Monday, 30 November 2015

'The Shining 1980' Mundane Madness 30/11/2015

Fig 1: 'The Shining 1980' Poster
This film review will focus on how the father, the mother and the son are portrayed as a hierarchy, the hotel's influence on its inhabitance and the designs of the sets in the film. The film was made in 1980, was directed by Stanley Kubrick and Roy Walker was the art director. The Shining is one of the most recognisable, if not the most recognisable horror films of all time, the acting for the film was brutal and the acting was so real that at times it could make you feel a little ill "In accordance with the Kubrick legend, the process of making the movie took meticulousness to staggering levels — Shelley Duvall was reputedly forced to do no less than 127 takes of one scene; Nicholson was force fed endless cheese sandwiches (which he loathes) to generate a sense of inner revulsion, and the recent invention of the Steadicam (by Garret Brown) fuelled Kubrick's obsessive quest for perfection. The result is gloriously precision-made." (Ian Nathan. 2012).

Fig 2: Jack Torrance
Each character in the film has a very symbolic role, Jack Torrance is this dominant, father authority figure, Wendy Torrance is the gentle, reassuring mother figure and Danny Torrance is a symbol of Purity, knowledge and growth. At the start of the film we can see that Jack has a huge amount of power over the other two but ultimately can be moved emotionally and mentally by the the other two. At one point he even has his breakfast in bed and the way he takes it from her is so rude, almost as if its nothing gives him this power that he can do whatever he likes, its almost as if he is some sort of king. As the film progresses we can see slowly he begins to change, when he first applies for the job he is this calm, cool collective guy, but by the end of the film he is a deranged maniac. "The man in question is Jack (Jack Nicholson), possibly an alcoholic and certainly a would-be writer who signs on as winter caretaker of a resort hotel in the Colorado Rockies in order to work on the book that will finally lift him out of the ruck. With him are his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). And they are alone, with the hotel’s memories, which include a previous caretaker who killed himself after chopping up his wife and children." (Derek Malcolm. 2014) The theory of him being some sort of king is reinforced by one scene, the scene of when he looks down the model of the maze. The maze is dead straight and symmetrical all around, a little bit like a chess board, Wendy and Danny are these two pieces on this massive chessboard but only the wielder can move the pawns, the wielder being Jack. However when confronted with being truth and questions that go against his authority he retaliates with terrifying actions, acting mad, insane, illogical but he still insists one one thing, that he is in the position of authority and he needs to do his job and live up to the responsibility of profit and trust. His main downfall is due to his ignorance of his power, when a king knows there is a problem he should listen to the feedback, adapt and moves on, when Jack is chasing Danny his ultimate downfall is his ignorance and the fact he is willing to do things his own way no matter the cost, anyone who who was a threat to him is dealt with severely, just like Dick Hallorann. Being reckless, aggressive and loyal behaviour is what made his downfall interesting, being consumed and blinded by responsibility, and fulfilling his promise to Stuart Ullman and staying loyal to his word. However whilst at the hotel he is also confronted by madness via isolation, he is given power by madness by being given a very aesthetically pleasing women to make love too, but is quickly and brutally reminded what madness truly is and what he has accepted into himself. He was a king of madness and his ultimate undoing was the madness he had succumb to, that is why that king was destined to fall and claimed as another victim to the hotel.

