Greetings dear Morlocks! We continue with the next step in creating iLovecraft 2: The Colour Out of Space, after choosing the story, script and first sketches. The next step is the illustration and choosing color schemes.
In the specific case of this story, the first problem we encountered was How to represent a color, which according to Lovecraft, does not exist? Obviously it was an impossible mission from the beginning. But in reality, the motivation that led us to adapt this story, was not to have to faithfully represent the chromatic abomination, but the atmosphere of anguish that is generated by and around this entity. Those are shown throughout the story, and we only see its effects. The story was too good to dismiss because of the impossibility of faithfully re-creating the “color.”
“One of the first ideas that came to mind was to illustrate the whole story in black and white, and give color points only when the ‘chromatic monster’ appeared on the scene. However it does not appear too often and ultimately the story would have been too gray and monotonous. So I finally decided to create a color palette for ‘color’ inspired by one of the most spectacular (and in some ways, extraterrestrial) phenomena that the human eye can observe: the aurora borealis. “- David G. Forés (illustrator).
One of the peculiarities of illustrating an iClassics is that, when coloring the illustrations, they have to be presented in layers, in order to be able to generate the three-dimensional effects (or Paralax) to divide the characters into segments and then to be able to animate them. This is one of the most difficult parts for illustrators; on one hand it requires extra work that extends the time you spend on each illustration compared to the time you would dedicate to one for a physical book, and on the other hand, all the separate pieces must have the same atmosphere and illumination to achieve harmony. At the end illustration of an iClassics is a mixture of an illustrated book with small brushstrokes of traditional animation.
Once the illustrations are finished, they move on to the animation and programming team that will start to give life… a process in which the illustrator has to be involved because if it is not planned well, it will need more modifications and redraw some scenes to get the animation. But we will see that in the next entry. Cthulhu Fhtagn!
I loved the first installation and am looking forward to the second! Thank you so much for providing us all with much needed visual depictions of Lovecraftian dreamscapes. Lovecraft, at least in my opinion, is often times a turgidly verbose and archaically Victorian on the one hand, while yet simultaneously replete with very loosely defined ethereal otherworldly beings and abstract concepts on the other. Lovecraft’s approach to chronicling his own imagination has often bewildered me. So, two cheers for all of you fighting the weird fight to bring Lovecraft to life anew for the digitally-driven millennial generation!
Thank you very much Philip! We keep working on it 😉
i love iclassic on my ipad.
hope i will get this one soon (in french please..)
and it would be wonderfull to create other title of sherlockholmes or agatha christie for example …
Thank you for your positive comments and suggestions. iLovecraft2 will be available in French, just like the rest of our collection. If you go the menu at the bottom of the page, there is a language option available.
We appreciate your continuing support and can assure you the new iClassics Lovecraft will be at a whole new level!
Hi iclassics, I really love how hardworking you guys are. I am a big fan of you. I have bought all your apps and shared them to others.Hope this will help you all:).I really love the ipoe series . I know this is a big favour to ask but can you make ipoe 4? Anyway,keep up the goodwork and best of luck !
Thank you very much for your comment and your support of our collection! We definitely agree it would be worthwhile to do a new iPoe, especially since Edgar Allan Poe is the author dearest to our hearts (have a look at our latest blog entry). But first we are focusing on creating a greater variety of authors in our collection, all also worth paying attention to! We´ll certainly be back for an iPoe4 though, and are already thinking about what to include. How about you? What stories would you like to see in the new volume….?