As there will be two different worlds in my story, one is the dark real world in Grey-Walled City, the other one is the fantastic worlds built by the puppets, I applied two different visual strategies. For the real world, I made 2D paintings and the major colors are grey, black and brown and orange, resulting in a depressing atmosphere. For the fantastic land, I created 3D paper- cutting and used vivid and bright color, leading to happy atmosphere but also slightly in chaos and unreal.
My inspiration came from the amazing Japanese Animation called Pet Shop of Horror. I learn from it the character and scene design, Chaos control as well as atmosphere construction. Furthermore, it inspires me to create some high-quality illustrations which could show my reflection of psychology.
Here are some paintings (watercolor):
"There is a metropolitan where there is no plant, animal, playground or joy, but only factories and skyscrapers, few people have ever heard of this city, and citizens there call it “Grey Walled City”. Children there, at first, all have wildest imagination about magical things and they could see a fat woman dressing in black floating in the air. But once they grow up, they lose their curiosity, just like their parents. "
"One day, a curious little girl came to buy puppets， Mrs. Fang showed her some buttons and told her that once she put these buttons on the puppets, she could order anything from them. However, there is a rule, she must remember all the names of the puppets she activate, something horrible would happen if she forgot one name."
"The girl wished to have a natural garden, so the puppets built her a garden where there were lots of precious plants that died out a long time ago. Some tropical plants are so big that the girl could hide herself inside the flower bags."
"The terrified girl rushed to the Chinese temple to ask for help, but she felt more scared when she saw, inside the dark room, more than one hundred fat ladies who wearing in black are floating in the air, all in same masks. One of the ladies came in front of the girl and told her that it was she who sold her the puppets , and she was a puppet."
I am quite satisfied with the final outcomes and I want to continue to create more pictures, making a book which contains less words and more drawings.