Fig 3: Wendy Torrance
Wendy is one of the more controversial characters in the film, the stereotype for women in the 1980's was that they were very weak, feeble and gentle people, whereas men were very strong, dominant and brave. The only other film that has had a very strong female protagonist at this point was 'Alien 1979' and that only came out a year before this. However the way Wendy acts is an odd mix of the two, for the majority of the film she is screaming and being absolutely terrified, however throughout the film she is always being the reassuring mother figure towards Danny. She is this lower associate towards Jack as well, like a servant. At the start of the film she is seen at home taking care of the child, what would have been expected from women in the 1980s, they stayed at home and did house work. When she is in the hotel one of the first scenes we see of her is her making breakfast in bed for this 'King', almost like a servant towards Jack. When she confronts Jack about the wellbeing of Danny she becomes terrified about not what might happen to her but has happened to Jack, being with someone for so long and then he immediately changes into this completely different character, even when Jack is shouting and screaming at her she makes no attempt to run but backs away slowly, like Jack is some deranged maddened animal. The most interesting scene that Wendy has to offer though by far is the bathroom scene, she attempts to retreat into the bathroom and in doing so blocks herself in, she makes no attempt to physically retaliate but instead makes her priority 'Get Danny out of harms way', a task she would have been given ever since Danny's birth. She tries to get out of the window after Danny but to no avail, then Jack starts chopping down the door and she immediately switches from this loving mother figure into a petrified little girl, this time no being terrified that Jack has changed immensely but that is about to be diced in two by an axe wielded by her other half.

Fig 4: Danny Torrance
Danny is the most human character in the film, everyone else seems to be very edge and have something to hide, Danny on the other hand is only a child and has not been exposed to any large amount of mental trauma, up until now. So Jack is the King, Wendy is the Servant, so then who is Danny? He is someone who still needs to grow, his two parents are the one who have an immense amount of knowledge to give, but first must be unlocked and understood. Danny is a symbol of innocence and growth, this is shown a number of time throughout the film, however the easiest scene to spot this in is the scene where Jack is chasing down Danny in the maze. As Danny leaves a trail of footprints in the snow Jack uses the footprints to follow him, when Danny gets to the centre of the maze he carefully steps backward into his previous footsteps, covers them up and jumps to the side so its as if he has vanished. Jack being consumed by madness he is very confused by where Danny is, he then resorts to stumbling around only to meet his demise to the harsh, freezing temperatures. His intelligence grows immensely due to the condition he is in and the challenges he faces, seeing dead bodies, discovering his secret power and his own parent trying to kill him. He gets used to seeing the bodied so it does not cloud his judgement, he uses his power to contact Dick and he outsmarts his own father, what's more interesting is now that the 'King' has fallen someone has to take his place. Danny being the one who took down his father is now given the responsibility of taking his place, Jack being overtaken by his own so, so you could say in a way that Jack has helped him, mentally adapt to the future and whatever lies ahead.

Fig 5: Overlook Hotel
The overlook hotel is the final piece of this massive puzzle, in fact the mansion plays a much larger role than originally anticipated, the way its designed is masterful and once seen cannot be unseen. On the outside it looks very similar to the landscape, very dull boring colours that look like it has almost been there for hundreds of years. The inside however is very different, its filled with all sorts of vintage and modern colours. The equipment is state of the art and the whole hotel itself is huge, however the hotel is much more sinister than at first glance. The sheer amount of space means there is a lot of room, when you combine that with the fact there are only a few people living there and there is not to either hear or do its almost like living in solitary confident, which is know to drive people insane. On top of that they get snowed in heavily, meaning that they cannot leave the area for a long time, the only communication they have is a phone to the emergency services, other than that there is nothing. Once again there is the sheer size of the place, when Jack is writing on the typewriter it makes a very distinct clicking noise that could most likely get very annoying very quickly, this may be another reason a to why Jack goes insane, the only thing he can hear is this very sharp, intense clicking noise 24/7. There is no real reason as to why there are hallucinations all over the hotel but with analysis a reasonably accurate hypothesis can be made. "If Jack did indeed freeze to death in the labyrinth, of course his body was found -- and sooner rather than later, since Dick Hallorann alerted the forest rangers to serious trouble at the hotel. If Jack's body was not found, what happened to it? Was it never there? Was it absorbed into the past, and does that explain Jack's presence in that final photograph of a group of hotel partygoers in 1921?" (Roger Ebert. 2006) At the start of the film we see this door frame pouring out with blood for some reason and at the end we see a picture of all the employees of the hotel stating the picture was in 1921. The events we see in the film take place in 1980's, the theory that can be made from this is that by link the wave of blood, the year of the picture and the fact that Jack Torrance is in it is that that picture is a picture of all of the victims that the hotel has consumed over the years. I was said in the film that the hotel was build on ancient burial mounds so there could be some sort of spiritual influence there.


