here i’ve just started to experiment a little using fine liner and water colours. colour wise i’ve tried to stick to a red and muddy green/black palette, but this is only for experimentation and seeing what feel i get from water colours.
and below are some of the concept ideas for the front cover i’ve had. i’ve got a few more in my head that ill upload after I’ve sketched them out, but here is the start.
rather small, but the idea for this cover was inspired by the silhouette/cut if effect. in the forefront of the image there is a lady of the night with her skirt kitchen up high enough to make the silhouette (who carries a knife) taken notice.
in the ‘from hell’ letter sent to the police supposedly from jack the ripper, there was also half a kidney, jack mentioning he’d eaten the other half and it was nice. this concept is to have a clearly deranged man sitting up to the table with knife and fork at the read to eat a raw kidney. this concept features the face of the ripper, which i’m still not sure i want to see in my image.
another idea that i had was to display all the entrails and organs out against a gritty stone background. this would be quite disgusting and while there would be shock value involved the ripper never did this kind of thing to his victims, so i’d be using artistic licence.
this idea was to have a fine detailed drawing/etching feel to the pice and overlay it with red/green liquid photography. the final effect is in my head, and that probably the best description of it i can come up with at this stage. will keep working on it.
another plated kidney concept, this time from a birds eye view and a shadow silhouette hovering above. i think this work better the the other kidney plate concept as there is no ripper face to worry about.
this one is my other favourite idea at the moment, and invokes a close up of a preservation jar with half a kidney in it and the menacing silhouette of the ripper in the background. i considered even out tin writing material in this image to give the idea he was just about to write the ‘from hell’ letter.