Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Schedule for the sem

I plan to do a very detailed tree model and make a turntable for it.
Week 20th Sep to 26th Sep
Color Study ( 3 styles) on 1 or 3 concept sketches, watch modeling tutorials.

Basic modeling and overall design variations.
Week 27th Sep to 3rd Oct
Week 4th Oct to 10th Oct - Model tree, trunks, branches, rough face.

Detailing the model.
Week 11th Oct to 17th Oct
Week 18th to 24th Oct
Week 25th Oct to 31st Oct- - Add details to face, and add gnarls, knots etc on tree surface, pine cones, nest for hairstyle.

Week 1st Nov to 7th Nov
Week 7th to 14th Nov
Week 15th to 21st Nov - Model and design, leaves, foliage and make dress and tree canopy

Week 22nd to 28th Nov - plain color assignment for texturing.
Week 29th Nov to 5th Dec - Lighting,

Dec 6th, 7th, Rendering still frames at good angles, and a turntable.
Dec 8th - Presentation

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

References for Plant Dresses

References to Nest hair

I have been thinking of making the hair of the lady tree either of pinecones, or of a nest. Here are some references that I found online that I really liked. Clicking on the images will guide you to the originals.

References to a Lady Tree

Here are some visual references I found online, that I personally liked. Clicking on the thumbnail will guide you to the original images.

Form, Content, Method


The form of my project shall be a short animated film that shall be 30 seconds to a minute in length. The video shall showcase work rich in concept, character design, texture, lighting, and visual effects.


A few years ago I had been inspired to create a piece of art by an image of a tree that almost resembled a lady in its pose and form. My art concept was that a tree is a lady in love, who dresses up, dances, and feels beautiful and happy to welcome spring, her love. I have always had a desire to animate the concept since then. I embark to do that in this course.
The tree will be a barren being in the winter. Come spring there will be sunshine and bloom. Plants and foliage and vines growing around the tree that will make a pretty dress for her, and make her look like a beautiful lady. The tree will dance in joy.


I will first research analogies between a tree and a woman, and design my character so that it can be best visualized by most people who look at the form as a lady. I will model my design in 3D, and rig it so I can animate the dance. I will texture and light the model. I will research a means to show growing vines along desired direction, and incorporate that in my movie. I may use paint effects, or actual modeling and key framing, or L-shape generative, or heavy video compositing to achieve my result with the desired art direction and the time frame provided by the course.