The Wolves Within

Our group blog for the project is live over at the - be sure to follow it!

The idea for our third project is to transcribe a Cherokee legend known as the Wolves Within. The short tale describes the potential for good and evil inside all of us, with metaphorical descriptions of two wolves.

The Wolves Within

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is
anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed..."


From this, we aim to focus on Character and Environment Design of the two wolves specifically, reflecting their polar opposites of good and evil as defined by the tale. Where the final piece will be a culmination of the two as a final still, as well as a diorama of sorts as a piece of time based media to further capture and illustrate our designs.

In this way, we will be able to focus specifically on improving our techniques on character and environment design, rather than be over-burdened with technical aspects such as rigging. We are also keen to effectively integrate software such as ZBrush into our pipeline to further develop our skills in this regard. Essentially, the main challenge arises in creating unique and interesting concepts and designs that capture the prescribed nature of the wolves, while avoiding simply creating two generic wolves.


This is the initial proposal of our idea so far, so things may get tweaked after some feedback. I will still be keeping things up to date over here, but be sure to follow our group blog for all the complete updates.


tutorphil said...

Hey Leo - I look forward to sitting down with you and JJ - I'm actually very excited about this project!

As you may have seen, I'm looking for some mentors for year one and I was hoping you might consider throwing your hat into the ring. It would consist of you blog-watching maybe 2 or 3 blogs a little more regularly, responding to any @Leo 'Maya Help' stuff etc., and, perhaps more importantly, encouraging best practice in terms of blogging, presentation, drawing, modelling - basically being an encouraging, but very proffessionalised spectator. I don't think it would be too arduous - really no more than people comfortable with blogging and peer-assessment are doing automatically when they see something they like or that they want to challenge. Anyway - let me know - via an email Cheers!

Leo Tsang said...

Me too! Much to talk about!

I've just sent you an email btw :)

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