Almost forgot about blogging these sketches.
I've been experimenting with my character, the aristocratic standard lamp. I particularly like this sketch (blue arrow). He's standing upright (as you would expect) and just the general look of him, I think is good, with the monocle as the eye. He almost has a slight cuteness to it.
Here I've also experimented with the face. Not that it has a face as such, but I've tried to get some expression into it.
Story wise, I'm sticking with the basic story I came up with here. It does need a little bit of tweaking, but I think I know how its going to come together. There is not enough time to make drastic changes, bearing in mind that we have a deadline of getting the final storyboards done for Tuesdays animation workshop. I've done a rough storyboard, just to map out the basic structure of the story, although the choice of camera angles etc are not necessarily the final angles.
Oh and just to clarify;
The first board is meant to be a scene where lots of standard lamps are in the department store.
They are getting sold, all except for the aristocratic standard lamp. (I guess no one whats old fashioned lamps like that anymore)
So this means that by evening, when the shop is shut, we are left with one very lonely standard lamp and all because there appears to be no one that wants that sort of lamp.
Looking around in misery, he thinks he sees another standard lamp, in the distance. Aristocratic or not... he wants company, so he decides to walk (or in this case, hop) over to it.
He gets up close to this rather fancy looking standard lamp, slightly lifts the lampshade, only to discover the head of a mannequin. (it is a hat display)
In slight shock, he backs up...
...meanwhile the cord that is attached to him has reached its end and he trips up and falls down.
The light bulb smashes and the light goes out. (Here the screen goes black)
Now at this point, we are all thinking, oh no... what a depressing story with no resolution.
Now what I'm thinking is that the aristocratic standard lamp has a new bulb screwed in. (lights go back on) and he discovers that he has moved from the department store, and into a very grand looking house/mansion of some sort.
OK... what just happened (which we don't see in the film) is that the standard lamp was eventually sold and a new bulb was put in, thus making him come back to life.
Anyway, I'm thinking now that (ignoring the last board in the sequence) the standard lamp could be looking around at its new surroundings, all happy as we see all these other aristocratic items/objects and paintings and tapestries etc... you get the idea.
I'm about to start my final story board now. Any more opinions regarding the design of the character and story are welcome.