Malcolm, D. (2014) 2 October
'Stanley Kubrick’s the shining - review' In: The Guardian 2 October 2014
[online] At: 
(Accessed on 1.12.15)

Nathan, I (2012) 2 November
The Shining. (2012)
[online] At: 
(Accessed on 1.12.15)

Ebert, R (2006) 18 June
The shining movie review & film summary (1980).
[online] At: 

Image Biblography

Figure 1: The Shining Poster

Figure 2: Jack Torrance

Figure 3: Wendy Torrance

Figure 4: Danny Torrance

Figure 5: The Overlook Hotel

Maya Texture Experimentation: Outlines

This Gif is meant to be somewhat of a loading screen, just using textures to make the wireframe a little more bizarre, then altered in after effects, looped and turned into a GIF in Photoshop and it was done.

Might need to give this a little more pop, but for a test it works fine.

Comp Test: Ascend 30/11/2015

Final Image
I was just experimenting with some laws when painting, I need to get my skills up and this was quite nice, Having the entire area being this nice orange blue contrast then having this centre of attention point (The massive white orb) you get a sense of scale and direction when looking at this image. I would change the colour of the tree glow just because it does clash with the sun quite a lot but it came out pretty nice!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Flash Animation: Side Swing Kick 27/11/2015

Since I am having technical difficulty getting my life drawings onto blogger I have done an animation of someone kicking, the spin is real nice and maybe I will even come back to this and make it look better in the future.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Maya Tutorial: Scene Lighting 5 26/11/2015

Maya Tutorial Result
This is my final render for the Maya interior tutorial. I have brought the saturation and contrast up a little but overall it came out quite nice!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Maya Tutorial: Lighting Scene 4 24/11/2015

Maya Tutorial Result 1

Maya Tutorial Result 2
This is the night time lighting tutorial scene, there are two scenes actually, the first was my own Photoshop result not following the tutorial. I do like the top highlight but the second render just looks so much cleaner. Happy with my progress and hopefully the last one will be done today!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Maya Tutorial: Lighting Scene 3 23/11/2015

Maya Tutorial Result
This is my final image from the romantic lighting exercise, once again I have done this differently, I wanted to give a very warm feel to the image and I think I nailed that quite well. Lighting doesn't seem too difficult now so hopefully I will have picked up a couple traits how to light scenes.

Maya Tutorial: Lighting Scene 2 23/11/2015

Maya Tutorial Result
This is the final image of the lighting exercise, I didn't stick 100% with the tutorial but it still came out really nice, the green tint was no longer there either so that's good. I personally thing I could have given the sky a little more kick but it looks good.

Maya Tutorial: Lighting Scene 1 23/11/2015

Maya Tutorial Result
This is my final result form the Maya exercise on Digital McGuffin, I came out alright, the only thing I would fix it the green tint, I couldn't quite work out how to get rid of it but it only makes a small difference. I can see how this would be used in my 3D environment for my project and the effects that could be made from this method.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

'Repulsion 1965' If The Walls Could Talk, They'd Say Bad Things about that Girl... 22/11/2015

Figure 1: 'Repulsion' Poster
This film review will focus on how the main house reflects Carole's current status, how people around her are shown/portrayed and the art style of the film. The film was made in 1965, was directed by 'Roman Polanski' and the art director 'Seamus Flannery' was responsible for making the film look the way it looked. This film is described by many as one of Roman Polanski's best works, "It is one of Roman Polanski's most brilliant films: a deeply disturbing, horribly convincing psychological thriller that is also that rarest of things: a scary movie in which a woman is permitted to do the killing. Catherine Deneuve's glassy stare of anxiety dominates the movie" (Peter Bradshaw. 2013). The kind of mood the film gives off is one of fear, unknown, anxiety and danger, because the film is in black and white using colour for symbolism was not an option, however given the technical restraints the film uses symbolism in colour beautifully and efficiently.

