Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Secret Lairs Project Intro

For this project I have been asked to design a secret lair reflecting on a certain character and its characteristics. We got this description from a pick out of the mystery box. Within the lair there needs to be a 'hero prop' that defines the character or is what shapes its lair. I have to do a 16:9 concept art of my designed lair and hero prop. The final task is then to model the lair in Maya.

My two words that I have for this project are Martian and Alchemist.

Martian deifintion on -
1. Something relating to the planet mars
2. An inhabitant of Mars

Alchemist defintion on -
1. A person who is versed in or practices alchemy
Alchemy definition
1. A form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life.
2. Any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.

In terms of the Martian side of things I am trying to reframe from the typical generic looking martian character with the big head etc and trying to design my own to get a feel of the type of enviroment it would reside in.

As for Alchemy there is lots of history behind it deriving from all sorts of different cultures from Ancient China, Medieval Europe, Western, Indian, Islamic, Eqyptian and more. When alchemy was a popular craft it was believed to be a form of magic. Today it is a dead art and is more reffered to as chemical science.

When it comes to the design of the lair itself it will probably be more prodominantly reflective on the alchemy side of things because it involves lots of equipment, chemicals, viles, symbols, materials, ingredients etc.

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