Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Iterations and iterations

One of the reasons I love my job as a concept artist is the ability to solve visual problems with quick thumbnail iterations. Especially with costume design. So my Audacious Accomplishment for Oatley Academy has been good fun thus far! 

We were asked to take scenes from a film and transpose the characters into an extra ordinary setting, so I set my heart on Silence of the Lambs, where Clarice Starling would be a priestess new to a the rank of Demon Hunter rather than FBI agent, and Lecter would be the demon she needs to get into the mind of, to catch the even more evil threat (Buffalo Bill). 

I'm exploring stylistic choices here as well as costume choices, as I'm still trying to figure out where I'd like to push my art in terms of getting that something special I can call my own. Ultimately I have my favourites, but as ever, I welcome opinions and feedback! And these are very much a first iteration. Once i decide on a stylistic direction, I'll explore more costumes, hair styles and faces. 

I should also point out here that I envisage Starling as more of an HQ-based demon hunter.. the sort who doesn't leave the office much and is more research and questioning-based, so practicality is a lesser concern over looks (imagine if you will a less prudish, high fantasy female equivalent of the get up the priests of the vatican wear). I'm also trying to bring a little of my biggest inspiration, Brom, into my own work, in my own way, so if she feels a little sexier in some, that's a deliberate choice.

And here's some quick thumbnails with the idea of turning my fiesty, dirty-mouthed, water-wielding pirate chick, Eideann into a potential trading card. Also really trying to get better at doing dynamic, interesting poses, since my initial attempt at a more fleshed out version of her after doing These Thumbnails Here, was Pretty Damned Boring