After creating my characters and experimenting with different ways to illustrate them, I began to work on the places and world they inhabit. I played around with using collage, dip pen and ink and watercolour to bring the world to life, all of these can be see below. The places in the Land of Lost Objects included the Junkyard Tips where the boy first ends up in the story and where all lost objects first arrive, Toy Town where many lost toys have made a home for themselves, China and Porcelain Town where the Queen resides in her palace, The Valley of lights, a place full of floating lights close to the Wastelands which border the land and where things are lost permanently. As with the characters, I really enjoyed creating the landscapes and backgrounds and coming up with the various names for them, one of my biggest influences was Jim Henson’s fantasy film Labyrinth, which I first saw as a child. This influence and this project as a whole creates a real sense of nostalgia for me because it involves a young child on a journey through a fantasy world, a common theme in classic children’s fantasy literature and film, and I would hope that it would create that feeling for other people too.
Here are the collages taken from my sketchbook, some of which are quite messy but they are only ideas. They were created from photos I had taken at Jacob’s Market. Once I had created ideas for the backgrounds and setting, I then began to add the characters into them. I also painting some of the background and added detail to the photo collages with dip pen and black ink.
Here a few simple dip-pen drawn backgrounds with photocopies of my earlier character designs collaged over the top. This was just another simple way of seeing the characters in their environment.
Finally, here are my watercolours of the backgrounds and settings, which are also my favourite of the background ideas. I really like the colour in these paintings, particularly the multi-coloured sky which I added to create more of a fantasy, colourful world. The only thing I would change would be that next time I would paint these much larger because they are only A5 and limited the amount of detail I could incorporate, however these are still initial ideas and I am very pleased with them.
As well as the work above, I also drew a map of The Land of Lost Objects based on an earlier sketchbook idea, this time though, I drew it on top of an existing map.