Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Challenge Day 3: FREDDY

I am continuing the stream of consciousness in terms of artistic influences. The homage to Mignola naturally flowed into Guillermo Del Toro. His ability to create unique and fresh feelings of eeriness is incredible. His creatures in Pan's Labyrinth are frightening in such a way that it is hard to nail down.There is a disconnect in communication between there design and what we commonly use to identify with characters. He removes all of our safe guards for understanding them right away. The result is an uncomfortable fear, the fear of confronting the unknown.

I figured what better away to approach a figure that hunts us in our nightmares. We struggle with understanding what dreams our so it seems natural that a figure that uses them as his hunting ground is designed in away to reinforce that mysterious fear.

I didn't get as far as I wanted with the concept in terms of really making his skin crispy and burning his clothes into his wounds. The current design is also heavily modeled after the Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth. I like it as a start but I would definitely want to push it into more unique territory if I were to move forward. A note on what I didn't show in this concept (another flaw), is that his "claws" are actually long needles jammed under his finger nails (I was inspired by a gruesome scene from the film Ichi the Killer).

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