Working on Scene Design

14 02 2013

Researching Architecture

These weeks I’m working on the scenario designing for my Final Project Animated short. I’m using my imagination, but sometimes it’s not enough and I have to look for references.

Now specially I’m searching references for designing the King’s Castle from outside. It’s a very complicated part so I want to make it look fantastic and magical, but  with realistic basis.

After a lots of research, these are the Castles that I like the most for inspiring my Castle design.

Neuschwanstein Castle, is a 19th-century Romanesque palace located in Bavaria, Germany.

Neuschawnstein Castle

I like this castle due to his shapes, roofs and towers, it’s like Disney castles, and looks fanciful.

Mont Saint-Michel Castle, is a rocky tidal island, located in Normandy, France. The castle and the village are sited into the island. It seems to be the castle which inspired Disney’s Tangled creators. I’ve researched about it and effectively they were inspired by this castle/island.

Mont Saint Michel

This castle seems taken out of a fairy tale, I like the shape of the walls and the island. It has trees and vegetation, so it looks lively compared to other antique castles.

The Château de Chambord, is located in the Loire Valley, in France. It is famous for blend traditional french medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.

Chateau de Chambord

Maybe this is the less magic-looking castle of the ones that I chosen, but I like the shapes and the fact that is really majestic.

The Hohenzollern Castle is a castle about 50 kilometers, located in Stuttgart, Germany.

Burg Hohenzollern

I like the roofs and the shapes with a lot of towers. What I like the most of the castle is the place where is located, at the top of the mountain rounded by forests.

All the castles are kind of similar, and I want to use them as a reference for creating the Castle of my animated Short.


This is the list of  main Scenarios that I’m designing and I have to design:

1. Castle Library.
2. Castle corridors.
3. Throne room.
4. The Castle
5. Cave’s acces (with castle at background).
6. The Cave -> Past version + Present version.
7. Forests.
8. Keira and Kaylee’s House.
9. High Mountains + Purple mineral mine.
10. The Kingdom general scene (mountains + Forests).
11. Mountain’s path to the Castle.
12. Castle’s outskirts.
13. Behind the Castle.
14. Inside the Castle -> Courtyard
15. Tower room.

I have done the three first drawings/designs and now I’m working on the Castle design. I’m working at rapid pace because I want to finish my pre-production by the end of February. But there are a lot of projects to do so I don’t know if I will finish it by february, I’ll do my best.

Castle Library Preivew

Castle Library Drawing – Preview




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