The Art And Making Of Penny Dreadful
Belated behind- the- scenes book
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.