When Irene described the story like this, I was hooked:
The story has a great atmosphere. (The writing is just odd enough to feel unfamiliar but not so much to be distracting or overly self conscious.) A urban dystopian setting. A group of young men without enough to do…And then an oddly dressed stranger comes in to give them some direction.
You can read the story here: “Jack of Coins.”
After reading the story I was obviously drawn to the stranger and his uniform. Part band uniform, part military with a bit of face card thrown in. Here are the sketches I narrowed it down to:
Once Irene and I tossed the sketches around and talked about what we felt worked best, the building began.
Here are shots of how the buttons for his jacket were created:
a collection of references for the uniform:
The ArtCraft Theater in Franklin, IN was my inspiration for the theater that needed to be constructed:
Here is the group of “kids” that hang out under the marquee in the story: topping out at about 1″.
Thanks to Irene Gallo for thinking of my work for this project and to Christopher Rowe for the story.
Chris Sickels, the creative force behind award-winning Red Nose Studio, creates an eccentric world we’d all like to visit.