Tuesday, 9 August 2011
The main inspiration for the character design of the Pied Piper for my adaptation will come from folk art and child-friendly drawings of the character. However, my adaptation focuses on the dark tone of the orinigal story, which means i will combine these elements with the surrounding topic of Death and puppet/marionette elements which will fit in with the theatrical style sets. A lot of the existing drawings of the Pied Piper use a red and yellow colour palette for the clothing, whereas, the darker designs seem to use grey, black and green, whilst still keeping to the associated clothing of the character.
The inspiration for the environment design of my adaptation comes from stop-motion sets, theatre sets, and cinematic sets. I will use my research and developed knowledge of Hamelin and Germany in the Middle Ages, to develop a set-based environment, that integrates my chosen art direction. I feel that bold expressionistic shapes work well in these kind of set designs, with a number of different techniques that can be used to create backgrounds; including silhouettes and matte paintings. The colour palette has a strong influence on the mood and tone of these sets; with greys, blues and greens creating the darkest mood and tone.