I have a new project I am working on involving a scarecrow. Here are some of the character concept art:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
About 6 months ago I started a brief animation of the 12 Olympians. I don't know if I will ever finish it, but here are some of the illustrated stills, to varying degree of polish:
Zeus with his lightning bolt. I think this is the first one I did and this served as a style frame for the rest of the piece.
Hera was a tough one. I didn't really know what to do with her: Aphrodite has her sexy body, Artemis can hunt, Athena has her owl, but Hera is just a stubborn, jealous queen. She isn't that interesting.
I don't think I did a very interesting take on Apollo. I added sunspots and that was about it.
Athena be all stoic and shit.
Aphrodite has been illustrated more than any other greek god, so I didn't do anything revolutionary with her, but I am happy with how she turned out. I wanted to make her sexy yet playful.
The Greek Gods are interesting because they are still archetypes that exist today, often petty and childish. It was easier to give some of them a unique personality over others.
I have a print of Lou Romano's Poseidon hanging on my wall, which is what inspired this project in the first place. I wanted to do something in the spirit of his work, but not necessarily in the style of it.
Demeter is the most recent one I did, and her grains need some work, they are a little too clean.
I never really knew what to do with Hermes. I wanted to animate him running, but to where? and why? and would his penis swing with each stride?
Actually, all of the characters were illustrated sans clothes (see examples below). I wanted to emulate the epic, primitive innocence of the classic statues that they were cast in so long ago. It was also a way to get the whole architecture of the character. However, it just wasn't practical, especially when it came to their iconography, which got more detailed along the way. Like the iconography, the clothes added personality and character to those I felt did not need clothes (Poseidon, Aphrodite) for practical purposes, thereby separating them from those who did (the virgin Artemis). Plus, naked cartoons just looked kind of weird. Originally the depictions were even more simple and flat, like the end credits to The Incredibles. Maybe one day I will finish this, some of it is available in my demo reel.
Hera with some of the pointiest boobs. I think I was going for a queen of diamonds look.