Friday, March 24, 2006
Sketchbook 1 - Creature Features
Hopefully through the course of the Blog I'll be able to put a few images on here from my sketchbook. These, for example, were the precursors of the BITENECK BEATNIKS, a group of kids with the collective title CREATURE FEATURES, the whole concept revolving around Universal Studios Monster Movies.
The first trio of drawings were originally going to be a trio of Victorian sleuths but by the second set of illustrations the idea had transformed...
“CREATURE FEATURES” follows the exploits of a small group of children who solve weird, other-worldly and downright wacky mysteries in between school, comic-books and general adolescence. Combining all the key freaky elements of Universal Studios monster movies, The Twilight Zone, The X-Files and 50’s sci-fi movies, with a large dose of juvenile fun, the stories revolve around milkshakes and Martians, pinball and pod-people, B movies and killer bees! Our kids aren’t ordinary kids though. They’re… umm, different. They wear masks…
Via a fancy dress Halloween party that goes bad, our heroes are changed forever into the creatures that they were dressed up as- a werewolf, a vampire, a mummy, the monster etc. Their lives, irrevocably changed. We have the Jack Russell character in his earliest incarnation. Accompanying him is Violet Hampshire (Vampshire), the coolest beat girl from school. Then there's Eugene Sankey, the Frankenstinian creation, and Jacqueline Hyde- the unwitting lab-rat of her insane father, Jacqueline has the unfortunate habit of transforming into a rampaging monster!
It's still a concept that I'd like to develop, so if it piques your preverbial gimme a shout. Oh, it's a game idea as well. So, I'll try and get sketchbook pages on here is the long and the short of it.