Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Heavens Hell Art Style

Heavens Hell
Anthony Jones Art

After browsing Concept Art World I found the art of Anthony Jones that I had previously discovered back in the first year. His feminine designs in crazy outfits is a style that we as a group could manipulate and use as an influence.

Coraline & American Horror Story

American Horror Story
Freakshow Posters & Trailer

Freak Show posters that have very different appearances. After Phil linked the American Horror Story trailer, I believe that our idea could grow to become even more creepy and darker than we imagined.

The Other Mother

As we have ideas for a half woman half spider as our main character, 'The Other Mother' from 'Coraline' is a strong influence towards a very creepy, bug like figure that we could aim towards.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Fun Group Logo Designs

Quick 'Voodoo' Logo Designs

In my spare time I have created a few logo designs for my group. We called ourselves 'Voodoo' - and even though we currently have a design by Livi, I felt like contributing to the design process.

(Quick Influence Map)

I personally prefer the turquoise colours. :)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Further Development

New (Basic) Plot Idea
A 'Darker' Route

After having a group discussion today, our ideas turned towards a much darker side of a narrative based upon the pieces of linked inspiration. Our idea emerged from the ''... is more deadly than the male'' half of our saying and therefore we instantly thought of animals that are seen as more dominant and deadly than the male.

(The Tale of The Three Brothers Still Image)

Later we thought of a half spider (black widow) half human female character that could have been part of a freak show and how she has taken out revenge on her twisted keepers/ other male circus acts by creating her 'own' circus. Keeping men as slaves. Our narrative would be a poem spoken in a evil, feminine voice over, a poem about how any female cannot be tamed.

  • Black and White with hints of grubby circus colors of Red and Yellow.
  • Slightly more 2D than 3D effects.
  • Silhouettes.
  • Dramatic camera angles and effective lighting.


After a discussion today we decided we would like our animation to take a darker route- part freak show, part circus. Taking our quote "The female of the species..." (Not specific) we decided it would be fun if the men of our short were a genetically modified combination of different species- created by our woman character (more about her in a post to come!)

We are thinking Josef Mengele (The man who did genetic experiments on Jews in concentration camps during WW2 - http://www.mengele.dk/children/) meets classic late 19th century, early 20th century freak show.

Plans by Josef Mengele and twins he sewed together

Freak Show Exhibit

Thursday, 25 September 2014


"When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, 

    He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside. 
    But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail. 
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male."

Quote from Rudyard Kipling's The Female of The Species.

Still thinking of some ideas but came across this animation, Panda By ArtFX, the panda in the animation uses a painted texture that is bright and energetic. I thought of the opening paragraph to the poem when I saw this. Another animation that may be of help, as it shows the 
combination of human nature and animals. 
Even though it uses no CG, the narrative is well thought out and structured. Hopefully these help.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Art Style and Plot Ideas?

Potential Art Style & Plot Influences

Here are some of my ideas for style and plot influences for the group Narrative project. Bright, bold and memorable. I believe this could be a good starting point, as ''The female of the species...'' for example, are normally associated with pretty, femininity and attractiveness - yet I reckon this could be taken down with a plot twist - finishing with ''... is more deadly than the male!''

Another idea is mainly influenced by the Hearthstone trailer & Hybris; A voice over with a description - a poem or extract from something to tell a tale of not so ordinary female creatures. I believe this particular route gives us a great start for idea potentials, even the possibility of writing our own rhyming description about why females should never be trusted!

Group Blog: Name & Branding Ideas

After discussing potential names for our group Narrative project, the following names have stood out and have great branding potential. However things are not yet set in stone.

(Voodoodler's)    (Voodoo Productions)    (The Voodoo's)

Hopefully within the next few days branding designs will take place along with a name!