Observatory Room Interior- Final Renders


For this project I was given the contemporary style of home design. General contemporary rooms are created with mostly monotone colors, mainly being grays and whites, with some splashes of color used to pop out more so from the colors of the walls and floor. Contemporary rooms are mostly lit by natural lighting, having large windows and sliding glass doors. These were the main principles that I based the design of my observatory off of. I thought of a volcano observatory, but I wanted to take it a step further by putting the observatory inside the volcano, surrounded by magma and molten rock.

The good portions about my room are for one, the models. Everything looks like and is shaped like an actual piece of furniture, like the bookshelf and the books for instance look as if they could be placed in someones home where you can pick up and start reading a book. The lamp has a nice shape to it thanks to the curve tool My only problem is that I could have made them more detailed, mainly the couch since it doesn’t have many creases or seams to it.

This room has two pig problems with it. One of them is lighting. The magma is underneath, and there is an orange glow to the room, but it doesn’t look like the magma is the one casting that orange light. This is most likely due to the settings that the glass floor are on. The lighting from the lamp seems unrealistic and too yellow. The other problem with this image is the textures. Many of them don’t seem to fit the object, as well as seem too plain, such as the computers and their monitors. Even if they have good models, if the textures aren’ good it could turn out terribly.

Something that I have a hard time with, not just in Maya but in many other projects, are the use of space. If I am either drawing or modeling a room, it will generally seem like a room that someone could not live in, where the ceiling is too short, or a doorway is too small, or every object in the room are too close together to the point where someone could not walk through it. The problem with my observatory is the lack of space that is generally associated with contemporary design.


Reflection Critique

After presenting my work and explaining the imagery within it, my colleagues gave their input on what could have been improved upon within it.

The first thing they noticed was how the train was not looking like a train, and had outlines that were too defined for an object that was moving so fast. They suggested to add in either the end of the train or the beginning of the train, so it didn’t look like curved rectangles that went across the page. They also suggested to give the areas between the box cars of the train more space, as realistically they would not be so close together.

Someone else pointed out the details of the Donald Trump face, and how all the other faces lacked such detail, such as defined eyebrows and mouth shapes as well as lines to present wrinkles around the eyes. The super detailed face of Trump seemed to draw their attention to him, and the lack of such details in the other faces made the viewers pass over them.

In the image, I was wearing a sweatshirt that I wear almost everyday, as it is my favorite jacket. One person pointed out that it was missing the batman symbol that is placed in the middle. I felt that the image could go on without such a symbol, but the viewer disagreed, saying it would make the jacket more iconic if the symbol were there to begin with.

Figure Drawing: Reflection, Movement, Mind Drawing

For this project, I had to draw an image of my reflection in a window, and everything that was outside the window, having to include motion, and adding the things that crossed my mind as I drew it. Those things being space, a show called Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and politics.

I gave the image some asymmetrical balance by using the size of myself and the other two people in the background, contrasting each other in order to give the image some visual movement.

The object going through everyone’s head is a moving train. I curved the edges of the box cars to show the fast movement of the train, as well as adding multiple light arching lines, and lines with a descending weight to them, in order to show how fast the train was going.

The signs in the front of the image are the Japanese sign for menacing, which is heavily shown throughout Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. I heavily emphasized the outlines of the menacing symbols to not only draw the viewers attention to them, but to also emphasize the importance of the show to me, seeing as Jojo is my favorite show.

The face to the left is another image of Jojo, and the face to the right is current enacting president Donald Trump. The idea for using Trump came from overhearing a conversation about the current political situation. I used the two faces on each side to create a balancing act to add another layer to the image, as well as to fill in empty space that otherwise would have felt barren. I used the both of them facing each other to create a dynamic of reality against fiction, and having to choose which one I would rather go towards, whereas my placement shows that I lean towards the fictional side.

I shaded my face to contrast with the rest of the image. Not only because that is what I saw, but to add some depth and meaning to the menacing symbols that are scattered across the page.

Incorporating digital media into the image, I used Photoshop to crop and brighten the image in order to make it more visually accessible through the internet.

Illustrated Journal: Week 7- Day 2

What kind of behavior makes someone an artist?

An artist has to be committed to their work, making it the best they can. I do not feel that I am committed to my work. I feel a disconnect from most of the things that I do, and that creating certain things that do not interest me, I do not feel the drive to do them or complete them to the best of my ability.

My work flow is in complete solitude, while going through an information overload. I cannot be connected to anyone, I must be alone, whether physically or mentally, to do my work efficiently and quickly. At the same time, I need something playing in the background as I work, whether it be music or a podcast.

Canon Project- Character Sheet


In this time, no one had memories of the planet Earth. They hadn’t known of the green grass, the vast oceans, the wild forests, because no one has ever been there. They only knew Minerva. At first she was a barren home, small amounts of water, few mountains, but she was vast in deep yellow grassy fields. Those fields were as if the sun had lost a piece of itself, and landed onto Minerva, dressing her in the most beautiful gown she had ever seen. They felt as if they would go on forever, until humanity was knocking on her doorstep. Space travel had come radically far since the first landing on Earth’s Moon,  what came even faster was the creation of cities on Minerva’s surface. Eventually  Mega-cities popped up all over, some of the first to colonize the planet believed that the skyscrapers could reach the stars faster than any ship could. This sprouting of cities congregated people to them, and when where large crowds go, they need to be fed. The parts of Minerva that weren’t plowed and covered in metal were turned into farmland to feed the mechanical giants that were still expanding.

