I have started the first drafts of the characters designs, I have a couple of photos to go on for John, Bill and Fred. These are what I have come up so far. First up is my Grandad, John. He is being surprisingly difficult to draw atm. I never knew my Grandad when he was young so I have no refernces in my mind of what he looked like. but my older brother looks very much like him at his age. Next up is Bill, he has a boxy head shape and is a lot of fun to draw. Next is Fred, I
I have fianlly finished my thumbnails and coloured them too. I will now progess on to using post it notes and make larger and more refined verisons of these in the studio. Hopefully these can go on my wall later on. I think they tell the story I am trying to sell reasonably well. So I am looking forward to the future and seeing how the refined verisons come out.
Today I found a couple of useful images I can use to the uniforms that the crew members would have worn. I have created a quick and simple turnaround to go with this. Here is the turnaround finished too
My Grandad flew a lot of different planes during his lifetime, some of these were; Wellington, Liberators, Tigermoths, and Oxfords. I have spent a couple of days skecthing these planes and trying to understand how they look and work.
Having had Ravilious suggested to me as a wartime artist, I began researching him. His progression from the RCA to War is very interesting to me. As an artist who prefers watercolour above most else, I really enjoy his work. His brush strokes are definite like pencil and his compensation is always unique.
One of all time favourite animated films is Porco Rosso, I have always loved the way that Hayao Miyazaki animates planes and the sky. His love affair with aircrafts started around WW2, similarly to my Grandfather. I would like to bring the some aspects of Porco Rosso to my own film, mainly the immense clouds that cover the skies and the interesting angles that Ghibli animates the planes.
Dave McKean's graphic novel, Black Dog – The dreams of Paul Nash was suggested to me in the early stages of this project. It has been helpful to gauge the level of stylisation I could achieve in my own project. There a solid mixture of nightmarish illustrations and profound storytelling within the book and really enjoyed the colour choices McKean used for each stage of the narrative. I hope to take some inspiration from the surrealism of the dreamscapes he managed to create.
I have created some mood boards for the project. Some of my grandads photos, from both the war and afterwards. Next I found some inspo from several interesting artists. Such as Dave Mckean, Studio Ghibli and Eric Ravilious. Here are those boards (in order). Lastly, I have gathered a lot of info on the plane they flew, the Wellington. I will make some blog posts explaining why i chose the artists i did soon.