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I have just finished studying Entertainment Design Crafts at Cleveland College of Art and Design where I specialised in the design and creation of props and set for film, TV and theatre.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Minor Project...

Alright so, it's my third and final year at CCAD. For my final project I decided to re-create Frankenstein's Monster however, I want to accurately re-create him; keeping him as close to the original description as possible. I want to stay clear of the Hollywood-Boris-Karloff version we have all come to know and love as Frankenstein's Monster and take it back to it's roots and keep it as close to Mary Shelley's original version as I can. For those of you who are wondering what the fudge that is, there is a great illustration by Theodor Von Holst that dates back to 1831 which can be seen on this Wikipedia page:

Go have a look! It's pretty awesome.

So now I have to start to design my monster (MY monster - how cool is that!) However, I wanted to create an un-finished monster. I want you to be able to come in to the room and see him lying dead but nearly alive on a table with open areas of his body on show for you to see. Muscles and bones, veins and arteries, tendons and ligaments - the whole package.

I decided for my Minor project I was going to design everything: the monster, the table he was going to be lying on, the setting... everything! So here are a few pages from my design sketch book (my research is in my first sketch book but you don't need to see that, it's pretty self explanatory) and hopefully you will be able to see where I'm going with this:

I created a wax seal stamp from my designs I created on Photoshop. Once I had picked my design, I used Illustrator to create the final one which could then be cut out on the laser cutter out of thin plastic. Once I had the plastic stamp all stuck together (which was back to front so it would stamp the right way around) I created a silicone cast of it which I could then cast Resin and metal powder in to to create the final stamp which I was pretty pleased with.