Saturday, 26 March 2011

Macmillan photos of set/drawings

Below are some of the photos, where I played around with the light source in the dark.

The plan was to draw the scenes and add the animals over the top using photoshop but I am finding it difficult to make the images to work. I know from looking at the drawings of the jungle that the animals will get lost in its detail (it's sort of distracting too). From the tutorial yesterday I was advised to think about my rough storyboards and think about the brushstrokes that I make. I am going to try and draw the scenes again with the animals in them.

Macmillan Storyboard

These are the rough storyboards we had to have done at our 2nd meeting which was about 3 weeks ago,
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I really enjoyed making these, just coming up with different ways to represent a scene was good fun. A lot of the drawings I've created after this seem to lose the energy of these drawings and also I feel the need to fill up the page more.

Monday, 21 March 2011


I went to see a live broadcast of Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at Stratford Picturehouse, last Thursday. It was the first of two live broadcasts taking place all over the UK and internationally (as the poster says), and had Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Johnny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein. The second showing, on this Thursday, will have the actors swapping roles.

I enjoyed the play very much, though I had a bit of a problem with the music at first. It felt out of place in some places and very loud but that may have been because of the speakers in the cinema. There were a few unexpected moments, like the singing at the beginning and some funny moments too such as the Creatures conversations with the old man and some of the scenes with Elizabeth and Victor.The set was amazing too, as were the lights above the stage, they were used really well to show the heartbeat of the creature as it awoke.
I haven't commented on the narrative much, firstly because I don't want to give anything away though I probably have unintentionally. Secondly I can't really say if it was different to the novel as I haven't read it. I will do soon though.

Monday, 14 March 2011


Need more trees I think. I'm hoping to finish it before Thursday's Tutorial, or if not Saturday the latest.

London Zoo & Kew Gardens photos

For the Macmillan Competition, I'm going to be illustrating an Indian Folk tale about a rabbit who cleverly deceives a hungry lion.

Two weeks ago I visited London Zoo, but it was a really cold and rainy day and Lucifer the lion did not seem in the best of moods. He was the first Asiatic Lion at London Zoo and when he arrived he had an identification number(some sort of number) of 666, hence the name.
They introduced a Lioness and now they have a daughter, I think the daughter is called Ruby. I'm assuming the lion that seems to be very interested in the duck is the daughter, and the lion walking away is the mother.

Later on in the day, the Lioness decided it was time to kick Lucifer out his den, though this picture doesn't fully show what happened. Both mother and daughter just walked over to the den and tried to make space for themselves inside, shoving Lucifer in the process and just generally disturbing his peace.
 Mother and daughter then walked off with Lucifer just looking rather confused (probably not, but that's what his face says to me)
They'd walked off because it was tea time, this made me happy because it meant I could finally get some photos of Lucifer. No Lion can say no to food even if the weather is miserable.

I managed to visit all the areas of the zoo apart from the aquarium.

Last Tuesday I went to Kew Gardens, it was really good. I never liked going to Kew Gardens when I was younger, I think it may have been due to the long tube ride, it takes under an hour and a half to get there by just taking the District Line. I like to think that as you get older you tend to appreciate things more because when I walked into the Palm House I felt a strange sense of happiness, mixed in with nostalgia, or maybe it was to do with the oxygen levels.
Anyway back to the reason for going to Kew Gardens, I needed to find examples of plants and trees you'd find in an Indian jungle/forest (or in that sort of climate). I found a few and tried to take photos of the stem/bark, roots, leave and flowers.
 Here are a few photos:

I'm thinking about using the tree below as the basis for the big tree the animals gather under for their talk with the Lion. It's called a Peepul/Peepal/Pipal Tree and it's considered a sacred fig tree by Hindus and Bhuddist.

Below is the curry leaf tree, we have a small plant version of this in our porch, my mum is a keen gardener.

Some photos taken from the balcony in the Palm House

Big surprise of the day:

A roaming turkey made me jump too.