Friday, 4 May 2012

Nightmare Theatre: Act 1: Sandman of Slumberland.

I haven't collaborated with anyone before, so this was a very interesting and an exciting experience, not the least because I wanted to learn from Nathascha Friis' stylized approach to things.  You can check out her interesting blog over here.

The choice of a theatrical setting was made so that we could study lighting, compose multiple figures in perspective, and see if we could add emotion and mood to the piece. A particular inspiration was Helnwein's theatrical work.

We decided that I would work on the background, and that Nat would develop most of the characters. As it turned out, we did a bit of both. After a while, it seemed prudent to paint over in turns since our styles complemented each other quite well,and that did save a lot of time.

The difficult part was to make the characters seem real enough so that it would seem like a  stage play, and still have a surrealistic, dream like feel to them. I would say we did a pretty good job. Though, there is much to learn.

The following is a step by step description of the collaboration.

More Acts to follow!