For my major project, I have create four model boxes from my own designs for the opera production ‘Rigoletto’. The opera is set in Italy and follows the Duke’s Jester as his life is turned upside down by a curse placed on him. His years of shielding his daughter from the world end up with her death in his final attempt to protect her.
Before starting my models, I carried out in depth research into the 16th century in Italy. This included looking at the buildings, clothing and furniture at the time. Combining this research with my notes from the script, I designed four sets for the performance. When creating my models, I used a mixture of procion dye and water colour pencils to hand paint highly detailed backcloths and wings. Mountboard was used for the set pieces, which added a new level of detail to the models.
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