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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.



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.

The illustrations below remind me more of children’s book illustrations, which isn’t a bad thing, in fact to represent the Rippers story in a child’s book could be interesting in terms of finding appropriate images to mirror a horrific subject.


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.