Now I understand that the purpose of this project is to come up with my own ideas and concepts, but in reality I love Hoggle and the cheeky goblins that both Froud and Henson created. Therefore, it was and is my intention to take inspiration from the original film and updated them to fit in with my modern interpretation. I hope you can see this in the images I’ve presented to you; I’ve tried to give my goblins a different edge. I’d like to think that these designs stand there own, neither Hoggle nor the goblins were copied from the original, instead there sympathetic and reflective of most people’s preconception of the film. However, my designs are brighter and bolder; making them in my opinion more child friendly. I remember been scared of the goblins as a child but I think what I’ve produced works better with the playful nature of the film.
The dress of these characters in my opinion is more considered, they’ve been carefully designed to convey personality. They reflect the seven dwarfs from Snow White, in the respected there more characterised, I think this individuality makes them more interesting as a whole rather than the globins uniform style from the original. Each character has their own dress, distinguishing them from one another. Yet they’ve been designed with unity in mind and therefore similar fabric and colour choices have been used.
William Morris’s prints have been used throughout, when I saw his calendar I instantly thought his prints were the perfect balance of bold colours and thought provoking pattern. Much like Froud’s work they were atmospheric with a hint of danger, an emotion which perfect depicts my intentions for these characters. The flowers within his designs make the perfect connection to the flower fairy’s and to Sarah’s ball gown dress, yet the contrast in colour pallets differentiates these characters and scenes effortlessly.
I wanted to try a more unusual way of designing my plates, as I think this would visually make my ideas more interesting, whilst the unusual nature of the design would be more reflective of the film itself. Because of this I chose collage as my method of design, partly because it’s a brilliant way of putting across colour and pattern. Now there’s usually, in my opinion two ways in which people work with collage. One way would be to cut small squares out in your colours from different sources and bunch them all together, another would be to cut out individual items and stick them together to make an entirely new outfit. In all honestly I think this methods are very school/college standard; and so I tried to make my work a little different.
I’d begin by making a line drawing of my plate, once the drawing was complete I’d colour the sections I didn’t intend to collage, such as the face and hands. Once I’d chosen the papers I wanted for my college, id cut into my line drawing and cover each section in my individual papers of choice. I find it best to cut out and cover each section one at a time; otherwise the whole process can get confusing. Afterward I would collage the pieces back together creating in my opinion a more interesting and considered design plate.
Over all, I love these design plates, and think they perfectly depict everything I was trying to convey within this production. As well as been full of character there visually stimulating, and none the same as the other.