Third Meeting with Joel Simons

For the third meeting with Joel we met in the University Cafe. We had our presentation in a couple of days so we had our work already in slides. We find this is an easier way to present the work we have done so far.

Since the last meeting Rebecca has done different face shapes for Joel to look at. He prefers to see various examples for him to choose from rather than trying to imagine what it would be like. He isn’t entirely sure what shape he wants Grace, and it has taken a few examples for him to decide the direction he wants us to go. After looking at these he wanted us to combine two, giving her a more rounded head shape but a v shaped chin.

Updates (1)

The next part of Grace that Rebecca had worked on his her hair. Since the last meeting she had only her hair down and flowing. Joel had said it was a little flat, and to add more volume. So for this meeting Rebecca has given Grace’s hair more shape and form, as well as added another plait hair style. This style was discussed at the beginning that can be used as a potential outfit change. As she is a horse rider a plait or french braid is very popular. The slide below shows the changes.
Joel’s feedback on these was as follows:

  • Curls at side of the face longer and thinner.
  • Hair more rounded at the top of the head.
  • The Braid should be thicker at the bottom with more of a curl.

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During this meeting this is the first I have shown Joel my sculpt of Dillon. I explained  to him how I used a reference of our concepts and a real Connemarra pony, since he wants this to be realistic as it is an educational show. his eyes are large with eyebrows to better show his expressions to interact with Grace. I also took care to add proper body porportions since Grace will be riding him.  Joels feedback was as follows:

  • Make him look younger to relate to younger audience.
  • Have his hair more volume, similar to Grace
  • He liked his proportions but again tie it in to a more younger looking horse.

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Sinead has been creating Grace’s clothes using Marvellous designer. Joel has never seen this software being used and was intrigued. His only comment was that her body did not look like that of an eight year old, but we had to explain to him that it is a little hard to judge without her head.  Also he mentioned that he didnt think a young girl would have skinny jeans, but we had to remind him that she is a horse rider and also wears boots, and this is the realistic outfit that she would wear.

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This week was the beginning of looking at the environment. Cliodhna  started to model some trees and flowers and Rebecca did a few background houses. Joel’s vision of the environment in Amazing Grace is that of an old Irish country side. His reference of the farm house / animal sanctuary was taking from the Folk Museum in Belfast. He wants the houses to be old with thatched roofs.

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