Friday, 18 January 2008


To get more information and my own experience of the National Gallery I decided to visit it few times and just watch people,their reactions to pictures, to the space, talk with people employed there, go through library and literature.

Following brief, we have just 5 seconds time for each clip, which doesn't allowe any more complicated narrative. We can use gallery's logo, recent exhibitions, pictures from collection,.... 5 seconds!? Thats like nothing!

I decided for this brief, because it really intrigues me with its complexity. I would like to do something completely different and much more abstract as I have done till now.
I would like to experiment with different perspectives of modelling, art techniques and narrational approaches.

I have always been interested in character design and always just thought about it in simple terms: 2D charicature-funny 3D model, now I want to express more of my research into what animated chraracter really is, what is its essence. Basically anything can be understood as a character: spots on a map, colourful shapes, still life objects if we animate them, even letters if you give them proper psychology.

Now I want to go further, explore the complexity of form, trick the eye with 2D layers in 3D space. I am going to model objects in 3D space, but render them out s they look like flat cut-out objects (research of SHADERS in Maya and special RENDER set-ups). I want to do my own textures, not to use just simple photographs.


E-stings...these short very innovative logo commercals and idents for E4 Channel.

The explanation and a bit of history of National Gallery logo.

Creative Thought Facility was a graphic campaing who's aim was to use expressions inspired by pictures and use them in a creative way to express the identity of National Gallery and essence of art.

I found one of their creative works on my plactic bag, I was given in NG Library.

Life Death Passion Beauty....mmmm sounds interesting to connect with the pictures.

Im very interested in CG 3D animation which looks like old traditional 2D animation. Found some inetersting examples:

Tandem Films did a great film Flatword in 1997.

How To Cope With Death, 2002.

An interesting ussage of media and very artistic approach. I love the lighting here, but the story is slightly dodgy!

animated picture , Van Gogh's starry night

Radiohead music video:

example of 3D model, which looks like 2D

cut out animation

animated letters

animated idents, the most interesting animated logos and idents have MTV, BBC 2 and E4

Commissioned by EM Media to produce 11 animations to link their films together. The shorts that these animations will introduce involve the cream of new directorial talent in the UK. These animations will be shown around the world at all the major film festivals (Cannes, Sundance etc) as well as being distributed on DVD worldwide. EM Media has co-financed 12 feature films with ERDF finance. EM Media's feature investments include:Magicians, Intermedia Films 2006,Control, NorthSee 2006,This is England, Warp Films 2005,A Cock and Bull Story, Revolution Films 2005,Dead Man's Shoes, Warp Films 2004 andOnce Upon a Time in the Midlands, Slate Films, 2003.We were briefed to make it "Saul Bass" stylistically. We had just 2 weeks to make approx 4 minutes of animation, no small feat considering the "catch me if you can" title sequence took a team of 20 or so months and months. This is our first dabble at animation and hopefully this exposure will bring new work and we were happy to be working with one of the big players in british cinema.

Interesting compilation of real live action and 2D animation for MTV idents:

Manipulation by Tandem Films, 1991.

The Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
Oil on canvas92.1 x 73 cm.
This is one of four paintings of sunflowers dating from August and September 1888. Van Gogh intended to decorate Gauguin's room with these paintings in the so-called Yellow House that he rented in Arles in the South of France. He and Gauguin worked there together between October and December 1888. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in August 1888, 'I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won't surprise you when you know that what I'm at is the painting of some sunflowers. If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow. I am working at it every morning from sunrise on, for the flowers fade so quickly. I am now on the fourth picture of sunflowers. This fourth one is a bunch of 14 flowers ... it gives a singular effect.'The dying flowers are built up with thick brushstrokes (impasto). The impasto evokes the texture of the seed-heads. Van Gogh produced a replica of this painting in January 1889, and perhaps another one later in the year. The various versions and replicas remain much debated among Van Gogh scholars.

Animated self portraits of van Gogh, morphes:

"Ines in the Art Gallery" portrays the idea of my idea of NG clips. To do 3D models and place them in a simple 3D space. I don't think I would go for this kind of style this time.

blog references: this is my friends blog, he is a 3D artist, well experienced in 3D modeling and texturing. Maybe anybody finds any goos tips and links to tutorials and great animation websites (on right side).

Uros was also one of the main creators of Cafe and Cikorja project, one of our most beautiful 3D animations. great 3D character design and some good tips about how to create your own tools and brushes in Photoshop. how to outline drawings with Adobe Illustrator. loads of links to sites of good concept artists.

an excelent animation blog

absolutely adorable Slovenian animation blog (anmations nominated for Oscars)

Literature Research:

I did a lot of literature research and am reading about the history of the gallery now:

Im just reading this one about the whole history of the building and collection. Its quite interesting and very inspiring.

This publication is soleley about the architecture development.
Books about collection of NG:

Child books:

this one is quite interesting because it shows an imaginary interaction between child and elements on a painting.

My Sticker Art Gallery by Carole Armstrong and illustrated by Sarah Godwin This one I bought, because I found the little ilustrated figures, visiting the gallery, very interesting and I got an inspiration for creating my own visitors like paper cut-outs.


My PHOTO Reference:
It is not permitted to take photos inside gallery so I took photos of the exterior of the building, of visitors meeting in front of it, the slogans.

The building itself and Trafalgar Square in different parts of the day:

Fountain in front of the building and red slogans.

Trafalgar Square is like an island in the middle of london traffic sea. Its interesting to watch all this movement and vividnes of the scene.

Ajdin, pretending to be a coincidental I could take pics of others without their knowing!

from dating to family hahahaha...passion to life.

Loads of activitis going on there...form dating to breakdancing and skateboarding !

Trafalgar Square is more of a cultural space and meeting point for visitors than a tourist attraction.

Then I came to the Charing Cross tube station and I found these boards with commercials for the Gallery. I started to think of how important the Transport factilities are for such an institution and I thought that might be one of my short thopics for an ident.

The plan of streets around NG and close tube stations. The inspiration for animation.

1 comment:

Simon said...

Hey thanks for the props, i assumed you liked our little anims, it was jsut the two of us on a very tight deadline. We just did the whole shebang on after effects. Ill subscribe to this blog as Im just dipping my feet into maya now so this blog should help me a little. Seismik Si.