Figure 2: Carole and the Landlord
The way people are represented in this film are very distinct, a large majority of the men in the film are dressed in this thick, black clothing, whilst women are usually in bold, white dresses. Having this very strong, dark colour gives off a sense of power and danger, having this on a large majority of the men is very interesting choice in terms of art direction. The darker colour is also very interesting because it represents corruption as well, notice before Helen has sex with Michael she is dressed up in white clothing, but in the morning she is in a bold, black gown. As as the film progresses the film seems to get a lot darker, showing that as the film progresses corruption slowly starts to set in. The amount of white used in the film is interesting, it appears to only be on the women for a majority of the film. The colour white being a symbol of purity and innocence would then be fitting for woman, however when Carole murders the two men, the colour white has a whole different meaning, even when she walks down the street in the film at points the scene gives off a sense of eeriness rather than innocence. Then when both bold black and pure white a merged together in a single scene is gives off this odd sense that you are in serious danger, but it is very difficult to detect how.

Figure 3: Carole
The character Carole is different from everyone else in the film, she appears to suffer from anxiety, social disorders, OCD, insomnia, depression or schizophrenia, however none of these conditions are verbally stated in the film, we are merely hinted at the fact she has something wrong with her. One condition she does suffer from in the film, as we move into the film is insanity, again this is not verbally stated but there is one condition that is hinted that she has, OCD. OCD is 'Obssesive Compulsive Disorder', a condition which drives a human being to where everything has to be ordered in a fashion which seems either perfect or appropriate. At the start of the film she seems to be tidy, neat and quiet, whereas at the end she is very disorganised, almost as if this OCD has 'Kept her in check'. Meanwhile she also appears to act very childlike, the way she moves, biting her nails, her speech towards other characters and even when she kills Colin its almost as if she is a little girl playing with a toy, it's only when she see's what she has done wrong that the harsh reality hits her. She also does something that is both childish and kinky which is biting her hair, it is a very odd thing to do in general, hair does not taste or feel very nice in the mouth so not only is it something that a kid would most likely do but it is also something that is classed as truly weird. As the film develops you can see Carole transform from one character to another, not just by her acting but by her physical appearance. At the start of the film she is this innocent young girl, at the end of the film she is this insane woman who has been consumed by her own issues. Even as the film progresses you can see her hair beginning to become very untidy and frizzled, showing that she is slowly cracking.

Figure 4: Wall Crack
The house and props in the film are also meant to be another visual example of Carole's mental state, before Helen leaves everything is fine. She acts like a mother/parental figure towards Carole giving Carole a sense of security and control. When she leaves the house that security and control is gone, she now has no boundaries or limits because no one is there to control her. As the film progresses you see that certain things change, for example the potatoes grow roots over time, the rabbit beings to rot and gain flies and the house becomes dirtier in general. The hallucinations in Carole's mind are then shown to us in the film, cracks in the walls, hands coming out of walls and rooms getting much bigger, are signs that something is wrong but it does not tell us what precisely is wrong. "When her sister and her sister's boyfriend engage in noisy sex, the sound echoes in her head until she begins to hallucinate, thinking the very walls are cracking around her. The film takes us right inside her head and keeps us there for most of its running time. It's a harder and harder place to be, as we are forced to share her trauma. When her sister and the boyfriend leave on holiday, she's left alone with nobody to shield her from the clamour of the wider world." (Jennie Kermode. 2010) The only things we learn she is afraid/repulsed by is any form of sexual engagement and people she cannot relate to. We know this from one scene in particular, when the hands start coming out of walls. Notice that when the hands come out they only do one thing, they grope her chest and try to touch her but never does one of them throw a punch or a slap, there would be no means of physical harm. Only one scene has her being physically harmed in her mind and that is the silent rape scene.

