I did loads of development work for this project so it may take up quite a few blogs.
I firstly experimented with character designing using water colours and my research on the people in the story to inform and construct their personalities effectively through my work. I did a lot of reading up on the details of the characters so I could get to know them.
This was my very initial development work (shown below) that I completed in my sketchbook. I started picturing the very beginning of Ada’s story with the characteristics of her parents. Then I moved on to more substantial scenes in Ada’s life for example the moment when she first met Charles Babbage the man that introduced her to his marvelous invention that spurred her successful work on the Analytical Engine, creating the first ever computer programme.
Lord Byron (Ada’s Adulterous Father). He liked the company of both women and men in his bed chambers.
Everyone adored Lord Byron, his poetry made him ever more romantic and dreamy.
Anabella (Ada’s Mother) in the top right is seen taking baby Ada away as she leaves Lord Byron for good.
Anabella Ada’s mother dispised her husband, his actions ashamed her.
Anabella LOATHED her husband. She made sure that Ada was to never grow up and become anything like her father Lord Bryon. Annabella was sure it was that poetry that was driving her husband into insanity that she deemed him.
Use of red bed tapestrys to show the lust and passion that Lord Byron arroused.
Anabella saw lord Byron and his occupation as madness.
Angered glance from Annabella to her husband’s actions.
His poetry and his affairs deeply angered Annabella.
At the company of both women and men.
A divide in the marriage and a disliking for one another grew till they eventually split for good.
Handsome poet Lord Bryon in the portrait here that Annabella hides away from Ada and forbids her to ever take a look at her father.
Annabella “I will never let my daughter become like you, an insane monster”.
Character designing Annabella. I presented her here much too friendlly and gentle looking as the woman is actually quite stern and unpleasant in nature from what I have read about her.
Here I was holding up two different pages of drawings layered over eachother so that the light can make them one image. This was just an idea of overlaying work.
Younger Ada in the background getting back on her feet with determination to get back to work after her latest fall in health. To the bottom right is when Ada’s math tutor Mary introduces Ada to Charles Babbage.
Here I was working more on the scene where Mary Ada’s math tutor introduces Ada to Charles Babbage. These two minds revolutionised the world.
Using my phone I could capture new perspectives.
Here I emphasised the two main characters in the scene by making them in colour and everyone else in black and white.
Here I was comparing a black and white to one with colour based on the same scene that I imagined from my research on Ada’s story.