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Old 11 November 2008   #1
Steampunk Myths and Legends Entry: Adam T.S. Cohen

Adam T.S. Cohen is entered in the "Steampunk Myths and Legends" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Finished Video: George and the Steam Dragon
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Old 11 November 2008   #2
Hello everyone,
I'm not sure if I'm biting off a bit more than I can chew with this entry, but I might as well shoot for the stars...

I've been meditating on this topic since it was announced a few days ago and think that I'm going to do something loosely based on Norse mythology, particularly with regards to Dragons. I was thinking of incorporating some ideas based on Nidhoggr, Yggdrasil, and Ragnarok.

I've done a few sketches and will post them tomorrow once they're scanned.

For now, for a taste of what I have in mind, here is a planned voice-over to play at the beginning of the faux movie trailer:

'Not too long ago, someone asked me whether I believed in dragons...
Who would have known that now I need to kill one in order to prevent the apocalypse.'
 
Old 11 November 2008   #3
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Rough Sketches / Storyboards - Part 1



First part of the rough sketches / storyboards.
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Old 11 November 2008   #4
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Rough Sketches / Storyboards - Part 2



Part two of my initial rough sketches / storyboards.
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Old 11 November 2008   #5
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Nidhogg Concept Art



Steampunk Nidhogg Concept Art
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Old 11 November 2008   #6
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Concept Art - Characters 01



Character concept art. Might need to be a bit more steam-punk-ified, but I'm still getting geared up. The astronaut will look more steampunkish once his suit is bronzed.
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Old 12 December 2008   #7
Work In Progress: Matte Plate for opening shot



The plate I intend to use to make a digital matte for the opening shot. A photo I took in Japan.
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Old 12 December 2008   #8
Work In Progress: Digital Matte opening shot -- Sketch



Just sketching in some details now. I'm going to put together an animatic to get the timing right before I get serious about the modelling/animation.
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Old 12 December 2008   #9
Smile Status Update

Good news! As of next Tuesday, I will finally be able to start putting more attention towards this. My next step is to start putting together an animatic to get the overall look and timing right.

This challenge will be a bit of a learning exercise for me. I have some experience with 2 and 3-d art, but this will be the first time I will be using Blender specifically, and the first time I'll be trying any 2d animation.

In the mean time, I'm still trying to overcome some Color Management issues. If anyone here can help at all, it would be greatly appreciated! My issue: CGThread plea for help.

-Adam
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Old 12 December 2008   #10
Alright, so I've decided that I need to simplify my idea(s) a bit for this challenge, so I am keeping the dragon and going with a straight steampunk dragon fight (St. George and the dragon-esque).

I've been learning Blender for the last few days, and have started making one of the models. As far as I can plan at this point, I will need to model:
-dragon
-landscape
-housing for the dragon
-steam-hover bike for protagonist :P

I'll post a render from the bike model now...
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Old 12 December 2008   #11
Work In Progress: Steampunk hover bike --> initial modeling



After rethinking and simplifying my concept, and going with a steampunk dragon fight idea, here is the protagonist's 'horse': a steampunk hoverbike...
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Old 12 December 2008   #12
After reading/learning blender for the past few days, the bike above (obviously unfinished) is my FIRST model made in the program. I have a bit of prior 3d knowledge, but not in blender. Go easy!
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Old 12 December 2008   #13
Work In Progress: Steampunk Dragon WIP



Steampunk dragon modeling begun - only my second model made in Blender! (go easy). Should look good once I actually get into details :)
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Old 12 December 2008   #14
Work In Progress: Update - bike & facility



Update from today's work: added a bit of detail to the bike and built the basic interior for the facility the dragon will be housed in (will be used from my v1 storyboards).
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Old 12 December 2008   #15
Work In Progress: Research Facility



Started the set exterior where the fight will take place. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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