Saturday, 23 August 2014

Vanquish sketch and talented videos

After our FATE session the other day we had fun talking about how the dramatic sequence we ended on would look as a comic cover for the next issue. We have lined up a titanic battle between us (Team Vanquish), F.A.T.E. agents (black copters and their jetpack guys), The Mob (thugs and their ex-japanese giant robots) and Dr Von Bat (Weaponised OMBAT suits). All of this over the fate of girl, the mystery girl...

This is a sketch I made for one such comic cover, it isnt at all what I intended actually and I was lazy and took shortcuts. I like some of the pieces of it but m not sure about the whole - that said I like the choronolapse video.

While we are here in a blog post, I thought I would call out the Comicbook Graphic Design site - inspiration in all directions. The piece that got me to the site is this wonderful robot drawing by Jake Parker (Missile Mouse etc).

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Division05 Videos

Over the last day or so I have really enjoyed the video series put up by Corey Smith over the last 10 months as Division05. His video series (which I really hope he continues for us) walks through a whole heap of design principles using examples and projects to illustrate concepts and the techniques to bring them out. The videos are literally overflowing with useful tips on how to do design work of various kinds in relations to motion graphics, video, graphic design etc from loose concepts around framing and colour to real detail around shot cutting and texture layers.

You basically have to watch these, they are compulsory!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Game of Thrones

Unlike much of the Aussie population I dont download TV of films and with Game of Thrones not being suitable (at all) for the kids I have been rather behind. I just caught up to the end of season 3 and George R R Martin's character slaying continues. True there are many characters and I did spend plenty of time nervously watching as at any moment another beloved character might bite the dust in some horrific way. Is it too much though? Will I stop liking characters as that will only mean more pain later when they fall??

The production values are astonishing for a TV series and the epic scope of events unfolding is breathtaking - truly a step above the pack. I would probably be terrible at GoT trivia as there are so many characters and so many names I am sure I am only keeping track of a small number of them. The story paints a bleak picture of the human condition on so many levels with honour, kindness, respect and compassion hard to find in this hard and violent world.

Here are the trailers for the first 4 seasons:

I am definitely looking forward to Season 4 as I have been inspired, shocked, troubles, scared, uplifted and more by the first 3.

We have the Games of Thrones board game in the group but this epic piece of nasty gaming hasnt hit our table yet - who knows maybe soon we will fill a gameday with backstabbing and more. Check the Shut Up and Sit Down Review for their (always amusing) take on the Fantasy Flight game.