Preferably I wanted the go ahead from my pipeline post about how to approach this project, taking the idea of creating a character inspired by music, but unfortunately this hasn't happened, so I'll carry on with the assumption that it seems to be an adequate subject to chase....
Because I've been itching to actually create something based from music in CG, I've got quite a few songs in mind, however I've attempted to narrow down the amount somewhat, each hopefully conveying a very different type of genre....I feel I've become really paranoid about plateauing in style and being trapped by it, so I could really use a hand in trying to steer away from that if that is the case....
So here are some songs I had in mind, and the general idea's of the direction I feel each would take me in...
I chose this song, from the Moulin Rouge because I felt it was such a powerful, theatrical song that is infused with a deep, emotional chill. When listening to this song, and thinking about the lyrics, I imagine a character who has been seen many journey's, and had many experiences...almost an adventurer of sorts, however a great sense of sadness and reflection overwhelms the character, perhaps as though they had suffered a loss of sorts, and has grown wise/stern/cold//matured from this, as though when they first began their journey's there were quite inexperienced, and naive. In that respect I can't help but shake the feeling this character should have a very 'theatrical/whimsical' approach in terms of style.
Whilst I retain the same sort of character profile as the version before, this song I feel takes that, and puts a very peculiar/creepy/mysterious edge to it, making it seem slightly darker.
Outsider (Apocolypse Mix)
A Perfect Circle
From a personal response this song has a very powerful, mechanically dark sense of destruction, both lyrically and musically. Keeping this in mind, I imagine a character who lives in an apocalyptic period, and bore witness to the downfall of the world they knew. In order to embrace this new world (which I feel should follow a very industrial/robotic style), they have adapted to their environment as means of survival, having to fight off enemies daily, whatever their agenda...However, I'm undecided whether it would be a human, synthetic or some other form of being, but I'm sure they would have some form of technology and be a wastelander/scavanger of sorts.
Under My Feet
This song I feel as a very modern sound, that evokes the sense of a fantasy soundtrack, perhaps because of the elegant harmonising. This I found a very interesting aspect of the song, as well as the meaningful lyrics. What I see in this song is a warrior, of sorts who has excluded himself from society, for reason unknown as of yet. The character sufferers from some sort of inner turmoil (perhaps because of past events) whilst embarking on an epic journey/quest to save someone/soul search/find new beginnings, whilst perhaps including some sort of love element. Stylistically , I imagine a very cool colour palette, with vast landscapes incorporating this. Although I mentioned the Modern Fantasy feel to the song, I don't really feel I have a 'genre' for this to fit into just yet, thought I want the character's personality to be more 'emotionally' explored, rather than 'physically' at this moment.
These are just some brainstorming thoughts that I didnt want to get to wrapped up in, incase I wasnt on the right path. I think I've finally really realised where I went wrong on my last character project, the fact there was no character, and it simply was just drawings. So some feedback would be very welcome as how to avoid this once again :)