Last Monday I finally managed to sit down and do a few drawings of Romany People. I had a few backgrounds ready from when we did the painting workshop last week. I felt like it would be good for me to work on top of some grounds because I’m used to textures when I collage, and I just wanted to make myself enjoy drawing as much as possible… because I don’t.
On Tuesday we did a collaging workshop, traditional collage, like cutting out with paper and the sticky sticky and everything else. I actually found this extremely difficult?!?!? I went in that day feeling super optimistic because it was something that I know and enjoy working with but with it not being in Photoshop my mind was completely blown. Visually a lot of what I did just sucked to me, but I did do one collage based on colour schemes id picked up from my reference images which worked really well. I was also finding images of old paintings in magazines, mainly with farming/community old times with hay/groups from little country villages kind of themes. Even though they’re loosely relating to Romany Culture I’m kind of creating characters and overall stories.
The past couple of Wednesday’s I’ve been involved in storyboarding workshops. I found these really useful because I think I’m heading towards a more comic book based outcome right now, mainly because it’s something I really just want to create as I used too when I was younger. Just to see how I’ve developed in style and understanding since then would be ace. We’ve learnt about things such as the 180 rule and the rule of 3rds and 4ths, in order to make the frame more understandable and story clear. I can’t wait to put this into practise.
Thursday we were asked to present a teaser and synopsis for our stories, and show our current work.
Mayor’s wife gets more then she bargains for when her husband buys out a creepy, abandoned, religious themed amusement park from the 60’s.
Holy Land USA, the abandoned theme park previously based on the faithful, was once a booming success in Waterbury, Connecticut, during the 60’s. When the land went up for sale in 2013, hesitant Mayor Neil O’Leary brought the land as a project for his religious wife, Darcy. Knowing the park was previously a crime scene in the Chloe Ottman murder in 2010, Darcy was desperate to renovate the park and open it to the public once more. During the re-build of the attractions famous chapel, a group of Romani Travellers charge through the gates and demand the new owners move off of their land. Confused at the threats, Darcy begins to research into the parks history. This reveals that the parks creator John Greco took the land off the traveller’s ancestors in the 50’s, forcing the previous inhabitants into slavery. Angry over their past the travellers continue to return again and again, and over time strange and horrifying things start happening on site. When the parks newly acquainted Priest is murdered opening day, the O’Leary’s are eager to pin it on their aggressive intruders, but an anonymous tip off suggests the violence is being caused by somebody – or something – else.
I’m just kind of really chuffed with myself for creating a complex, actually AHS type concept that seems believable and is based on research – even though to my mind it’s unfinished. However we discussed that because the overall story is complex I may have difficulty in illustrating the whole thing – which I think in reality I don’t think I necessarily want too. I think my two points of interest right now are when the travellers charge in and threaten the O’Neil’s for their land. I was thinking it could be a cool flash back-y type of thing – the flashbacks done in dull tones or black and white and switching between the characters of modern time as they discuss it. Or when Darcy finds the priest re-opening morning, who I think is going to be her son too. This way I only have to imagine a certain set of characters and can focus on small parts. John said it’d be good to focus on episodes. I want to spend as much time as possible on character design and development, so I think maybe focusing on a small part such as these is the best way to go. I’m not even 100% fussed if I don’t finish it, I just want to see how it goes. I’d also like to maybe create promo stuff as if it were a season of AHS, posters and things. I think I’ve definitely decided Sarah Paulson is Starring role/face base as Darcy, and Finn Wittrock is going to be the son/Priest I haven’t named yet. Lily Rabe is probably also going to be the head of the modern day travellers.
Later on I decided to go back to collage but in the best way I know how. I tried to work with the same colour scheme from the workshop as well as relate the imagery together, I’m not sure if I want to carry on with this because I think I want to work on characters now I know my plot. The next few weeks are going to be a busy one so I’m going to see how things go from here. Hopefully things wont be so hectic after Christmas and I can actually just do some work!!