We used to get Chinese from here all the time
This is a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Originally I was going to try this out in Flash with a simple grid system that I would set up with a few basic lines. It wasn’t a perfect system, but it worked halfway decently as long as I wasn’t doing anything to overly complex. After playing around with the Perspective Grid Tool in Illustrator, I decided to finally give this project a go.
Down on the corner, from where I had that internship in Chicago, there was a Chinese place that we’d always have the writer’s meetings at. I can’t say that I remember too much about those meetings anymore, but I do remember that it was the best Chinese food that I’ve ever had. I ended up picking that corner, partly because of that Chinese place and partly because there aren’t any interesting corners near where I currently live.
I would say that I enjoyed working on this as much as it drove me nuts. A lot of the tools in Illustrator don’t work in perspective. In other words, they do work inside the perspective grid, but they ignore it completely. This “quirk” of how certain tools ignore the perspective grid gave me no other choice than to draw out every single object in the scene.
The Complete History of the Teapot Factory Robot
When I first created these robots, the idea behind them was that they were going to be robots working in a teapot factory. The teapot factory came from an inside joke revolving around the teapot primitive shape in 3D Studio Max.
There were several different ideas for short animations featuring these robots and what they do while working at the teapot factory. Ideas ranged from a secret door in the factory that lead to a “teapot Shangri-La” to one of the robots trying to figure out where all the teapots go, only to find that they just go in one big loop. Due to time constraints, I was only able to complete one of them for the course.
The Teapot Factory Robot animation
The opening shot is of a robot walking past a conveyor belt with a bunch of teapots moving across it. Curious about the teapots, he picks one up one of the teapots to check it out. After a moment of looking the teapot over, he goes to set it back down, but here’s the problem: the spot for the teapot has already moved on.
No birds were harmed during this project
No, really, they weren’t harmed. All birds were stuffed and mounted prior to this project. It made working a bit easier since stuffed birds have a tendency to stay still. The real ones move around and fly away if you get to close.
All of these were for a Natural Forms class. We started with Birds because birds are “round”, and therefor easier to draw. The class itself focused on objects and things that were naturally formed in nature. Plants, logs, random animals that were stuffed and mounted besides birds.
The class also focused on various types of mediums. Pen and pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, and even a little wood carving. Some of these mediums turned out to work for me and I tend to not talk about the others.