Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gormenghast and inspirations


The above image is a sketch for the production of the bbc miniseries of the Gormenghast books. I came across it yesterday online, when looking for a link to Gormenghast. When I first saw the series and read the books in 2000 I was in my last year in highschool and didn't know yet what I wanted to do. Well I wanted to draw and such, but specific ideas, no.
Gormenghast kind of changed that. Suddenly I had found something entirely great.
And its writer was also an illustrator.
Now I knew what I wanted to be!


Well, Peake was only one of a few chief inspirations in those days. Tim Burton was important to me as well, both his films and his Quentin Blake like drawings



And definitely still my favourite filmmaker: Terry Gilliam. One of my earliest memories of a film is Baron Munchausen on his horse charging through a high window and landing safely on the ground. That image stayed with me for years and when I was 17 I discovered his other films and my imagination was, simply put, blown into a larger perspective.


Later my choice was cemented upon discovering Maurice Sendak's work,
and after that there've been other explosions of wonderfullness, but none on the scale as these first few.

1 comment:

cynthiaatje said...

Hoi Chuck,

misschien dat je me nog kent, je hebt een keer met Harriët gastlessen gegeven en vroeg ons toen een verhaal en illustraties te maken naar aanleiding van een foto die je had uitgezocht. (Ik was het Aziatische meisje.)

Toevallig heb ik laatst nog je scriptie gelezen. Ik ben het roerend met je eens over het feit dat kinderen vaak onderschat worden. Ze hebben juist een heel vrije, open manier van kijken en dingen verwerken.

Ik weet zelf niet meer zo goed waarom ik wilde gaan tekenen, of beter gezegd, ik had vroeger niet zulke specifieke inspiratiebronnen. Al weet ik nog wel dat ik helemaal onder de indruk was van de film The Neverending Story. Daarna ging ik het boek lezen, wat ik nog veel leuker vond.

Cynthia