Friday, 29 October 2010

death and the maiden

Something a bit spooky looking for the Halloween weekend. I wanted to try something along the lines of George A. Wotherspoon's optical illusion illustration - Gossip: And Satan Came Also (below).

This had been on my mind ever since the 1999 release of Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace. I'd decided that such a B-movie title deserved a B movie poster to go with it and I was just the person to design it.

I had an idea for it which involved the film's Sith Lord bad guys. I'd have the little seen puppet master Darth Sidious hooded and dominating the frame but with his face obscured by shadow. The features would be provided or at least suggested by a minature figure of his apprentice, Darth Maul, who is being conjured into existence out of smoke by his evil master. He'd be brandishing his double ended lightsabre which would provide the fiery eyes, whilst the nose, mouth and eyebrows could be formed out of Maul's body and robes. I thought this would be a nice way to illustrate the idea that Maul was the 'public face' of a more shadowy evil.

Of course none of this came to pass, due to laziness on my part or just life getting in the way. At some point earlier this year however I found myself with a spare few minutes to doodle in Photoshop and obviously must have had the Gossip/Phantom idea still floating around my subconscious as I started playing around with the idea again.

This time it was a more generic grim reaper figure holding a masked, gun-toting super heroine type in his hand. Not sure where that came from. The lady certainly seems to owe something to Dave Gibbons' costume design for the original Silk Spectre and maybe even Marvel's Silver Fox character.

The 'face' reminds me of something too, maybe an amalgam of the face in the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the face of the devil from the Night on Bald Mountain sequence in Fantasia. Both Disney horrors strangely.

Below are my original Photoshop doodles. Hope you don't meet this couple on Sunday.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

More Elephants on Parade

My previous post reminded me about these elephant character concepts I'd sketched out sometime ago. Obviously I spent a considerable amount of time researching the species in order to reflect their physiology and habits before working on the character. I don't recall those we met in Zambia guzzling tea and wearing life jackets though. Maybe that's what the Indian variety get up to?

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Elephants on Parade

One of the reasons for my recent absence from this blog was a trip to Zambia. Whilst there we came across these big fellas who'd just strolled in from neighbouring Zimbabwe. One of them took an interest in us and to our surprise decided to wander over and take a closer look.

We also came across this thirsty specimen below, busy drinking up most of the Zambezi.

He also seemed to be interested in us...

And was happy to demonstrate his strength for the camera by attempting to pull down the nearest tree using its creepers...!

Unfortunately this was not entirely succesful, and after a number of failed attempts the big lad was forced to call it a day and wandered off in a bit of a huff having been bested by a plant.