Figure 5: Man in the Mirror

Technically it is more than one scene but it is more of a build up sequence rather than separate scenes. Notice how in the rape scenes, there is no sound of any struggle, however we can see from the footage that this encounter is very violent. On the last rape scene of the film however Carole does something odd, she puts on lipstick? This doesn't really make any sense until you being to piece together the whole film, she had been raped multiple times, murdered two men and wreaked a home, she is putting the lipstick on, almost as if she is getting ready for a date. As gruesome as this sounds she is 'Getting ready to be raped'. She knows it is going to happen and is almost looking forward to it, she does not seem scared in the bed until the man shows up, after that she become terrified. It is never fully explained why she has this fear but there is a popular theory about the films ending. At the end of the film as Carole is carried away we see a family picture, but everyone is blacked out apart from two characters, the assumed father and Carole as a child. The theory is that the father raped Carole when she was a young girl and now she is mentally traumatised, it would explain why she fears what she fears and why she needs an authority figure with her a large portion of the time. "Carol's neuroses are never explained, but wherever they come from, they seem to have been with her for a while. The film ends as it begins, with a huge blurry close up, this time of the face of the child Carol in an old family photograph. Isolated, vacant, and staring into space. We're left to stare back, mesmerised, as we have been throughout the entire film." (Elaine Macintyre. N/A)


Bradshaw, P. (2013) 'Repulsion – review' 
In: The Guardian 3 January 2013 

Kermode, J. (2010) Repulsion (1965) 
movie review from eye for film. 
(Accessed on 22.11.15)

Macintyre, E. Repulsion (1965)
Cult classic film review: Repulsion. 

Image Biblography

Figure 1, 'Repulsion' Poster:

Figure 2, Carole and the Landlord:

Figure 3, Carole:

Figure 4, Wall Crack:

Figure 5, Man in the Mirror:

Friday, 20 November 2015

Flash Practise: Mr Woo Boo Animation

Mr Woo Boo Animation

MR Woo Boo has an abrupt awakening.

OGR 2.0 Gustodian

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Autodesk SketchBook Practise 20/11/2015

Tidal Wave with a Little Boat
Just wanted to practice with this software, it turns out there are a number of useful tools in this program, such as a perspective line tool (Which is super useful!) and the brushes smudge really nicely. The tidal wave was actually  an accident, I messed around with all the brushes and noticed that what I had made looked like a tidal wave! So I worked into it and I came up with this. Personally I really like this just because of the little boat and fish. They look like they are meant to be there and the entire picture just looks really happy, despite there being a tidal wave.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

OGR 2.0 Status 18/11/2015

Colour Composition for the OGR
The OGR is having some delays, it should be out tomorrow possibly later in the day but for those who are aware of the OGR deadline, it will either be up later in the day of the next day (20/11/2015)
Once again my apologies.

Project 2: Final Scene Shot and Inspirations 18/11/2015

Final Painting

Final Painting with Matte Outline
This is my final shot, you can see I am sticking to victor Moscoso's general design theme but there is a twist. This final shot is inspired by an event that happened in 1963, John Kennedys assassination. The scene you are looking at will be filled with posters, paper and general debris, however no-one is there as if something has happened. This being the case with the assassination, a huge event that altered America, but in the aftermath there is this huge shadow left from where he was gone. I hope in the 3D model I can capture the detail I am looking for in my building and make something 'Pop'.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Project 2: Building Orthographic 17/11/2015

This is an orthographic of one of my buildings, this image is not as much of a strain on the eyes so I decided to take a much more relaxed approach to my colors in this image. Victors work can really play with you mind and with this simplistic design it can be seen as different objects.

Monday, 16 November 2015

'Black Narcissus 1947' The Colourful Sins 11/11/2015

Fig 1 'Black Narcissus' Poster
This film review will focus on the uses of colour in this film, how the temple relates to temptation, how satanic themes are portrayed in the film and discussion about the films special effects. The film was made in 1947, was directed and produced by both                   'Michael Powell' and 'Emeric Pressburger' . "To attempt to film such a subtle, delicate story called for imagination, restraint and artistry in writing, directing and art direction. Emeric Pressburger’s screenplay was civilized, worldly, daring and obliquely discreet in conveying the gradual disintegration of the nuns’ psyches" (Ronald Haver. 1998).The film itself was very different for its time, focusing on 'Exotic Topics' such as insanity by seclusion and then having the production designer 'Alfred Junge' doing all of the symbolism so sneakily but very recognisable at the same time is absolutely genius.

