Slight Change

After some deliberation and feedback from my friends and family I have decided not to model a professional kitchen but instead a home kitchen as due to time constraints modelling the professional kitchen would not have been feasible. I will be creating a new moodboard, some sketches and new concept art to support my new idea.

Today’s tasks will include, creating the poster for the presentation, moodboard, sketches and concept art for the new idea, and finish the storyboard. I have also been doing some testing with textures to see which method is the best and the quickest. I will post examples later on. 

Reference

To aid me with the modelling of the kitchen environment I decided to take some reference photos of the kitchen I work. I spoke to my manager and told him about my idea and he kindly granted me permission to take the photos.

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Concept Art

I have one more environment to design and I will have completed the concept art for my final year project. To design the environments I have used Photoshop. 

Techniques – I have used the pen tool to the line work and the brush tool for the painting. I have used different layers for different tasks, such as line work, colour, colour blending. The use of these techniques have allowed me to create what I believe to be a successful piece of concept art.

Concept Art  

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Slight Change

I have decided to change one of my environment ideas. I thought as I work as a chef, it would be a nice idea to model a kitchen as part of my showreel. I have designed a new moodboard for it and I am currently in the concept art stage. I have a few more sketches to do as well as finishing the storyboard. I can start the next stage of my project, the modelling.

Due to work commitments I am currently 1 week behind schedule, but will rectify this over the forthcoming week. I have also been experimenting with new software packages in order to learn the techniques required for me to complete this project which has taken a fair amount of time.

New MoodBoard (Kitchen)

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Design

The next stage of my project is the design phase. This will allow me to covey a visual representation of my idea. This will be achieved in the form of, mood-boards, designs, sketches, concept art and storyboard.  

Below are the moodboards I have created to support the environments I wish to create.

Environment 1 – Bus stop with news stand 

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Environment 2 – Ancient Market

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Environment 3 – Inside of a house

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I have also done some sketches in support of my idea. There will be more to follow alongside some concept art.

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Software and Hardware requirements

With the research and development part of the project completed the next step in my methodology is to research and acquire all the necessary software and hardware required to complete this project.

After some investigation I have concluded that I will utilize the following software packages:

  • Maya – will be used for the modelling, lighting and rendering part of the project
  • 3D Coat / Mudbox – will be used for any sculpting required
  • Mudbox / Mari – will be used for texturing
  • Photoshop – will be used for moodboard and concept art creation
  • Nuke – will be used for any compositing aspects
  • After Effects – will be use for editing and creation of the final artefact.
  • Microsoft Word – will be used to write the report

All the above software is provided by the university. Realising I did not have all the above software on my home computer I proceeded to downloading Maya and Mudbox 2014 from the Autodesk student  website. As for the other packages I will download the available free trials, and continue to work at the university when the trials expire. Having the same software at university and on my personal computer will not only allow me to work from home, but it will also avoid any compatibility issues.

With regards to hardware I believe the university computers to be equipped adequately with regards to the students needs. To keep up with the high demands and use of resources associated with 3D modelling and rendering, I have recently upgraded my home computer. I have purchased a new graphics card, and doubled my RAM capacity from 4GB to 8GB. I also have a powerful processor in place. Since the upgrade I have a noticed a considerably improvement in my machine.

Showreel Research

I have recently spent some time reading some articles on how to produce a professional showreel (timing, length, Do’s and Don’ts), and what employers look for.

This has provided me with invaluable information and allowed me to better understand the expectations of potential employers and how to deliver a professional piece of work.

I will implement this information when creating the final artefact as it will be used to break into the industry.

This information can be found by following the links below.

http://www.cinesite.com/podcasts/9

http://ifsstech.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/12-tips-for-an-effective-showreel/

http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/demo-reel-showreel-tips/

http://slickshowreels.co.uk/how_to_make_a_showreel/