The Art and Making Of Penny Dreadful
The greatest monsters of English literature walk the streets of London once again... or is it Dublin?
Author Sharon Gosling hen Penny Dreadful first drifted on to our screens, reeking of cholera and carbolic soap, it seemed like another grimy fin de siècle drama; Ripper Street crossed with American Horror Story. However, the quality of the production, from conception to the last digital stroke of the brush, has seen it surpass any prejudices, and the horror is shifting up another gear in its second season.
Much of this is down to creator, American writer and Gladiator and
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Available Now Skyfall scribe John Logan, and the power invested in him by Sam Mendes. The lush attention to detail demanded by both run all the way through this luxuriant Making Of, which may be to some extent pieced together from press-kits, but fans of the show won’t be disappointed, with the author’s step-by-step investigation into each major aspect of production, enveloped in an gorgeously embossed cover.
The content doesn’t focus entirely on art and design. The exploration of the techniques used to turn modern Dublin into Victorian London provide plenty for lovers of screen magic to sink their fangs into – and to celebrate the artistry of every costume, poster and splash of Kensington gore feels like time well invested.
Seeking an original take, artist Howard Swindell was tasked with concepting the vampire.