Hello everybody! I just finished the Prop Design class. I went with a set of objects meant for a character that is an alchemist and somewhat of a hermit. Their furniture is stuff they could make themselves, living in the woods. The lamp is a cross between a bonsai tree and a mushroom growing out of stone. The alchemist chiseled the stone out of the ground and polished the underneath side to resemble a pot, and left the top as the natural rock surface. Some mixture of elements stimulates the plant to emit bioluminescent light. Reading material is a book of alchemical recipes.
At first, I thought I had aimed way too high for my current skill level. The organic forms of the plant were really difficult and I found myself considering dropping it for something more rigid and easily defined. But I stuck with it and I ended up really liking what I came up with.
I really tried to focus on the perspective of the objects for this image. I wanted to test my ability to place objects at different angles and appear to believably rest on the same plane.
I am curious if anyone has suggestions on making an image with mostly dull, non-reflective textures pop a little more. It seems to me that adding highlights really seems to give some life to images, but my chosen subject matter didn't really call for it.
I am including my detail sketch of the lamp because it is easily the coolest sketch I've ever done and I just want to share. It has a lot more detail than the version in the final image.
Any feedback is much appreciated. I have thick skin, so don't hold back. 🙂
If anyone is interested, I can post the silhouettes/thumbnails as well.
Here's the finished (or so I hope) prop ensemble, using the lamp as the anchor prop; chair, table, mug, book.
For someone like myself, someone who doesn't have years of experience drawing and illustrating, and who, at times, still struggles with basic concepts such as perspective (you devilish fiend!!), some of these class assignments seem insurmountable at first. But one careful stylus line at a time, one patient brush stroke after another, the images take shape and, after a time, come to life. It's those small successes which motivate and encourage. Thanks SVS!
Any comments, constructive criticism, or suggestions are much appreciated.
@Griffin I looked back at mine and remembered I had a variety so this is how I laid mine out (below). Maybe it will help you also because I didn't want to snip off the edges of any of the work. Note these are digital and I don't work digital anymore. I love seeing these and what people choose.
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I think I tried to limit to 3-4 values which was tricky.
@Griffin If the assignment is composition and value try to find drawings "coloured in" not just line-based. I think if you find some really nice compositions in line work then use them for the composition part only. I suppose once you find work whether paintings or drawings and do the value study part, you could try and place what you learn value wise to the line drawing compositions to experiment. If you don't want to do that much work I'd stick to the homework more closely. I am sure you could find other line based work that has more values -graphic novels etc.
I very much enjoyed this class though I never completed it and struggled to apply it to my own work. I look forward to returning to it in the future.