First shot Hero at 18 before tweaking details of clothing. Shirtsleeves were cut from inside my duvet's thin seams - the only white cotton available during the initial lockdown!


Working in lockdown with limited access to materials was a challenge but I had to be resourceful!
Working in lockdown with limited access to materials was a challenge but I had to be resourceful!
The Hero at 20
The Hero at 20
The Hero needs to age from 14 at the start of WW2 to end as a 20 year old soldier. Working from photos of my stepfather and his army photo
The Hero needs to age from 14 at the start of WW2 to end as a 20 year old soldier. Working from photos of my stepfather and his army photo
Modelling the first head from air-dried clay
Modelling the first head from air-dried clay
Testing poses and scale
Testing poses and scale
Utilising found / existing materials: modelling wire, a broken test armature, cotton wool, foam and clay. Head baked Fimo and painted using acrylic colours
Utilising found / existing materials: modelling wire, a broken test armature, cotton wool, foam and clay. Head baked Fimo and painted using acrylic colours
3 ages of the Hero: 14, 18 and 20
3 ages of the Hero: 14, 18 and 20
Making hands: the Hero has big, artisan hands so this was a challenge to get the character into the modelling
Making hands: the Hero has big, artisan hands so this was a challenge to get the character into the modelling
Using tights material, liquid latex and wet wipe material for arms
Using tights material, liquid latex and wet wipe material for arms
Photoshopping the Hero into the setting of railway arches supported by a rig and magnets
Photoshopping the Hero into the setting of railway arches supported by a rig and magnets
Concept art for young Hero
Concept art for young Hero
The young Hero from the rough cut, clothes made from paper
The young Hero from the rough cut, clothes made from paper
Researching battle dress
Researching battle dress
The Hero pauses before entering the fray of D-Day
The Hero pauses before entering the fray of D-Day
Original image from film pitch
Original image from film pitch
Storyboard frame of Hero on D-Day
Storyboard frame of Hero on D-Day
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