I initially started making the character faces up of many paper cut shapes but this didnt work when it came to bringing the sections into photoshop, there was no definition between the shapes.
So instead I have used one main shape and hand drawn over the top.

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This is the original scan, there isnt much detail aside for the pen and blush added in photoshop.
I think I will try paper cut features, eyes, eyebrows and beard and possibly cotton wool as a variety in texture.

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This is a better design for the eyes, still not completely happy but its alot better than the hand drawn, possibly needs a few eye lashes for detail, or play around with the idea of glasses.

The paper cut beard didnt look the way I hoped, I think it needs a different texture to break up from the flat colour of the face.

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Acrylic and dry brush added a nice texture, the only problem was the evidence of the black card I painted it on is left behind.
I think it works better on the eye brows than the beard, which I will have to work out later.

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I intend to use a similar style to that of my last project (the cute otters) using a mix of paper cut, photography and hand drawn illustration.

I’ve been looking at the amazing Tim Burton for quirky character styles, to stick with my warped idea of Victorian London.
I’ve also been looking at a few animations, A cat in Paris, Folimage Studios is a beautiful mix of hand drawn illustration and bold clean graphic.

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Dynamic compositions and a really entertaining and heart warming story line to follow, I highly recommend a watch!

Been a bit of a hectic Easter break!
I’ve decided to make a few changes to my publication, Im saying good bye to my creepers.
After a crit with my tutor we decided that they look too alien like as opposed to a creepy looking human.
So i’ve been doing a tone of research into what sort of people I would find on the streets of London to include in my publication, this research led me to the articles in ‘Street Life in London, an old magazine/newspaper type publication featuring articles by Adolph Smith and the Photographer John Thompson.
I found an online version for those interested,

http://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/collections/streetlifeinlondon

These articles included interviews with men and women working on the streets of London, it really is fascinating I recommend a look through.
Here I found a collection of the most intriguing photographs of professions I didnt even know where around, from board men to half penny ice cream sellers! 
I hope to incorporate some of these characters in my publication to get an idea of who and what was on the streets.

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I have decided to bring back the lamp image from my earlier composition.
I am still undecided about the use of colour in my publication, at the moment I am leaning towards black and white as it does create a more sombre mood.

Using the same houses and idea of cotton wool for chimney smoke.
This double page spread will be a sort of introduction to London in 1888.

The idea I have in terms of page order is to start at the top with the skyline, then to the houses and the people and lastly to the street floor with rats and murder.

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I’m nearly there!, this is a new composition with a few different paper cut houses to add variation.

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Not sure if the arrangement is too dense? Im getting this printed for my mock ups so I will get a better idea of what works.

This is the double page spread version with the addition of chimney smoke which is scanned in cotton wool.

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The image above is a good concept for the London skyline I wanted to capture for the environment introduction.

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These are just quick mock ups for possible single and double page layouts.
Eventually the text will be a photograph of handwritten chalk text which links to ‘Jack the Rippers’ chalk messages he left on the walls by some of his murders, this will be a constant feature of my publication.

I’m not entirely happy with the previous image, it doesn’t represent the cramped, dark, scary London I wanted to achieve.

I’ve taken the same concept but exaggerated it with multiple houses overlapping as if competing for space.
This was just a quick experiment with the paper cuts I had but I would have to cut more in different shapes to get some variation, possibly some smoke out the chimneys/mist over roof tops.

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Slight variation with more creepers, would this work better as a double page spread??

I also want to incorporate print into my publication, either the house, creepers or smoke all of which I will experiment with.

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This is just a screen shot of the raw paper cut scans, I want quite a rich texture for this image but at the same time for it to look minimal and not over complicated.

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I need to decide on a size for my publication to get a proper idea in terms of canvas size to wok with, at the moment I am leaning towards A5 or a typical newspaper size if I decided to create a ‘zine’
With this image it is important to get across the cramp environment of East end streets so I might play around with adding more buildings and making them longer and thinner.

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I’ve started by adding a distorted texture of charcoal, it is such a beautiful texture but its just didn’t sit right with the image even when I lowered the transparency like in the example above.

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This second texture was created using a grey promarker and works a lot better than the charcoal texture maybe because it’s a relatively flat colour and the only distortion is subtle and minimal.

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Initially for this part of the image I hoped to photograph a real flame to sit in the lamp but the result didn’t work as I planned so instead I just used the paint tool on photoshop on a low hardness to create a soft edge like light caught in the thick air.
I’m not sure if I like the colour/if it is needed so I will also try a black and white version.

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This last example is just a play around with transparency and the idea of shadows lurking in the lamps light.
The variation in creeper size does add an eery feel to the image which I love!

My creepers are a representation of the people of west end London in 1888.
I want the scenes to be set in the cramps slums of London.

My first example isn’t really a good representation of what I want to depict but the idea had been in my head for a while and I thought I might as well jot it down as it could be a possible image for the ripper.

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My next ideas work better in terms of creating a place for the creepers to hide…

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This is a really simple representation of my idea, I want to capture the cramp streets with the creepers poking out of alleys.
My final idea is possibly my favourite, this could either work as single pages or a double page spread.
The single page compositions are pretty self explanatory but the double page spread would be completely black with just the outlines of the building, lamp, creepers and so on with just the lights as a negative space.

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Apologies for the shoddy photograph.

I feel I’m nearly there!

The sharpness of the paper cut outs work a lot better for me although I couldn’t create a distressed effect like the paint I have tried to combine the two.

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I actually thought this would add to the image but it looks really out of place against the clean cut line of the rest of the body.
One of my earlier thoughts was that my creepers were not human enough, so to solve the problem above I have added hands to the creepers to give them another human element.

For this is looked at the artist Rob Bliss would was one of the concept artist from the Harry Potter films. In particular I have been looking at his work on developing the dementors.

He has an extensive and beautiful portfolio, I recommend a look.

http://www.krop.com/robbliss/portfolio/#/

The initial drawings were that of almost mummy like figure with the most amazing crooked and elongated fingers which would be perfect for my creepers.

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I am still undecided about the feet, I don’t think they would be that important in the compositions I am thinking about where the figures stand long, it could be an idea to have the figures legs off the page to emphasis hight.