Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Sorry for the week of silence, i have had minimal energy and maximum stress due to the discovery of something rather unpleasant, and i have been of little use consequently.

Work has continued though, today i finished off a new version of the storyboard which i will transform into an animatic when i get the chance. Along side this, i have been looking at litter to populate Crab beach with. Might even pop a dog poo bin on the hill somewhere.

I shall be carrying on with design work this evening as i need to work on the shell interior and the mean crab. I really just want to get on with modelling the beach!!!

Hopefully i will have some stuff to post here soon.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Working sketches

Here are some more working sketches i've just scanned in. The most recent were the beach plants i did yesterday. Enjoy.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Beach layouts

One of the things i've been working on is the beach. Here are a few layouts, a birdseye view and a front fiew, and also my original concept sketch. Colours are not finalised.

I'll be looking into plants and other things to populate the beach now, as well as the character work.

Update: I came across this picture as i was searching for plant inspiration, and i really like the colours in it. I would like the beach to have the same colours in the daytime (maybe with slightly darker water) but would you believe this was taken of a Scottish beach?! Must have been a very good day...

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Character design sketches

So here are lots of wee sketches for character designs. I am happy with the crab at the mo, the first one was my initial shot (he turned out really gangly and war of the worldsy from the side) but i squished him down a bit lower and also did a few variations on him.

Also, after the peer review, people were keen on a starfish or a lobster to be the compadre. I prefer the idea of a lobster but the more i talk to people the more they want a starfish. Hence drawings of both. Here are my sketches anyway.

Here is a wee size comparisson too. Or something like that.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

I did some starfish

This one looks like space.

So i spruced up the blog

Do you like the new look? It's purple.

So what have i been up to since the completion of the Animatic?

Well on Monday we had our 3rd year peer reviews, and it didn't go badly. Nobody had any major issues with the story, but there were a few suggestions to think about, (some more serious than others!)
  • Getting rid of the cave and having the big shell sitting on the new beach
  • Making the story start at night and end in the daylight
  • Having the bad crabs beat him up and chuck him over the rocks instead
I also got one rather unnecessarily mean feedback form, but we shant go into that!

After the peer review i did some character designs for my wee crab. I will pop these up as soon as i get to a scanner, and also i have been putting some thought into whether i want a Lobster or Starfish as the companion. I personally think lobster, but people seem to like starfish. It changes every day in my poor head.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Animatic #836194

This probably looks awful on here, appologies if it does. After approximately 92 different versions of the animatic, i think this might just be the last one. I hope anyway, the line tester doesn't like me very much. It went a bit tempremental when it came to focusing and not going from extreme dark to light but just look past that...