Saturday, 8 June 2013

'Last Flight Out' Initial Thumbnail Sketches

After reading through the story 'Last Flight Out' I have selected an excerpt which describes the plane crash, and I have been using this so sketch some thumbnail designs in order to plan out my digital set. 

 "With a final cough the engine died and I was left gliding towards the ground. The silence was disconcerting as I looked around, trying to pick out a landing zone. I settled for a point on the road about a quarter of a mile ahead and tried to prepare myself for the impact… Sooner than I expected, I felt the ground effect lift the plane ever so slightly. It told me I would be on the ground in seconds. I squirmed in my seat, trying to judge how far behind me the infected were. I figured it was about 300 yards. The wall was about a mile ahead; so close and yet so far away…  I pulled back on the stick and felt the rear wheels touch followed by the front one. The plane bounced once and then again. As it settled down I saw a pothole ahead of me. I twisted the stick to the left, but with no power I had little hope of avoiding it. I missed the hole with the front wheel but the one on the left hand side at the back struck it, sending the plane spinning towards the central reservation, and the steel crash barriers that lined it. I slammed on the brakes but it was too little too late. There was a sickening crunch as the front wheel buckled, sending the nose crashing into the ground."

(Excerpt from 'Last Flight Out' Written by Colin M. Drysdale)

This first set of sketches are me attempting to find a nice composition that would work well as a digital set and can provide a sense of horror and an eerie atmosphere. One main idea I had was to just use the roadside lamps as a light source as this can help create nice shadows fitting with the horror genre. compositions that I think work best at the moment are images 1, 2, and 11.


  1. Ok, but work more inside the plane. The main cabin, passenger seats, etc. Your project is about limiting your world not expanding it.

  2. There is also no reference images for the 1950's / early 60's to inspire the emotional aspects of your work - No Twilight Zone, no Hitchcock, no 50/60's horror vibe. Research more and your drawings will become much more specific and intentional.