Yesterday, I had a discussion with my tutor about this project, during this session I presented everything I’d gathered so far. Once I began to separate the research into different piles, (one for each character) everything seemed rather thin. I’m so glad we had this discussion at this stage of the year before id gone further down the line with my design.
So far my research has been rather woolly, in hindsight my projects is more of a general overview of the period, taking references from images and fashions I like, rather than character pacific ideas. I understand, that the design process is about forming a character, and I realise my direction and character development might not have been very clear. Especially seeing an outsider’s perception of what I’ve been producing. This is my historical project, yet my drawing style makes my ideas look as though there for a pantomime production, rather than for a cutting edge film or a BBC historical drama. There lacking well informed sources and have become more like a personal perception of a period and characters rather than a factual and informative piece of art.
My line drawings draw far too strongly on regency high fashion, rather than looking at character pacific’s, for example I’ve not considered whether my characters would truly wear what I’d gathered for them. I recognise I need to find a focus for each of my characters, this way I can express their personalities much clearer within their attire.
For instance, I’ve envisioned (both within my own designs and images gathered) Lydia wearing hugely oversized bonnets. Although, the Bennett’s weren’t a poor family they equality didn’t have the luxury of indulging in new fashions. Instead they’d up cycle the clothing and accessories they already had. Throughout all interpretations of Pride and Prejudice, Lydia’s obsession with decorating her bonnets is prominent, and demonstrates her enthusiasm to stand out from the crowd. I imagine her been a little too enthused with this idea, and her over working her clothing in desperate need to out shine her siblings. I really enjoy this idea, therefore in terms of her costume I’d begin with a very simple regency dress and bonnet (similar to what Lydia’s sisters would be wearing), I would later add a mix match of ribbons and frills to really emphasised the idea of “trying too hard”.
On the contrary, I envision Elizabeth and Jane fashioned quite differently, their styles will be minimalistic and classic. Jane with her sweet disposition and gentle heart would look naturally beautiful, shown through the use of soft lines and spring colours, such as lemon yellow and pale pink. Elizabeth been an intelligent and witty character could be expressed through well tailored clothing, and would be dressed in earthy colours to communicate her love of nature and walking.
I understand I need to convey my characters much clearer and I intend to do so from here on out! This isn’t a fashion parade like what I’d been producing, I’m designing for “real women”, and it’s a chance to build characters not regency high fashion! I most consider what these women could afford, their taste and temperament. The plan is to organise my research, making what I’ve gathered clear and concise. I will review my work and set aside plans and timelines to make sure I meet deadlines, and hopefully I’ll do these wonderful characters justice!... Fingers crossed!