Exercise: Choosing Content

  • If this text were to be made into a film what would the main character be like? The main character would be a man in his mid to late fifties. Someone who has had a tough life and job. He has been angry for the past 15 years about the unsolved mystery of the abducted women. This frustration has become a part of him.
  • What clothes would the character be wearing? The character would be wearing a grey formal suit. Nothing too fancy, yet decent. It is wartime.
  • What furniture is in the main area in which the action takes place? The only furniture in the room is a desk and a chair for the main character. There are big windows in the room, letting in some dancing shadows. 
Figure 1. Collage of five images depicting the mood of the detective who has been unable to solve the mystery of the abducted women. Everett255 (1940s) Policemen Walking by Scotland Yard Entrance, 1940s [online]. Historia (1947) New Map Room at Scotland Yard, 1947 [online]. John Alton (1955) Two Silhouetted Figures in The Big Combo [online]. Amazon (2020) Paul Willets [online]. Trinity Mirror (1945) A Scotland Yard Detective Examining Evidence at the Murder Scene of Amy David at her Put ‘The Ring of Bells’ in 1945 [online].

I made a moodboard for the text. Somehow when I think of WWII era I always think black and white. The search produced similar results. I felt these photos best represented the meaning of the text. There are a few images of detectives with hats, detectives looking for the location of a criminal on a map and a detective following a potential victim.

Some words that came to my mind after reading this text were ‘somber’, ‘austere’, ‘pensive’, but in the end I chose the word ‘solemn‘. The word solemn means serious and dignified; I think it describes the text perfectly.

Figure 2. Collage of Textures and Colours for the Text. Masaantovic (1940s) Snow and Shadows in a London Street 1940s [online]. Laurence Dodds for The Telegraph (1940s) Contrails Show the Typical Chaos of a 1940s Dogfight [online]. Dorothy Bohm (1940-2010) A World Observed 1940s – 2010 [online]. Historic England (1942) Camouflaged Second World War Fuel Depot [online]. Phil Crewdson (2020) Man smoking in the dark [online]. Jessica Hudkins (2020) Man in office [online]. Everett255 (2020) Private Eye [online].

This moodboard helps depict colours and textures for the text – all is black and white, there are many types of shadows and smoke. The mood is pensive, of a detective nature. I made a few thumbnails with options for the setting. I wasn’t happy with most of them. Then I chose the second last to make the final artwork.

I then went on to make a sketch of this scene with pencil. I forgot to take a picture of it. I coloured the final piece with Copic markers and then gave the final details with pencil and fineliner pen. I feel like the final piece looks a lot like the previous exercise with the 1940s living room. Anyway, I guess they have quite a lot in common.

I had to go back and find more reference images than the ones I found for my mood boards. It wasn’t enough material. However, the mood boards definitely helped me come up with an adequate scene for the text.

References:

Everett255 (1940s) Policemen Walking by Scotland Yard Entrance, 1940s, Depositphotos [online]. Available at: depositphotos.com/198533294/stock-video-policemen-walking-scotland-yard-entrance.html (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Historia (1947) New Map Room at Scotland Yard, 1947, Shutterstock [online]. Available at: https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/new-map-room-at-scotland-yard-1947-9831624a (Accessed 6 February 2020)

John Alton (1955) Two Silhouetted Figures in The Big Combo, Wikipedia [online]. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Paul Willets (2020) Paul Willets, Amazon [online]. Available at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Willetts/e/B001JP0TWY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Trinity Mirror (1945) A Scotland Yard Detective Examining Evidence at the Murder Scene of Amy David at her Pub ‘The Ring of Bells’ in 1945, Alamy [online]. Available at: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-a-scotland-yard-detective-examining-evidence-at-the-murder-scene-of-83264259.html (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Masaantovic (1940s) Snow and Shadows in a London Street 1940s, Pinterest [online]. Available at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/644788871624973438/ (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Laurence Dodds for The Telegraph (1940s) Contrails Show the Typical Chaos of a 1940s Dogfight, The Telegraph [online]. Available at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/battle-of-britain/11865303/The-Battle-of-Britain-as-it-happened-on-September-15-1940-live.html (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Dorothy Bohm (1940-2010) A World Observed 1940s – 2010, Photography Blog [online]. Available at: https://www.photographyblog.com/news/a_world_observed_1940-2010 (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Historic England (1942) Camouflaged Second World War Fuel Depot, Heritage Calling [online]. Available at: https://heritagecalling.com/2019/10/07/the-story-of-camouflage-during-the-second-world-war/ (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Phil Crewdson (2020) Man smoking in the dark, Pinterest [online]. Available at: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/299419075217301074/ (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Jessica Hudkins (2020) Man in office, Pinterest [online]. Available at: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/368802656983982695/ (Accessed 6 February 2020)

Everett255 (2020) Private Eye, Deposit Photos [online]. Available at: https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/1940s-man.html (Accessed 6 February 2020)

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