Hey! I suggest, with all the coding tricks on here, copy and paste the function from another page where it works as you want it to? I've got a text file on my desktop of all the useful bits but it's just harvested from different articles!
Sup Belle! I have kind of an... interesting request. I just wanted to know if you would possibly be interested in helping me with a character design. The thing is, I am the suckiest costume designer ever, and I'm trying to come up with what an original character of mine would look like. I've heard some pretty cool stuff about your costumes and from what I've seen, you're awesome at what you do! All I need are a couple tips on how to develop her appearance (not a real costume, just character design) and that would be all! Thanks so much.
Hey, well, I guess, start off with who your character is. Both in the sense of what kind of rolling stock is she, and what kind of personality is she. Then start researching - Pinterest is REALLY useful for keeping track of thoughts and images and creating a mood board. Throw every idea onto a board. If she were a human, what job would she do well at? the way Dinah is a Waitress.
What kind of fashion does she like, is she glam, cute, comfy, slobby, sharp... is she a quiet character? is she flirty? moody? serious? bouncy? That all helps you choose colours for her, her colour palette. Bright strong colours fit a strong personality, bouncy, cute characters work well with pastels. shy, moody, serious, all work better with subdued colours.
Then go back to your mood board, what sort of strong shapes came up in your research? how can you work those shapes into a costume? How can you use your colour palette in those details? Experiment, try different ideas out, copy bits from one idea and other bits from a different idea and mix it all up.
So basically - do a lot of work! But if you enjoy it, it's not really work at all, it's just interesting :D
It is pretty fun! I know who she is and her color palette- orange, peach, brown, black and white- but I'm having trouble shaping her costume. I don't know what clothes to give her :P Gyra is a somewhat two-sided character. One half is a bit paranoid and anxious, the other half (the side that comes out on the race track) is competetive and loud. I kind of wanted her design to be similiar to Buffy's, in the way of the stockings and garters. She's also skirtless, seeing as she is a rare "breed" of female steam engine and is a racer. She's pretty moody and a little bipolar in her self-esteem. Gyra also has square shoulder boxes, but I didn't know how to make them anything special.
I kinda got the sense that Gyra's main color would be peach, but then when I draw it out, she looks like she isn't wearing anything but stockings and garters lol. I tried white, but she looked like EVE from Wall-E. I'm just stuck on the specifics of costume design. It's not intricate enough to believebly be from the show, and she always ends up looking like a robot, not a train. If you have any suggestions on her costume specifically, that would be wonderful. Thanks :D
You need to get yourself more references. She's a steam engine - what sort of steam engine? If she was a human, what job would she do?
Shoulder boxes aren't just square boxes, they represent part of the train. The coaches have coach windows, and often the coaches have the whole coach run across their back, and it's cut away at the front. The National Engines have shapes that resemble the nose of their engine, or key parts of the mechanism on their shoulders. Go look at John Napier's designs, you can see how each piece is copied from the real trains. And then his imagination and genius was how to make those pieces work as costumes!
She's competitive and loud when she's racing - and I presume she dresses for racing. So she'll choose bold colours, big shapes, eye catching but streamlined and efficient. You need those reference images, from both a train and a human world, to pull ideas and textures from.
She's a Cornish steam engine. If she was a human, she'd be working in a mine and fetching water from that mine, before she took up racing. Cornishes apparently have domes, which I was thinking of putting on her shoulder boxes. I just looked at some more pictures and they're mostly dark colors, so I think her dominant color will be brown with orange and peach highlights. John Napier's designs are definitely genius, but I can't seem to replicate them. She's a character from that fanfic posted on my blog page, so when I reference her past, that's what I'm talking about :P
Her old design, before she got half-scrapped (she lived!) was white, silver and green. Very streamlined, and her shoulder boxes were rounded. I changed her colors from green and white to brown and orange when, in-story, Wrench repaired her. The thing is, she isn't much of a racer anymore, so I was thinking maybe of giving her a more "comfortable" costume, hence the garters and stockings. However, she still does not wear a skirt because she just isn't used to wearing them. I was thinking of making her current shoulder boxes like the face/nose of the steam engine. Still sort of round, but less streamlined and smooth than before.
Heyo Belle! I was wondering if you might change the Rusty profile picture to one of Kevin or Marcel, just because the current one isn't the best quality and Kevin and Marcel are both easily recognizable. Thanks!
You don't need to leave two separate messages on the same topic :D But yes, it's not the clearest picture, no, I'm not going to look for one specific actor but the best picture to capture the character!
That's so true, just like with the make up or the general character, the actors can really influence them! And some things are difficult to discribe, too.
I'll try to scan them, but the colour sometimes doesn't come out well with my scanner... definitivly excited for Jeffrey Socia as Electra - I hope he'll be on, I saw him in May and really liked his Electra (and Rusty, too, I didn't really like him before actually seeing him in the show live).
I guess it's quite an effort to come over to Germany. I know it is for me, but I live "only" 400 km away from Bochum.
Hi Belle, I reseached the 2010/11 Bochum cast, but I came to the conclusion, that must be the one, which is listed as the 2009/10 cast here, which would result in the 2009/10 missing, but I found that one, too. If you don't mind, I would edit it! :)
Please do! We'll need to go through the individual actors' pages to change them too, but it's worth getting it right! I know there's a bunch more errors too. Paul Jay Dudley played Electra at some point too?
I'm sure there will be a new one! sometimes it's ready by the Open Day, but not always, so I guess soon? It might be worth sending a message to the Bochum production to ask? I think they have done one every year recently, apart from when they brought out the books for the 20th and 25th years?
Today I saw a Starlight ad in front of a supermarket when I parked my car . And to several onlookers' great astonishment I voiced: "'s that you, Mykal?" And he was.
So when I arrived back home I googled Mykal Rand and - surprise! - found this wiki. I DO like the whole idea.
Judging the entry dates you have only just started putting the articles together. Inevitably there are people missing from my time with Starlight in Bochum. I must still have several years worth of show programmes from 1990-1995 abouts, because that's when I started my career in theatrical costuming. Perhaps I can support your project a bit.
I'll check on this site next weekend or so... sorry for being a bit on the undecided wether to sign in or not yet.
I think I'll have to go and dry a few very nostalgic tears now... oh, and please: When Danny Metcalfe left in Bochum, they had fabulous Freddy Mortine in his place as Greaseball until Drue Williams came...
Hi Joy! Thanks for getting in touch! Yes, I've just started getting the cast lists and names filled out - I think I've got almost all the London information I have up now, but I know there's holes in the timeline! I've been collecting programmes for years, but there's a lot of information missing from the official publications - like you said with Freddy Moretine! I'm going to get through the German lists, then the US casts.
The German fans have been great about archiving the cast lists, so the printed information is pretty much all out there, but it'd be wonderful to have the personal knowledge of what ACTUALLY happened and when! Also if you spot any instances of people having used different names - some are obvious and I can catch like Claudia Bradley and Claudia Bradley-Rouse are the same person, but if I didn't know, I wouldn't have thought Oliver Thornton and Rhoe Thornton were the same.
Also, no harm in registering under a pen name :D I quite understand not necessarily wanting to let google know exactly where you're posting!
Polar bear? Fabulous! given some of the mascots I've made in the past, nothing surprises me anymore, tho I don't think a dance company would have enjoyed my work - far too heavy! Hope it all goes well :D