Build a world! – Week 3

So last week was the third week of the build a world project!  quick recap;

First week working on plant world; After swapping project we came to this one with the aim to evolve the last teams ideas further with our own input. We were brought up to speed by the previous team and from that we created our main theme; plants in space. After brainstorming we came up with our final concept that we explained last week of a planet that works like  a parasite, absorbing energy and sources through extending roots. The planet itself is alive and is inside out, the creatures who live on the planet are completely unaware of this.

We presented our ideas from the week before and got feedback!

> Develop concept more; spores, etc.
> More tonal drawings
>Make things more clear

As a team, we agreed that the class hadn’t fully grasped our concept so it was important to us to explain it better, we made sort of to do list of what had to be explained more and what needed to be more researched;

We then made up a history and future for our planet; Exsecula

(we also made a better name! Consume; exuro and parasite; adsecula, we combined them and used it as the final name)


In a different universe, galaxy or dimension is a large planet. This planet is full of natural materials, the only lifeforms are from the scientific plant kingdom. The plants energy source is a number of large stars one of which explodes, the shockwaves from the explosion cause the planet to disperse many seeds throughout different galaxies. Radiation from the exploding star causes mutain like seeds. Once in the new galaxy the seed needs to survive, root like extensions extend from the seed allowing it to absorb resources from other planets, starting out small but as it takes in resources it is able to grow protection around itself. Which is where are planet is present!

>The world is like a virus or parasite, it comes into contact with other planets/worlds, stealing resources it needs and killing the planet/world. While doing this some of the life forms from the planet get sucked into this world and evolve to survive…

>The seed and its surrounding structure releases infectious spours that alter the DNA of the new lifeforms turning them into plant like creatures and then eventually them slowly become part of the environment.

The future;

We had more than one idea for the future but decided to go with B;

A) A creature breaks into the seed and leaves its reproduced baby in the seed and the baby takes hold, controlling the planet now. Causing the see to continue to destroy other planets for sources as it slowly grows safely inside, in the end the world for fills it’s purpose (protecting the creature) and after the creature is fully grown, it breaks free when it finally finds the perfect environment for itself. Our planet is no longer a parasite but a ordinary world now. This idea came by how wasps lay eggs in caterpillars;

B) The radiation give’s the seed a mind of its own, causing it to go crazy! It continues to destroy other planets for sources and it begins to re-produce and so the cycle begins again!

We also made it clear as to how the world works as you venture deeper is a simple chart;

We wanted also wanted to put a emphasis on the gravity pull! I’m pretty sure I’ve already posted the links but I’ll post them below again (videos that explain what we decided well);

We wanted to get scientific reasons as to why the middle is swamp land as well, Shannon had explained to us how leaves lose their water from the underside, the website below explain’s it well;

All the water from the plants would fall to the centre of the planet!

We also researched the definition of a spore;

“A minute, typically one celled unit capable of giving rise to a new individual without sexual fusion, characteristics of lower plants, fungi and protozoans”

I’m pretty sure I linked this next video last week as well but I think it shows how we imagined the spores to work in our planet;

Along with all the research that was being done we where taught about composition, rule of thirds, leading lines etc!—photo-7978

We where told to incorporate these rules with our concept art.

We also looked at character design again;

As a team we all came up with characters and concept ideas and morphed them together! We agreed that all our styles where unlike eachother, Jennie took peoples ideas and created our main concept drawings;

And even incorporated some of my character designs in! Which made me really happy;

All in all I think we had a really productive week! We presented our idea again today in class with all this new information and I think it went really well! We’ve been now moved to another project, and this time we get to use colour!

P.s here is a link to the mood board that was also created for the world on pinterest;

Below is our final bibliography for Exsecula;

Body Invaders:
Apr 27, 2009
Coral Attack:
8 Mar 2014
Epic Trailer:
27 Jun 2012
Fern Spores Under a Microscope:
Oct 28, 2008
Fungi Despersion by Spores:
Sep 24, 2013
Labyrinth-Within You, Step Scene:
June 27, 1986
Lord of the Rings The Two Towers – Treebeard Rage Scene
December 5, 2002
The Hobbit (spider forest scene):
12 December 2012
ZombiU Trailer:
November 18, 2012
Akub Rozalski. (2014). Swamps of No Mans Land. Available: Last accessed 18 October 2014.
Alanna Velasquez. (2014). PLANETS. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.
photograph by Igor Siwanowicz. –
Ophiocordyceps fungus –

Akub Rozalski. (2014). Swamps of No Mans Land. Available: Last accessed 18 October 2014.
Alanna Velasquez. (2014). PLANETS. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.

Daisuke Satake. (2011). Concept Art (2). Available: Last accessed 18 October 2014.
Daniel Lieske. (2014). Wormworld Saga. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.
Derek Watts. (2013). Mass Effect 2 (concept art). Available:!slide=797599. Last accessed 18 October 2014.

Fernan Federici . (2014). Microscopic Photographs of Plants.
Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.

Histoire de l’oeil. (2014). Fungus under a microscope. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.

IANDMNGO. (2013). Epidermophyton floccosum.
Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.

IANDMNGO. (2014). aspergillus niger under. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014

Long Pham. (2013). Space. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014.
Lucy Synk. (2009). Planet of Another Color. Available: Last accessed 18 October 2014.

Marcin Jakubowski.. (2014). Mind-bending sci-fi art. Available: Last accessed 19/10/2014. (2012). Plasmodesmata.
Available: http://micro-


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