This was was my very first film I worked on as a student in the University of Washington Animation Capstone. Two quarters were spent collaborating with amazing colleagues, consultants, teacher assistants and Barbara Mones as our director to produce this short film. What's amazing about this program and this short, is that it was made by a small group of students who come from various backgrounds and most not having experience in the animation pipeline at all. Students are taught about the animation pipeline in the fall and winter and spring term is spent working on the film.
Completed: Winter-Spring 2014
Course: Animation Capstone
Skills: Maya Autodesk
Role: Texture Artist
The style of the film is rendered with lambert materials and flat ambient light with no shadows. Then an occlusion shadow is composited on top of the beauty layer. Therefore, textures on characters and assets had to be painted with faux lighting (painted shadows, highlights, and spec).
Since we see Penny's Mom's face close up in the film, I wanted to make sure the textures were detailed enough to recognize facial expressions and for the character to look believable.
I used photoshop to paint directly onto the characters, since we didn't have programs like mudbox. It was a good tool.
Skydome Matte Paintings
To visually communicate that time was passing, I painted three different types of matte paintings for the different times of the day.
I was tasked to design different texture concepts of the main characters, Corruption and Gustav the goose.
I created a range of cool color pallets and added a warm color as an option, to see which would better represent the character.
He's not suppose to be human, and is very cold and deceptive.
Gustav was a bit tricky. Geese tend to be very dark along the neck and face and the director wanted to make sure the face was visible.
I made different types of iterations on his colors, ranging from light brown to dark brown.
I painted a few color scripts to establish the mood and lighting very different parts of the story. I visioned underwater to be clean and clear until corruption arrived. As time went on, the water would become mucky and dark as corruption lingered on beneath the surface.
Research // Studies at Seattle Aquarium
It took a lot of research to understand how light works under the water and required a trip to the aquarium to study how light interact with the water and how colors change with depth.