then commence drawing (and eat things and share drawings if you’re with company). You may even find existing open sketch group communities online but according to Kenny, they halve in the number of attendees after each consecutive meetup until the very few dedicated remain. I’m only speculating but it might be because people can’t keep it up and are too busy with their schedules, got over the novelty of the process, would rather draw whenever they want or people just can’t be bothered anymore.
Actually you can simply make anything you do a life drawing session anyway. This is similar to what I do with my train adventures! Of course it’s great drawing with the right kind of company but at minimum, you just need something to draw on and to draw with. (:
Here follows my sketching results:
- Design and material studies for the cake: I also did it in perspective view so I didn’t need to redraw it another time
- Concept for delicious mudcake: finally finished rendering it!
- Environment studies: based on Burning Safari, The Croods’ concept art but mostly based on the many photos I’ve collected from Google searches
- Attended a seminar and learned heaps about people’s experiences in creative business making and saw Darren and Kellie, Mitchell(?) and Jacinta though essentially I hung around Kristy for the most part! Was also really glad no one heard my stomach grumbling for food.
- Got a bit of train adventures in the afternoon and at the city as I got there 1 hour early! On the way back, I was shamelessly gobbling up my pre-made dinner so I didn’t do any train adventures shush.
- Environment studies continued: I’m beginning to think I am slowly enjoying drawing plant life more than I thought I ever would. As I draw, I am learning how there are countless amounts of variation in trees! The combinations and possibilities!! (Still characters are firstmost for me, mind you). You will see the studies next week; still in progress at the moment!
Reflection for the Week
Indeed, this has turned out to be a rather colourful post relative to the others!
Now looking back, this worklog/journal approach I’ve been doing since February is proving very beneficial for me. I wouldn’t have expected that I would draw/update so much now. If I wanted detailed feedback I’d need to ask the right people to get it elsewhere, but here I’m more actively drawing, independently reflecting and feeling the progress as the weeks go by and I feel this is a great place for me to learn, run free and experiment too. Consequently, I’m going to keep weekly blogging like I have been; it will be interesting to see how things are by next year and I welcome you to come along the ride with me! (:
In terms of learning, I keep feeling I need more time to do things. So much to do; so much wants/should dos so the guilt is always there (I haven’t forgotten about all the plans I hope to undertake!!). It might mean that I may speak of this guilt in many weeks to come. I’m blindly optimistic and am trying to do my best with the Cooking with Rex project (CwR), get that out of the way and squeeze in some time somehow. Either way, at least my sole focus is on learning, improving and practicing!
Phew, have fun with your week to come and thanks for looking! (:
Until next time, Leonie