I had previously been working on drawings of an arena built on the top of a multi-storey car park, I however not happy with any of the sketches that I came up with. I decided to try doing some different angles of the location, finally deciding on looking from the area the gladiators wait before entering the ring. Below is a basic sketch that I was happy with, i will move this into photoshop and start to colour, other details that I want to add include: Grafitti on the walls, maybe some spot lights and possibly some fire.
The first task of this module is to design the concept art for one of the areas in the animation, with my project I have decided to design the Gladiatorial Arena of my futuristic Spartacus. I have decided to look at some convention style arenas and also modern structures that the future populace my modify into arenas, eg. Shopping centers, Multi-storey car parks, Football stadiums etc.
Below are some images of various places/structures that I think would translate well into future arenas.
The images above are from the Star Wars films, these are used as gladiatorial arenas, I looked at these as an example of how current media represent arenas in a futuristic setting. What I like about these is although they are set in futuristic setting, they actually look ancient at the same time, this is something that I think would be interesting in my project. The earth world mixing with the futuristic technology that the alien invaders bring.
I am also looking at the idea of the Arenas being existing structures that have been modified for their new use. For example below is a multi storey car park, I imagine it being isolated off with bullet proof glass so people can look inside and watch. These buildings would often be in a state of ruins after the war of the aliens invading.
I also looked at natural formations, often seen from ariel views that the aliens would have seen when invading. The example below is an dormant volcano, I imagine this being used as an arena, with viewing balconies being added at the summit. The arena would have lava fields, steam blowing up etc.
My next step is to sketch out some concepts using these ideas, and the create sketch up models, digital and had drawings aswell.