I was given the go-ahead by the director to show the full concept art piece so I've attached it below along with all the steps taken to create the piece.
- Based on the script, I made a number of small rough thumbnails with various layouts to present for approval. I was sent some reference photos of character types envisioned for the film.
- On the poster shoot, the director chose one thumbnail with which to proceed. The model, Alex, turned out to be a candidate for the lead role, so I used her likeness from the photos taken by my husband, the official still photographer. At this point, I moved into blocking in the room, chairs and mannequins in perspective. Once I was happy with it, I began to make the mannequins look like the characters, adding clothing, wings, bloody stumps, etc. Normally, I would have put the light into perspective but as we were not sure where the light source(s) would be located I wasn't too concerned.
- The director needed something to show the special effects crew (The Butcher Shop) so I scanned it at 300 dpi and brought it into Photoshop for digital inking, throwing in a brownish background colour by using multiply on the colour layer and another layer to paint in some quick highlights, and sent it off to her to show the FX crew.
- Later on, the script was further tweaked requiring some changes to the artwork including a complete re-inking. Once I was satisfied, I added colour.
The film was shot last Saturday and l got to help out on the set as Assistant PA in Craft Services (a.k.a. Food Services). It was a long 14-hour day spent mostly in quiet and darkness and I now have a new appreciation for what goes into making a movie. It was quite exciting to be a part of it all and to see my concept art brought to life by Carlos Henriques & Ryan Louagie, the prosthetics team. They did an amazing job transforming Tyler Williams into the Angel. I can't wait to see the finished film!
For more information about the movie and to get an early look at it please visit www.bull-dogpictures.com.