Quick sketch of the set layout, we discussed who should create what parts and how to create the feel that the set was within a city. We thought about layering and having pieces at different depths to make it come to life. In the book the Samsa’s house is described more of an apartment so thought it would be good to include other flats around the performance area. Using the same style as how we created the puppets we continued this into the flat design however making each one slightly different. This is an example of one of sets.
Walker illustrates and explores the ideas of and around race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity – which parts can be relatable to the subject of metamorphosis in expressing the identity of Gregor Samsa. This is one of my favourite illustrations of Walkers in her Southern Discomfort series. The use of the large black paper cut outs to create the silhouettes are in a style that I particularly like and could use similarly in my own work. I think perhaps I would like to add extra details and colour to come through in refined areas. I think the addition of a few limited colours in the shadows could add a stronger sense of mood and emotions whether it be in relation to the characters and/or scenery/background. Although Walkers work is all very in proportion and in relation to the layout I think it would be interesting to look at changing those things, have items and specific characters much larger or smaller than the others to create a comical effect. I think this would work well in relation to show power and weakness. For example when Gregors father throws the apple and it is lodged in his back to have him shrinking smaller and smaller in each scene as he gets weaker and ashamed. Walkers use of limited frame works effectively with it just appearing in some corners and makes you think there is literally something outside the box although the main focus still remains with the centre characters. We could use this kind of framing in our production to show the flat scenes with other rooms on the edge to make it less isolated and give the audience a visual of the background and setting. Using layering would work well here with multiple buildings and landscapes to identify with being in a city scene.
Creating a shadow puppet production based on Kafka’s novel Metamorphosis; the basic outline of the story begins with Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman, waking up in his home, where he lives with his parents and sister, to discover he’s transformed into some kind of bug. When discussing this idea I thought about the physical references describing him to have a deeper meaning, it never for definite confirms that he’s changed into a beetle and so it could be seen as a personification of some sort of disease or illness, I thought about how it could represent perhaps depression or Alzheimer’s stuck in a foreign body, losing the sense of who he once was. In regards to family and other characters in the story they all seem to find Gregors new state a very taboo subject which would be interesting to show their expressions and body language towards him through the silhouettes……………….
Using the same style as my previous sketches but using a ink pen
Using black indian ink I created some quick sketches of scenes 1 and 2. Still representing Blanche as the ring and Stanley now as the glove. The glove works well as his character as it can be a controlling object and personify many actions. I like the thought that it can appear quite masculine compared to the other objects and could wear the ring in scenes to show power and domination as Stanley portrays. Using different angles in scenes is important when showing characters perspectives and the actions that are happening as well as showing domination or weakness for example. Using close ups of certain characters help tell the story and their emotions which engage the reader more. I like the quick style of using the inks as it comes out in quite an expressive manner and think I will continue using this technique in my final 40 images however perhaps experimenting with a different materials.