Thursday, 27 September 2012

Thumbails so far! Cinematic Spaces

My book titled provided was the adventure story "She: A history of adventure", A novel by H.Haggard in 1886.
It's based in South Africa, I don't really want to type out the whole jist of the story, but It's an old abandoned City, called Kor, which was not destroyed, but left, so it's not ruined, just over grown and such. I wanted to show how although there is no life in this city, the life is replaced by nature.

Most are absolute junk. But it's in chronological order so fun to see the progress, to me, at least!



  1. These are great! Compositionally I like 11 and 22. From an immersion point of view, i'm not sure the aerial view quite does the job because as a viewer I feel quite detached from the landscape, almost like flying over in a helicopter. Not to say a a higher up viewpoint couldn't work, but without a foreground to create a sense of depth, the scenes seem quite static. Perhaps try lowering the 'camera' on them?

    The detail and overall quality of the sketching is really pleasing. Good stuff!

  2. Now you say it, I really see it. Thanks for pointing it out, it really helps immersion into the scene! Didn't think much of it before. =)

  3. If you look at John Martin's work you'll see he often incorporates a high vantage point, but presented in a way which makes it seem as we're seeing the action and world from a person's point of view. It's very helpful for differentiating scale too.

  4. Hey Lucy, great stuff here!! I'm the same with Tom with numbers 2,11 and also 20. With the lowering camera stuff, I'm interested in seeing 1 and 20 what effect this may have- as an experiment? Also just a suggestion here but it would be good to see your influence maps too just to show the main points/ art styles/ inspiration you're focused on. :D Keep up the fab work!! :D

  5. Hey Lucy! You dark horse - one day, nothing - another day, lots of visual treats and eye-candy :) I'm pleased to 'meet' you in this respect - and trust me, don't leave it so long next time. I really like the underlying use of surface pattern in No 21 - gives a sense of ornament and sophistication in terms of this culture. Really like what's going in number 11 too - reminds me of the bold stylisation of Samurai Jack's worlds:

    I think the feedback above is salient; immersion makes mood, whereas 'helicopter shots' invite a more detached 'wowing' effect. It's hard to 'emotionalise' a bird's eye view - in film, shots like these are often used early simply to establish location and scale. Thumbnail 4 has an enticing composition, because you're lead into the image via the pronounced perspective. I really look forward to seeing your thinking develop...

    BUT - I do have a request to make of you: "hur hur hur" ? What is that? Can I suggest that you develop an informal, but professional 'voice' for your blogging self; keep it on message and keep it professional; you're work is sophisticated, "hur hur hur" much less so!

    Also - I want you to give a bit more thought to structuring your creative development: for example, there is nothing on here really about your actual book, or author; there is nothing on here in which you show your selection of extracts or details - indeed, your blog is a bit like switching over onto a programme halfway through without quite knowing what the point of it might be. Can you tidy up your sequencing a little bit and actually build somekind of context for your work - obviously using labels and 'Cinematic Spaces' project titles etc. is going to help.

    Ah yes - influence maps - as Joey pointed out - let's see your visual concept developing please - unpack your creative process exhaustively - it's all part of the assessment criteria after all (and that includes your film reviews - don't let them pile up otherwise they'll become a pointless mechanistic exercise).

    So - yes, some lovely expressive and confident work on here, but I want you to up the professionalism and presentation and I want you to kill off the 'kinda's and the 'hur hur hurs' - not great.

    1. Hi Phil, thank you for the very detailed help. I'm sorry for the lack of professionalism in this post. The samurai Jack scenery is beautiful, and interesting as I don't have much of a style of drawing developed yet.
      I don't think this post was late? I posted this post a week ago, before the majority of posts in the class, I just hadn't labeled the post. I will work on presenting my inspirations,I was hesitant to post in the first place and missed a lot of vital information. (though that's not an excuse, of course)

  6. Hey Lucy, I really like the variation in your marker tone , for instance Number 22 - and I can see a progress from number 1 onwards