In August, Scott Thomas asked if I’d help with the set design for “A Christmas Carol”. He’s directing it for the Saint John Theatre Company and it will be performed at the Imperial Theatre November 17 – 19, 2011. He was looking for a set that brought the story closer to the audience, and that could be used for both indoor and outdoor scenes. I know that there will be a few minor adjustments, but here is what I gave them to start with. The maquette is 1/2″ to 1′. I am looking forward to seeing the show!
Set Design Maquette for "A Christmas Carol" November 2011
Through Innovatia (yes I have a day job and this is where I work as a Graphic Designer) I was fortunate to be able to work on this fun and fulfilling volunteer project. The company donated over 800 hours of volunteer time to re-do the library, from book drives, to re-cataloging the books, to stripping and sanding and repainting the bookshelves and repainting the walls, and finally a finishing touch of some mural work.
The large open book is actually a corkboard.
Through work, I’ve spent a large amount of my time over the past month working on a very fun project. The company that I work for (Innovatia) has chosen to spend their charitable efforts updating a library in a local elementary school. This was a very dreary room before teams of folks repainted the walls, painted the bookshelves and updated and added to the book collection. They asked me if I could do a bit of mural work there and I had a lot of fun working on it. The grand opening is Thursday the 22nd and I can’t wait to be able to share more of this project after that. In the mean time, here is a peek at a small part of a very large project…
I‘ve been invited to play in another D&D group – they’ve been playing for a couple of years and were looking for a ranged striker. I created a fun character – a Tiefling Warlock named Trichinosis Carcenogina Hyacinth (although she prefers to be called Trixie). She was raised by Halflings so she seems oddly friendly and cutesy, but she’s got a temper and can deal out boatloads of (mostly fire-based) damage.
The group that I’m joining plays with minis, so I went on the hunt for one that would aptly represent my character. The illustratons in the official D&D books show some pretty cool rams horns:
but the mini’s that are available looked a little odd:
So I picked up the Arcane Heroes 2 package and took the main body of the female Eladrin Scorceror and the forearms of the male Half-elven Warlock, and glued them together, then added some Fimo horns and painted it all…
Thankfully I had some great help with set painting from Tim & Lynda & Sally & Sally’s boyfriend. We got the wails and wooden setpieces painted in a couple of evenings (in between rehearsals on the weekend), and then during rehearsal on Monday, I got the ship’s agent’s sign done. It’s been a busy week…
I‘ve been working on this over the past couple of weeks and I’m so glad to be done. It includes one 3/4 sized ship that holds 80 chorus members, the NB Youth Orchestra, acting areas, some props, actors, projections on the sails, 2 large video screens, and indications of the audience. (All at Harbour Station on October 23rd, 2010!)
A coworker’s cousin (who is a fan of character boards) was getting married on a farm and so I was asked to help create a farm-theme board that included their dogs, a sunflower, & their cows. I spent an evening sketching out the concept and then 4 evenings at my coworker’s place painting the plywood. After this, they finished it on their own by cutting out the faces and cropping the top. I’m please with how it turned out – I think it’s a great idea for a wedding, and the characters still make me giggle – they are so cheesy!
Finally. I finally finished and will give these to Jay and Lisa tonight. I painted portraits of their Dungeons and Dragons characters for them. This is Galen Huntsridge and Caerdhwyn…
Lisa M & I had some fun on Friday evening as we decorated T-shirts with the following joke:
How many actors does it take to change a lightbulb?
One to change the lightbulb and 5 to stand around saying;
“I could have done so much better than that!”