The Conclusion of DayDream Project

DayDream is my one-year 3D animation project.It’s 3 minutes and 37 seconds long, and you can watch it here:

https://youtu.be/OmSRICdiZyQ

This animation includes three worlds, the real world, the surface layer dream world and the inner layer dream world. The Boy entered the surface layer dream worlds when he fell asleep. Something in the boy’s life becomes magical things in the first dream world. The boy’s pet turtle became a giant turtle island, and his fox toy became a lovely magic fox. The turtle helps the boy enter the inner layer of dream world  in search of the fox. In the second dream world, the boy turned into a line drawing. There are countless blue dots in the sky, which look like stars, but they are actually pieces of memory. In the second dream world, the boy sees the things belonging to the first dream world (mountains, trees, lakes, turtle island), which are also filled with blue dots —— The whole dream world is full of the boy’s memory. Finally, the boy found the fox in his inner dream — the fox toy that the boy had forgotten.

I try to add my understanding and imagination of dream and reality, consciousness and unconsciousness, and hidden magic into my stories. Maybe these ideas  are not clear enough in the animation, and I know that there are some problems in expression in my animation. However, I have thought a lot and learned a lot in this year’s project. I really appreciate the help from my two mentors Jeremy Baker and Gavrilo Gnatovich, and other teachers and classmates in MFA project. I hope my next project can be better.

The Difference of My characters in the dream world and the real world

My animation project  DayDream contains two dream worlds and one real world, and I try to make something different in these worlds.

First of all, My main character boy. The image of the boy in the real world is not very different from that in the dream world, but I have made some changes in the texture.

1. BOY

The boy in the real world looks more ordinary. I added some freckles on his face, hoping that he could look more ordinary and lovely. At the same time, his eye-lights are just natural reflection, which I hope can make the boy’s eyes look more real.

(This is just a preview, not a screenshot from the animation, but very close to the actual animation.)

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For the image of the boy in the first dream world, I made a bold attempt in color.

I tried to add some purple and blue dots to the boy’s hair and skin, hoping that these special colors would add some sense of magic to this world.At the same time, I used a white circle to show the light in the boy’s eyes, which I hope is more cartoonish.

 

 

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The second dream world is composed of dots and lines, which I will explain later.

But I was thinking that maybe I should make a bigger contrast of the boy’s image between real world and dream world, because I found that no one noticed the contrast between the images of boys in these two worlds.

2. FOX

The fox in the dream is actually a handmade fox toy in reality, so I chose floral cloth and brown buttons to make it, which are the material of a handmade toy in my memory.

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The fox in the dream world is a lovely fox with big ears. I used blue and red to make it look unusual. It was a magical fox.

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3. TURTLE

The real turtle is the boy’s pet turtle, I did not do very special design on it, just want it to look ordinary. But it had the same color and pattern as the turtle in dream world, and I kept his big eyes to show its loveliness.

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The turtle in the dream carried a piece of ground and a big tree on his back. He usually slept in the water, which made him look like an island. I made some designs on the his head, which has stone scales and horns, a raised chin. And the shape of the head is a triangle, which makes it less like an ordinary turtle but has some dragon features. I re-mapped the tree on the back of the turtle and now it looks even older. I also added some plants to enrich the island.

 

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4. OTHERS

I also added some yellow and blue dots on the distant mountains, hoping to add a sense of mystery to the dream world.

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5. VISUAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE THREE WORLDS

In the real world, I wanted to show more authenticity, so I added real wood texture, glass refraction, warm yellow light, tree shadows and other elements. But unfortunately the difference between the first dream world and real world is not great enough.

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The first dream world is the surface layer of dream. I want to pursue the sense of painting, so all the maps in this world are painted.

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The second dream world is the inner layer of dream, which is made up of lines and points and looks more abstract. I continue to use the blue color (which also appears many times in the first dream world), which I think is the color of magic and memory.

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New version of the storyboard

I delete a character and a scene in the new version and I also delete a clip of the boy playing with the fox. But the fox guides the boy all the way to the unknown place is the point that I want to keep.

3D Animation Project

Now it is the end of the semester!

This semester I finish my storyboard (Thank you God), and most of my character model. Though I change the story which I write in the beginning, but also love this new version.

Still, my character is a boy, a fox, a turtle, a peach fairy… I like my characters

You can find my storyboard in the link below:

and also my model:

If you want to hear my long-winded description of this story, you can read the following words.

My new 3D animation project this year (2018) is a story about a boy’s adventure in his dream world. The story happened on a boring afternoon, a boy got bored with his homework and began to wander off. He drew a picture on the turtle tank and imagined his pet turtle bear a big tree. To his surprise, he entered the dream world. The boy woke up on a strange island, leaning against a big tree, which was his turtle’s shell. Then the boy saw a beautiful fox, the boy was attracted by fox and chased it all the way. The adventure journey started.

 

The story contains two layers of dreams, and I used some fantasy elements in it. When the boy woke up from the island, he came to the first dream. This world was like a fairyland in a fairy tale: beautiful nature, soft sunshine, fantasy creatures…… In the first dream, the boy saw the huge turtle which looked like an island (The boy was woke up on this island). And in the same time, his subconscious told him it was his pet turtle though they looked so different. Familiar thing made the boy feel at ease. Then the boy saw a beautiful white fox. The fox was actually a fox doll made by his mother, but the boy did not realize it in his dream. However, he was still attracted by the fox, and decided to pursue it. In the boy’s subconscious, the fox doll is the treasure in his childhood, and in the dream, it became the target of the boy’s adventure journey. In the process of chasing the fox, the boy got help from the peach fairy. In reality, it was a peach tree in front of the boy’s window. The boy looked at it every day, and it accompanied the boy grew up. The boy followed the fox into a mountain, then he came to the second dream. This dream world was different from the first one. It was dark and endless. This space had some lights flashed like stars, which made the space looked like universe. This beautiful and mysterious space excited the boy, especially when the boy found himself can float in the air. The boy did not forget to look for the fox, he floated and passed many places which seemed like the first world, and then came to a very dark place. When the boy felt lonely and confused, he saw his fox shining in a distance, and he became shining, too, which liked two stars in a dark universe. When the boy woke up from his dream, he found his fox doll appeared beside him at some time, he just thought that he had a good dream, without knowing that it was the magic of the things around him that brought him into this wonderful dream.

Underwater(works for Digital Culture class)

I create two pictures about underwater world using MagicaVoxel, a software for pixel style 3d model.

I was attracted by the pixel style and light and shadow rendered effects by this software at the begining. After trying, I found that the modeling part in this software was not very convenient, but the rendering part is easy to learn and works really well. So I would say MagicaVoxel is still worthy of trying.

In this project, I want to create a fantasy style underwater world. So I designed glowing jellyfish and the whale shadow in my first designed picture. I’m not sure this scene (jellyfish with whale)is really makes sense, it is just my imagination of the underwater world. And I try to add a submarine into the picture to add some story.

A human submarine broke into a fantastic underwater world .

I imagine I’m in a submarine and When I look up and I find a whale swimming over my head.

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My blueprints

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The final pictures

 

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