Well, what do you know? Here I am posting on my blog for you even though I'm on vacation. You know what that is? Love.
Speaking of Love.....I've been reviewing all the traffic stats on my blog and I've found that the work you all seem to love by far the most is the concept art for my adaptaion of Gaston Leroux's "Le Fantome de L'Opera" ("Phantom of the Opera," you non-French speakers!) I can't blame you because I Love it, too. This is why I've compiled all the Phantom concept art I'm willing to show you right now into this one very Phantom post! MERRY Christmas!!!
I'm not sure if I've professed my deep and undying Love for "The Phantom of the Opera" very clearly on this blog. I've read that novel more times than I can count, I've seen the play on Broadway 3 times (making that 5 times total) and seriously, I never get tired of it. I can't explain it! It's a really well-crafted story and the main reason I want to adapt it is because that beautiful story is almost always butured beyond recognition in adaptations. This is something I want to correct for Phantom Lovers everywhere--and for those of you who only know that there is a masked freak living under the Opera House I can't wait to introduce you to Erik, the Phantom, who I think is one of the most creative, innovative and amazing characters ever created. NOW on to the art....
Let's get started right off the bat with what I know you all really want: Erik and Christine!
|The image on the right is, at least, compositionally, how I want it. A few minor tweaks and it's ready to go on to be finished. Also, I want her dress--she's got a bouquet of roses on her butt!|
Ultimately, I want my adaptation to really capture what Leroux was trying to get across. One of those things was the magesty of Garnier's Opera House in Paris. The Opera House, itself, is a very important character in the book--much the way Notre Dame Cathedral is in Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." And the way the island was a character in "Lost." Because of this it is very important, in my mind, to get to know and be comfortable drawing this space with or without a reference. So I've been drawing it, studying floor plans and cross-sections and watching documentaries and consuming about anything that I can on the subject. Someday when I'm actually at the Paris Opera House I don't think will need a tour guide because I'm pretty sure I know where everything is and it will be really interesting to see how reality matches up with my mind's construction. Here are some of the sketches I've done of the Grand Escalier:
|I know it's not perfect but I'm happy with how it seems to draw you in and up--just like Garnier wanted. (:|
|There are so many things I love about this space, one of them being how very few straight lines there are and how absolutely everything has been embelished in some way. Ahhh, Neo-Classicism, how I love you, so.|
Here are examples of how I want the finished art to look. Though I'm still tweaking things, stylistically, these are very close:
|The left panel is how the color will be: washed out ochre with red as the only prominent color. |
Well, this has been fun but I'm sure I mentioned earlier that I'm on vacation. It's time to take care of that relaxing thing I'm supposed to do now......I'm not entirely comfortable with it but I think I should try it out. I hear it does wonders. :-)
Thanks for visiting this week and thanks for Loving my Phantom art so much!!
Keep coming back for more and, as always, email me with any questions/comments.