Figure 2 'Black Narcissus' Bell Tower
Figure 3 'Black Narcissus' Bell Tower with no Effects
The special effects in 'Black Narcissus'  were extremely well done for their time, a lot of the special effects were done by miniatures (Metropolis) and Matte Paintings. The film is meant to be set in the Himalayas but the entire film was filmed in England, The co-directors created from Rumer Godden's novel an extraordinary melodrama of repressed love and Forsterian Englishness - or rather Irishness - coming unglued in the vertiginous landscape of South Asia." Peter Bradshaw. 2005) The way the effects are portrayed, the way the characters act and even what characters were chosen to be in the film were specifically chosen to give a sense of realism in the film. The symbolism behind some of the scenes as well are striking once realised, for example if you compare the beginning of the film with the end other the film you can clearly see that the being of the film has little to no colour, whereas at the end of the film there are many more vibrant colours on show. The general theme for the film is that vibrant colour is meant to represent sin, it is a very clever touch to the film as you do not recognise this unless done in detail. The best example that could be given is when one of the Nuns severely damages her hands with blisters from tiling soil. As the crop grows instead of it being Potatoes and Cabbages, it is instead pretty flowers showing that sin and temptation is beginning to creep in and waiver the nuns faith. The film was also in colour not black and white so you could say that there was not a lot of experience with colours in symbolism at this time due to technical limitations, so that fact they got this so perfectly correct is really astonishing.

Figure 4 'Black Narcissus' Monk
The monk in the film does only one thing in the film, meditates. We only see him a few times in the film but it is at those moments when do see him could have a lot more meaning than at first glance. Lets take the colour of his robes, they are orange, orange usually being a colour associated with determination, quite fitting to someone who is willing to stay rooted in one spot for years without movement or speech. However upon closer analysis there is a little more the monk, he is dressed in a particular shade of orange, dark brown orange. This colour can usually be related to deceit and distrust, now the fact that there is a man who sits atop a mountain all day would usually means he see's everything that goes on, including the events with the nuns and their arrival. Why is he sitting still? could it be out of fear as he knows what is about to happen? Or is it because he does not want to cause any harm to anyone else.

Figure 5 'Black Narcissus' Sister Ruth
Sister Ruth and Sister Clodagh are both extremely different characters and are very interesting to dive into about. On one side you have Sister Clodagh who was once a rich girl in love who became a Nun and left all of life's temptations behind to become pure. On the other side you have sister Ruth, a Nun who has given into the temptations of luxury and sexual desires, now she pays for sin by madness and death. First lets look at the colour of both of them, Sister Clodagh is this pure white colour, draped in silk robes almost like an angel. Also acting as somewhat of a mother towards the rest of the nuns she is the parental figure in this film and you can get a clear indication of this right away. She is the symbolic representation of purity, an angel to watch over others and a mother who will look after her own. Sister Ruth however is the opposite end of the spectrum, being a Nun having no attention so succumbs to the temptations of desire such as sex and luxury items. She is very different to most of the Nuns at the start of the film, being one of the only characters having blood on them could have foreshadowed what was happening to her. Slowly mentally decaying she begin to act much differently, gripping tables hard and always having this very devious and mischievous look on her face as if she can never be trusted. Then when she gets into full red clothing it is a dramatic transformation, almost as if she has been consumed by sin. Wearing this alluring red dress that makes her look stunning but at the same time you can tell something is not right with her, as if this beautiful exterior is hiding an ugly interior. She is a symbolic representation of sin, a devil who will bring down other and consume what she sees fit in order to get what she desires."It is Clodagh and Ruth who come to embody the film's mesmerizing conflict, becoming mirror images; extremes of human nature. Powell uses close-ups of both players to reveal Clodagh's uncertainty and Ruth's blind wantonness. Many have noted Kathleen Byron's portrayal of Ruth as over the top, but it never seems out of line with the film's mood, perhaps because her hostility feel right in sync with that of her environment's. The story's feel is remarkably consistent if not completely realistic. (Roger Ebert. 2010) So you can see how colour plays a big part in the film, the entire film is washed out until this moment where you are hit with this wall of colour and your not quite sure what to do.

