On fast glance you may wonder why this post is full of the same drawing, but on closer inspection you will see small changes and tweaks – almost like Spot the Difference! The first rough sketch below shows the children’s house – we decided to work out the look, feel, colours, and materials for this house first, before applying the same rules to the other houses in the village.
We’ve shown you where the children live and sleep – but have left the home of the star of the film (Beastie!) until later due to a number of revisions. As with the village, we began by drawing inspiration from the book’s illustrations – the colour, layout and design is very similar in this early piece of concept artwork below:
The children’s bedroom is a location that does not exist in the book – the only visual indication that the children are in their bedroom is one of them peering out the window at the beginning of the book. We decided to add the bedroom scene in as a means to introduce the children, andtheir fear, plus to contrast their warm, safe bed with the cold, danger outside.
This post is a collection of various sketches, concept designs and 3D mock-ups, taken at different times during the pre-production process. The reason is that the layout of the village has changed many times – sometimes for aesthetic reasons, and more recently for plot and story reasons. The concept below was one of our first sketches, taken from an early storyboard – the houses are laid out higgledy-piggledy to give the shot (and the village) a tight, cosy feeling. This was influenced heavily by the village in the book, but we soon realised it wouldn’t work the same in a 3D world.
One of the key scenes in the book takes place downstairs, where the children attempt to hide from the Beastie. As this room is one of the main locations in the film as well, it was one of the first that we began laying out sketching.