Saturday, July 22, 2006
Victorian Era illustration, possibly by C.H. Bennett, an intriguing concept for Rana the Goat Woman's horn-like hair style.
I don't know how it is where you are today, I've been hearing tales of dramatic storms and power outages in New York and St. Louis, typhoons in the Philippines. Here in Los Angeles it was about the hottest I've seen. The meat thermometer that I use to gauge temps read about 100 degrees--inside the place--all day. Yep, me and Him stayed in, even though we don't have AC, listened to the rolling screams from the carnival across the street and the neighborhood backyard fiestas that samba into the night here during summer months. We walked around with frozen washcloths atop our heads all day. I even tied icepacks down my back as a low-tech cooling device. Strange clouds, strange color of light at sundown, thunderstorms, flooding, eerie, foreboding feeling in general. Might just be the extremity of the weather. How is it with you?
I did manage to make a good start to continuing collaging Halfland reference images. I completed Rana's page. It's another oversize sheet filled with pages of special books, magazine and web finds, drawings and vintage photos found along the way. These pages are vital to my realizing Halfland characters, sets and props because, even as I envision the film in my mind's eye, it is invaluable to tap into existing images that spark the recognition of what it is in me.
The top section of Rana's page (snapped above) shows the sensibility of the character in her cottage set, domestic, wise, content, earthy. On the right are pictures denoting her manner of dress, costuming and horn/hairstyle possibilities. The middle shows other Satyrs and similar Chimera-like creatures (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_%28mythology%29) as well as real goats with boatloads of natural personality. Bottom left references quadruped hind legs and on the right hoof details.
I thought I'd feature this image from it. It is an interesting, older, wise, robust, woman that alone would be enough of a guide for me to follow to nail the Rana character.
Everyone take good care...