Figure 6 'Black Narcissus' Mirror 1
Figure 7 'Black Narcissus' Mirror 2
Throughout the film the woman are tempted to give up their ways and embrace in their own desires, however there is one temptation that is in the film right from the beginning and is hinted throughout the entire film, sexual desires. One of the first hints at this is the temple, which is actually a brothel has paintings and props hinting towards its previous function throughout the film. Having mirrors in the shapes of human genitalia and and painting on the walls would have been pretty easy to spot once you have seen them. However there are small things put in place so that this desire never goes away, the best example that can be given is the bell. The bell can only be rung when a big rope is pulled downwards, it is also located right on the edge of a cliff and make such a loud empowering noise, when you take those factor and apply them to Sister Ruth you can see why she acts the way she does. Pulling down furiously on the rope, feeling the adrenaline from being on the edge of the cliff, the chills down the back of the spine from the sound of the bell and the physical work of pulling the rope could definitely lead to some sort of temptation. Even when Mr Dean rides away on a horse, spreading his legs wide and bouncing up and down, they are al small things but they would build up and drive some to temptation.


Haver, R. (1998) Black Narcissus. 
(Accessed on 17.11.15)

Ebert, R. (2010) ‘Black Narcissus,’ which electrified Scorsese | far Flungers. 
(Accessed on 17.11.15)
Bradshaw, P. (2005) 'Black Narcissus' In: The Guardian 5 August 2005
(Accessed on 17.11.15)

Image Biblography

Figure 1: Black Narcissus Poster

Figure 2: Black Narcissus Bell Tower

Figure 3: Black Narcissus Bell Tower (No Effects)

Figure 4: Black Narcissus Monk

Figure 5: Black Narcissus Sister Ruth

Figure 6: Black Narcissus Mirror 1

Figure 7: Black Narcissus Mirror 2

Project 2: Building Thumbnails/Concepts

Thumbnails 103-109
 These thumbnails were made using the models I created in Maya, using Victor Moscoso's artwork as a template to extrude from. Once the random models were made I started masking buildings in Photoshop.

Thumbnail 2 (104) Finalized
Thumbnail 3 (105)
I tried to use the color red to give a sense of danger, having everything in this very scary tone of reds and blues to capture an almost threatening atmosphere really adds to this scene.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Project 2: Thumbnails 81-102 12/11/2015

Thumbnail 81
Thumbnail 82

Thumbnail 83

Thumbnail 84

Thumbnail 85

Thumbnail 86
These thumbnails were abstracts, meant to give an idea of scope and scale, also trying the give a sense of vibration to thumbnails 81 & 84 really worked well.
Thumbnail 87
 Thumbnail 88
This thumbnail was an idea of colour picking, seeing what colour went well with each other or fitted the style of victors work. You can see which thumbnail colour mixes I prefer over one another.

Thumbnails 89-99
Thumbnails 89-99 were trying to get building shapes down, I used Victors images to generate some building structures, then mixed them with different colours. Personally I really like 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9.

Thumbnail 100-101
Thumbnail 102


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Gustodian Lamp Posts 12/11/2015

These are my lamp designs for my city, Victor did work for lots of music bands so I figured I should have some props related to music in the scene. Personally I really like this design as it does not look Modern nor Sci-Fi but this kind of Jolly, easily recognizable streetlamp. Really happy with how this came out.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Project 2: Design Influences 09/11/2015

Building Structures, Designs and Explanations

 The buildings in my city need to have a sense of realism to them but last the same time be able to relate to the design I am going for. Creating a "Tripping City" is a difficult challenge because when you trip everything tends to be moving, however most skyscrapers are usually standing still, and when they are moving they are usually falling down. Using textures to add depth to my building will be crucial because of what the city is meant to represent, having a drugs trip. Most of my building will be following a certain theme, 'Every building from the front will be very intimidating, having this massive black line down the centre almost as if it was looking down on you. As you move to the side of each building however it smooths out and become less hostile/intimidating.' The buildings models themselves will be basic shapes but will still be recognizable as buildings.

