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Android Bot Project Part 1

So for the first project of the final year of my BA in Computer Animation I've joined a team creating a small commercial for the new Android update, 'Android L'. I've been taken on as the artist/modeller and so my tasks are to create the concept art, the storyboards and the modelling of the assets. With that said; our project directors detailed their idea for the small '10-30 second commercial' that our brief requires. Our aim is to create a small robot that resembles the Android logo, to use him as an example of the new OS' powers and have him showcase it's usefulness in daily life. My goal was to make him as advanced as I could get, without making him look too unfriendly, I came up with the following sketches:
After reviewing the concept sketches I designed we decided to focus these, possibly mixing and matching some parts we liked on individual designs and seeing they were a better fit.
Following this we had class tutorials, pitches where we presented our work to the class in an attempt to spot flaws we had missed ourselves. It was during this we were told that its 'mechanical' nature came off as intimidating and not quite the look we were going for. And so more emphasis on it's curves was needed. I looked especially at designs like E.V.E. from Wall-E and it's smooth sleek curves as inspiration for some slight design tweaks.
Personally, I was a fan of the designs where the arms were merely floating from the Androids body. I feel like it's round design and it's disjointed limbs better reflected both the 'new' look we were going for, and the cute friendly appearance we were going for. The team ended up deciding on a slightly different variation however and so I progressed on with the turnarounds in the run up to modelling.
Something was still missing however, we needed a way for the little Android to define expression clearly and quickly, without compromising it's design. Whilst adverts have used approaches such as:
We decided to go with a slightly different approach, below is a quick comparison:
Now with the Android ready it was time to begin modelling:
The basics are under way, and so now begins getting the model ready, as well as the story boards.


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