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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.

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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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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My research has been strongly historical based this last week, I really need to know the story of Jack and the other characters before I can start on the images. 

It was a quote from Arthur Morrison’s Tales of Mean Streets that first promoted imagery into my head.

‘An evil plexus of slums that hide human creeping things’

I thought this was such an intense sentence of such rich image and mood setting words, especially the last three words, human creeping things.
Its almost as if he is unsure to call them humans by adding the word ‘things’ at the end as if they have de-humanised themselves, after all its not usual for a human to creep, there is something eery about the position of a creeping body that I want to capture in my images.

The images bellow was my first sketch.
I wanted to use pastels because it is such a loose medium and full of texture. It is also remnant in appearance of the soot and grim of london.
I tried to capture the shape that first came to my head when I read that reference to human creeping things, an almost animal like creature but on its hind legs as if human.

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