The Skybox/Matte Painting Concept

My matte painting will be a mix of modeling and Photoshop painting, having massive rainbow highways above you head that slightly shift depending on what is going on will be a good way to give the city life and get its general theme across. Having a hippy styled rainbow road in the sky would give a feeling of wonder, awe and slight confusion depending on how many roads I do. I don't want the roads to look futuristic or modern but very alive and busy. Also the fact the roads are translucent and made out of rainbows, make the roads almost dreamlike, therefore backing up the theme  I am going for.

Roads, Pavements and details on Buildings
The roads, pavements and building details are going to be tricky to do but I do have an idea for it. For the modeling I want to stay with reasonable low poly count up until final renders where I will bevel most of the city, So having this moving texture in the walls and details could bring a nice little life to my city. The details will most likely be moving, repeating patterns shown in this example ( 1:00 - 1:10) I looks really weird but gives so much detail at the same time, the way the images overlap each other make it both scary and intriguing.
The Peacock
The peacock is somewhat of an odd design choice, usually a peacock is associated with royalty and style. I was originally going to have a statue of a peacock made out of crystal but then I came up with a better idea, after looking at some peacock feather I noticed that some feathers are quite vibrant and beautiful. So I have had the idea of having a statue of not a peacock but a peacock tail inspired statue.
This will be the basic shape for the statue almost like some sort of pipe and have the layout of how a peacock lays out its feathers. They are also sometimes found on the costumes of some dancers to give a sense of thrilling and excitement. I will probably end up making this statue glow to give the statue (Hero Prop) some attention.

Mood Board Inspirations, the Pros and Cons

Image 1:
In image 1 I like the general atmosphere, forget that it is a very run down area but the angle is very nice, giving you a sense of size with that highway. I would personally put the highway up higher and make it skinnier so you can see more of the scene.

Image 2:
The Graffiti on the wall should give you a good idea of the detail I want on the walls, having designs where everything looks full of color and context would bring life into the city. I would not do the graffiti in the style of (Gangster Type Design) but more of a hippie bus design, where everything is smooth and not so jagged. Also while mentioning the walls I want to litter everywhere with posters and paper, to give the idea of something may be going on.

Image 3:
The level of busyness and detail in this image makes this area look like a city, not just some pile of junk. Also this shot is slightly like a shanty town, I don't want my city to look like a shanty town but I don't want it to look modern either.

Image 4:
The lights in the city look very pretty from a distance and serves a purpose up close. It also makes the sky a little brighter and not just a canvas covered up by sky roads. It needs to give not just the sky contrast but make it seeable but not the main focus of the picture.

Image 5:
The colors used here are quite nice, they are not too bold and would do nicely as small detailed material colors. I do not want to over use these kinds of colors however because they do look a little childish and this is meant to be a retro city, not a child's playground.

Image 6:
The rainbow is nice because it could give me more inspirations for the rainbow roads. They will be in the sky and therefore will follow some of the shapes of some rainbows, for example there are on 90 degree angles, everything will need to be curved but not too curve to make it look advanced.

Image 7:
This illusion can either make you eyes water or make you very confused, that is the feeling I want to get with the highways in the sky, the sheer amount of them should confuse you and make you try and work out which road goes where.

Image 8:
Image 8 is a slightly dark version of the color pallet I will use, also notice how smooth the image is, its almost as if you could imagine it flowing around like some sort of background, like aurora lights.  Giving small detail a sense of flowing and movement like this would be a nice touch to my environment.

Moscoso Image Study