Monthly Archives: April 2014
Designing the world of Amelia Dyer is pretty exciting and for the look of 19th Century England I’ve been referring to Philip Davies’s amazing coffee-table book “Panoramas of Lost London” far more than I thought I would. It’s just such a brilliant book.
“Panoramas of Lost London” gave me lots of ideas when drawing the house in the above pic (which is still very much a work in progress). But the book also serves as a good reference for designing textures and for late 19th Century fashion.
The main challenge in illustrating Amelia is that she goes from baby to a grown-up woman in about 850 words, less than two A4 pages. In a quick series of illustrations she transforms from baby to toddler to teenager and finally to a grown-up. I want the reader to be able to immediately identify her in the illustrations and I thought that one way of doing this is by giving her an easily recognisable trait; like Pippi Longstocking-inspired plaits. Now I still need to design Amelia as a grown-up, and those plaits might look ridiculous on an adult. If they do I’ll just give her another trait, like big crooked teeth.