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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.



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.



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.


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


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.




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.



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.

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.


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.

Further Development

I really like the brush strokes on the legs and arms although this detail would be nearly impossible to replicate in paper cut, unless I find a way to combine both images without it looking obvious. My images have been strongly influenced by German Expressionism in particular Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. These films are both black and white and silent, with a lot of warped imagery, high contrasting tones, angular and elongated figures.