For many years, Minerva was at peace, until The Navy showed up. Even though they were human, The Navy was treated as a separate being by Minerva’s people. They were ruthless, war hungry, and had come to the colonials exclaiming that humanity has taken a different path, and that they would be led to prosperity through victory and conquer. The people of Minerva were hesitant, they didn’t want to give up their peace, but they accepted anyways, for they would never win a fight with how many gunships The Navy had brung on their grand entrance.

Thankfully for Minerva, The Navy would have come at the right moment, as years later, the first contact with alien life is made. That ended in bloodshed. Soon instead of buildings, the cities of Minerva were building ships in the coming defense of their planet. The Navy, who were not caught off guard when humanity was attacked, had already been planning for war, preparing everything necessary for a planet-wide draft to gain as many pilots as possible.

The Navy is strictly a space faring unit. They have little to no troops for ground operations, and are equipped for ship to ship combat only. Compared to the enemy, The Navy has less firepower, but what they lack in strength, they make up for in speed, having faster and more maneuverable ships.

Character Background

Even in his childhood, Cage was tall, undoubtably tall. Enough to pick him out in a crowd of 100 kids. His mother would always comment on how they’d need bigger doors when he got older (They did). Not only was Cage tall, but he was strong. Being born and raised on a farm away from the high rising cities was enough to build up quite a bit of muscle on the boy. By the time he was 18, he was plowing the fields more than he was spending time with his family. But sadly by the time he was 18, the draft was put into effect.

Cage’s family was very backwards, they were extremely distant from technology, so distant that they downgraded their farming equipment. Cage’s mom seems to think it was because his father lost his brother in an accident while harvesting grain in their youth. This distaste was put early into Cage’s head, but that didn’t stop The Navy from taking him away from his home, shoving him in a fighter and giving him the most barebones crash course on how to pilot the thing they could lawfully give. Cage was a natural. He learned how to fly faster than many other new recruits, yet he still hated it. He would have quit The Navy right from the start if only he had the option.

Cage was terrified of the new life he was thrown into. He never knew of the technologies that were now a part of his daily routine, he almost believed he was eating, drinking, and sleeping metal, it surrounded him. To cope, he took to smoking. He would almost go through a pack in two days or so, everyone would always see him with a cigarette in his mouth. Due to this immense amount of smoking, his lungs began to weaken, he became one of the few pilots to need a respirator when they were sent out. No one ever told him to stop, some even joined him, most everyone needed a way to adjust to their new lives.

Before the draft, Cage was a quiet young man, working from sunrise to sunset in order to keep his family living. After The Navy took him, he became even quieter, somewhat of a loner. At least on the farm he enjoyed himself, spending time with his family, taking care of them. But in the cramped quarters of a frigate ship, he couldn’t enjoy his mother’s dinner, he couldn’t play cards with his father after a long day of work. The only thing that followed him was his star gazing, but instead of searching through them on his roof, he was living amongst them in the stars, just a sky above his home.

Black and White

He is a farmer so I thought it right to make him muscular considering that small scale farmers like the character work from dawn to dusk using nothing but a couple tools and their bare hands. I wanted to show his rebellious nature, which is why he has a Mohawk and has a slight bump on his military uniform. He extensive use of a cigarette is used as a coping mechanism from a new life being thrusted upon him.

There is a lot of hatching and cross hatching used for shading, cross hatching especially around the area below the chin as to deepen the shadow. Lighter lines were used on his inner parts such as his collar and ribs, to show that they are more of an indentation than they are an outstanding feature of the suit. There are few lines used for clothes folds because it is a skin-tight suit, therefore having folds in only the most folding intensive parts of the body like the armpits and the crotch. To signify the cigarette was actively lit I made very light lines to express smoke, having more lines be closer to the cigarette and then spreading them out as they go up.


I used a system of heads to create the body of the character, like how many heads tall or wide he is.

From chin to bottom of pectorals= 1 head

From bottom of pectoral to belly button=1 head

Groin= 1/2 head

Arm= 2 heads

Hand=2/3 head

each segment of the leg= 1 1/2 head from top of the groin

Foot= 1 head long

Thigh Width= 2/3 head

Arm width= 1/3 head at the widest

Shoulder width= 2 heads

Full Color

The reasoning for the odd colorization on the suit was not so much to create a realistic suit for a young military recruit, but was more so calculated. The blue brings out the power of the pink areas, drawing your eye to the areas that are there to protect the character. To protect, they need power, and that is what the blue does to those areas. Heavy highlights and shading were used on the faces to give a sense of 3 dimensionality and lighting, that this character is not flat but has a curved surface that light bounces off and can cast a shadow on. Purple is an unusual color for hair, and is generally associated with royalty, however I thought of it as a color to show rebelliousness. It does not conform to the conventional red or blue tints, but is a mixture of the two. The black hair makes the purple stand out, giving it a sort of pop. Unlike the shadows, which are just a flat color, I lowered the opacity of the smoke, mainly to show that the smoke is not a solid substance but is a clear, see through gas.

Things I’ve learned from this is to always check your proportions, you can never be too safe when trying to stay on mark. Another thing is to scan images instead of taking pictures, it saves a lot of work and will make them look 10 times better.