Final Countdown – part 3

Hello, everyone! Continuing on with my final assignment, I would like to share what I’ve taken for the photography portion of my trans-media narrative:

The photography portion of the narrative serves to provide establishing shots for the story-proper, to help set the stage for where the story will take place. The protagonist is a witch, and so I wanted to take pictures that reflected the mystery and intrigue that often springs to mind when thinking of witches; the fact that it was cloudy and rainy when I took the exterior photos helps add to that aura.

I took pictures of the outside of our house, and close-up photos of the potted roses and one of the plants in my mother’s garden for the exterior shots. Like I mentioned, they serve as establishing shots (the shot of our house, in particular), but they also give a peek into some of what the protagonist might be up to, as the photos of the plants imply that she makes potions, at least from time to time.

I tried to pay attention to the various tips and tricks about photography that we learned about, the first week of class, such as the rule of threes, depth, and contrast, and I kept what I learned from the photoblitz we did, earlier in the semester, too. The photo of the garden features depth, with the plant in the foreground and the stone head under the glass dome in the background and out of focus; the house, garden, and roses are examples of contrast, with the dark house against the light sky, the light plant against the dark background, and the bright pink petals against the dark green leaves; I also tried to arrange my gemstones evenly so that there would be a sense of balance, in each photo.

I also took pictures of the rocks on my bedside table that I’ve collected over the past couple of years; I mentioned in a previous post that gemstones are often associated with magic and witchcraft, so I figured that the photos of my gemstones would help to drive that point a bit further–plus, the fact that the gemstone on the cover of the spell book is cut and faceted while the stones on my bedside table are raw makes the former appear more special and unique, at least in the eyes of the creature tries to steal it.

I probably won’t use every single photo I took, in this set, for my final project–I will be including the photos of the outside of our house and the garden, but I’ll most likely pick the best photo I took of the roses and of my gemstones, out of the several I took.

Final Countdown – part 2

Hello, everyone!  I am continuing to work on my final project, and now I would like to share with you the frames for the video portion of my narrative:

Because I don’t have the time or skill-set to do a fully animated sequence, this portion will feature just these frames edited together with sound in my video-editing software. I am currently in the process of recording dialogue and sound effects for the video, which will help to bring the frames to life.

The overall style of the frames has a fairly heavy anime-like influence to it; this style has pretty much been present in my artwork quite literally for years–since grade school, when I was first properly introduced to anime and manga. It’s most present in the very last frame, with the protagonist’s look of determination to pursue the creature who took her book, and in the second-to-last frame in the second set, with the more cartoonish, heavily simplified version of both the protagonist and the creature clinging to her book.

Just like with the cover design of the story, all of the images are colored in with pencil (although the image of the creature charging after the protagonist and her book will include background details drawn in in Autodesk Sketchbook), cropped using the photo editor function on my computer, and then I adjusted the lighting and saturation levels in MediBang.

The video portion of the narrative will serve to illustrate the catalyst of the rest of the story–the girl losing her book and her quest to get it back from the little creature. It will feature audio clips I found from freesound.org, royalty-free music I downloaded from filmstro.com, and lines I recorded myself on my computer, all of which will be edited together in Audacity.

I look forward to sharing it all with you, tomorrow.

Final Countdown – part 1

Hello, everyone!

I’ve begun working on my DS 106 final project. So far, I’ve completed a rough outline of what I want to do with my story, and how I want to tell it, and I’ve completed the cover design of the story.

I drew the cover and colored it in with colored pencils. Afterwards, I scanned the drawing onto my computer and changed the saturation and brightness in MediBang, and then added the text and “sparkle effects” in Autodesk Sketchbook. The cover embodies the design aspect of the multi-media assignment, and in designing it, I’ve attempted to capture the principles of balance, repetition, hierarchy, and color. The pictures shown above show my process in drawing and coloring the cover, excluding the final cover featuring the text and sparkle effects.

At first, I wanted to draw the cover and then color it in digitally, but I figured that that would take too long and I would run out of time to do everything else I needed to do, for this assignment. Then I thought about coloring in everything with colored pencils and then adding in a background digitally, but then I figured that that would look too sloppy, since traditional and digital art don’t normally mix that well together.

I didn’t know what exactly to draw on the cover of the book featured in the story (shown near the bottom of the design)–the book in question is a spell book, and I wanted its cover to reflect that, but I knew that I wanted to do more than just write “Spell Book” or just draw a moon or a star on the cover, so in the end I went with a gemstone. Gemstones tend to be associated with the mystical, so I felt that it was a good fit for a spell book.

The mist that is rising from the central character is also meant to be a magic aura of sorts, as a way of adding more to the background than just an empty, blue space and to add a sense of balance to the overall design, as well as to help reflect the fantasy nature of the story, as a whole. As it stands, it looks like regular mist, but like I mentioned before, the final cover design features a subtle sparkle-effect (which is really just small, white dots) that I added later in Autodesk Sketchbook.

I wanted the cover of the story reflect the general gist of it, while still providing some intrigue as to specific details about the story–i.e. that the story will involve a girl, a book, magic, and an imp-like being. I think I did a fairly good job of that.

Anyway, I look forward to showing you the final product (along with the rest of my project)!

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