-The Forest: the forest needs designs for all 4 seasons, spring - summer - autumn - winter.
For the designs of the trees, I would look at images of Scottish woods. The forest needs to look thick and have depth.
-The cottage: 'cute' & quite small... Two floors are needed, a window at the front, and a window at the top of the house needed. A front door needs to be visible, and there could possibly be a back door. Reference: (google 'cottage in the woods' for more)
|Good reference for shape of house, minus the ladders because it needs to be grounded.|
-Interiors: I was thinking tree trunks/forest elements could be considered as part of the design. It will need to be a little darker, and more 'pristine' in contrast with the outside, to represent the girl being subjugated to the indoors. Needs some 'homely' appearance/elements like a fire place, ornaments, photos. What comes to mind is the rooms from Divya's reference video the Taxidermist, the Snow White dwarves' house & the house from Pixar's UP. Key areas: (rooms with windows) front room (living/dining area?), and bedroom (w/ window).
-Rose: I would like the rose to be an unusually coloured rose. I was thinking a 'blue' rose, which is very rare, but actually has purple colour tones. That, or something completely unusual and made up.
Ref: (Blue Moon rose)
Characters: TBC(to be confirmed)!!
-Wife (when outdoors): For the girl designs I'm allowing some liberty at this point in time, but we need to determine what she'll be wearing and her hair and the colours for both of these. For the colours of these clothes think bright colours or pastels, greens... Anything that associates with spring or summer. I think her design should be light and airy, reflected in outdoor/summer wear, and the bright colours. Take reference from real fashion styles, you can branch out into fantasy, but nothing that is too undefined.
-Wife (indoors): This is obviously a design that will relate to the outdoor design, but show her in different clothing. We will desaturate her skin tone and hair colour, as well as her clothing choices, to virtually b&w tones. So colour choices of her clothes should be shades of grey, mauve, taupe... dull colours. I would also love to see her in lots of layers, like what you would wear for winter in an extremely cold country.
Reference: lookbook.nu is a good source for different outfit ideas.
-Husband/Woodsman: He is a working man, so his clothing will reflect his job. He works in the woods so I was thinking a woodsman, or like a lumberjack. He must look quite strong and protective. The main colour choices for his outfit and hair should be blacks, reds/and or blues... to show his oppressive characteristics. The fact that he is tough but also a little cold towards his wife.
-Other secondary characters:
- Animals of the woods
- Dark/threatening animals - reference wolves, wild cats, etc.
Overall colours and lighting:
As discussed, over the course of the story the seasons will develop and change to reflect the changing relationship between the characters. A study of how to light and colour will affect each frame of the story will be needed.