The Art And Mak­ing Of Penny Dread­ful

Be­lated be­hind- the- scenes book

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Re­lease Date: 17 April 176 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Sharon Gosling Pub­lisher: Ti­tan Books

Tardy tim­ing is the achilles heel of this com­pan­ion to Show­time’s slice of blood- spat­tered Vic­to­ri­ana. One can see the sense in hold­ing it back a lit­tle while, to keep, say, the fi­nal- episode re­veal about Josh Hart­nett’s char­ac­ter un­der wraps. And maybe now, with ex­pectancy build­ing for sea­son two’s May air­date, is a prof­itable time for re­lease. But it feels odd to read ac­tors de­scrib­ing their char­ac­ters this long af­ter the se­ries de­buted.

Still, Sharon Gosling ’s peek be­hind- the- scenes is in­tel­li­gently writ­ten ( ex­pect phrases like “ne­go­ti­at­ing di­chotomies”). It’s also pleas­ingly in­for­ma­tive, thanks to ed­u­ca­tional di­gres­sions about Vic­to­rian so­ci­ety.

The likes of showrun­ner John Lo­gan and pro­duc­tion designer Jonathan McKinstry pro­vide some worth­while in­sights. What re­ally comes across is the at­ten­tion to de­tail. Take a set fea­tur­ing Do­rian’s col­lec­tion of paint­ings: once prints were made, all 164 were painstak­ingly brushed with glue to lend them a brush­work tex­ture. It’s the art that proves the real draw, though. Most of this con­sists of de­signs for sets, which don’t ex­actly set the pulses rac­ing, but there is a hand­ful of sex­ier stuff, par­tic­u­larly the con­cept art for the se­ries’ vam­pires. Ian Ber­ri­man To keep the truth about Ethan Chan­dler’s al­ter ego un­der wraps, the char­ac­ter was re­ferred to as “Brian”.

Touch­ing up the most hand­some fella in town.

Early vam­pire con­cept art.

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