So this week we have followed up on the 7 moodboards from last week we currently made (I’ll get into detail about this below due to being absent last week), and headed on over to the silhouettes of the type of house we want to make! We had to make an orthographic drawing of the house we are going to make. I did unfortunately not manage to finish my orthographic drawing, but I will include that in a new blog post tomorrow.
The following boards were created to have structure over where I stand when it comes to what I want to create. I explore the mood and atmosphere of where I want the house to be and how I want it to be. The current idea of my house I have is a structure which is currently in a peaceful atmosphere, but has a rough history of hostility.
Board 01. Architectural Influence
For the architectural influences, I chose the stone and wood combination from the medieval architecture between the 5th and 15th century. Both small and big houses, even towers. These structures were built in two steps, step one where the lower foundation is built and step two where they expand the size of the next floor on top of the ground foundation. The houses are usually made of either a solid stone foundation with top floor entirely made out of wood, or where the entire house is built out of stone with wooden supports around it. The most common architectural choice was stone foundation with top floor made out of wood. This was because stone was stronger and was considered a higher valuable resource than wood back in the 15th century. Their thought process based on the fact that as long as the foundation is strong and solid, everything on top of the house will be stable.
Board 02. Mood
I wanted to go for a peaceful mood. All though the 15th century was filled with wars and slaughter, most of the civilians were peaceful. It’s important to know that it really depends on how you see the world. Some people will only focus on everything that’s bad. Others will see the beauty of the nature and atmosphere around them. This is more of a personal choice, but I really like mountains and forests. Hearing the animals living around you, it gives me peace. Personally there’s nothing more peaceful than nature at its best. Most of the medieval civilizations lived near mountains and forests, which from where I can see people living a peaceful life.
Board 03. Atmosphere
I would consider the atmosphere to be cold but pretty. Even though I described the mood as peaceful, I don’t want to entirely discourage that there was a cold atmosphere between the 5th and the 15th century. A lot of kings, rulers, religion, people seeking power and greed. The atmosphere was pretty tough, but that doesn’t make it bad. There’s two things that make this atmosphere cold: greedy ruler with their wars against others, and the chilly cold from the mountains they lived close by. That’s where the beauty is if you ask me. The nature itself.
Board 04. 2D Design Style
My style has a big influence of cartoonish textures. A smooth and simple texture.
Board 05. Props
As for the props, I chose the what I found interesting and cool. Of course there is never enough props and I could probably continue filling out a gigantic board with too many props. But as for this board I chose some standard medieval props to fill the atmosphere of a medieval setting.
Board 06. 3D Render Style
A lot of influence from my two favourite games Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch will be taken. They are based on the style of a cartoonish texture just like I described in the board 4.
Board 07. Environment and Nature
The environment is based on a peaceful forest and mountain setting. The nature is green with a chilly tint to it.
Silhouettes of Medieval structures
I drew some shapes based on my 7 boards made above. I wanted to create my own house using the structural concept on how they built their houses. Using a strong foundation, I wanted to expand higher, and I want to combine some of my ideas below. I really wanted to include battle-damage to the house to remind the viewer that even though this house is currently in a state of peaceful environment, I don’t want to discourage that the house has been through a rough hostile past.