Saturday, 17 April 2010
The Terrible Old Man
We have this uni project at the moment based on the idea of "The Rakes Progress", and this is one of the first final(ish) images i have come up with. We have to do a series of six illustrations based on a story of our own choosing. I have chosen an already existing story called "The Terrible Old Man" by Howard Phillips Lovecroft. The story revolves around an old man who lives alone with lots of money. He is very vulnerable, and 3 men decide to rob him. However, they later learn they have underestimated the old sailor, and he kills all three of them brutally.
This first image introduces the old man. He has a globe and a compass to help build connotations of him being a sailor. Waves are also crashing behind him, along with a ship in the background to try and portray this idea easily. The numerous bottles in front of him are due to a detail in the story where the old man talks to these bottles, which all have little lead pendulums inside.
At the top of the image is a caption reading "Fluctuat Nec Mergitur" which is Latin, and translates as "It is tossed by the waves but does not sink". It serves as a foreboding warning about the old man, who is sea hardened, and much more dangerous than he seems at first glance.