Evolution of Mary’s design.
When i started this project, i had made the age old caucasian’s mistake of drawing her first as white. this was mostly due to the original story, based in the 50/60′s and all i could see was this waif like pregnant woman with curlers in her hair, looking mournful. It was when I questioned the time i would base it in, that i questioned their ethnicity. Why couldn’t i base it on a non caucasian couple, or inter racial? what if one of them being black and the other white could extra facet to the story? what if race played a part in Mary’s survival? what if she could use it to her advantage?
One of the most common interracial relationships to be mocked is asian woman/caucasian man. The stereotypes permeated through films and media often suggest that such relationships are not made through love but through gain and perversion, the young asian woman dating the caucasian man for his money, the male for his companion’s youth and body. Mail order brides, internet dating and scams. Couples of this type are questioned of their true feelings, feelings considered lesser due to these stereotypes. Couples even experience violence from others due to their partnerships. In Britain this is common, and its fucking terrible.
I want to show Mary and her husband sharing a good relationship, meaningful and comfortable, not just two people using each other for gain. I want to show their banter, their interior language, how they fit. But as soon as the police show up, we see the nature of them. Instead ignoring her ethnicity and getting on with it, they question and pull at it, giving Mary a nice niche to wedge her innocence in. I think i’ll have the head inspector, patrick’s mate, play a sort of white knight role, that Mary places him in. She almost announces him as her hero, forcing him to act so, not only using her mask as a hapless foreigner but also as a pregnant woman, vulnerable and weak.
Any way, back to design. I wanted her design to be simple, something that i could animate easily, so short hair and a simple tshirt and leggings seemed the best. She’s in her civvies, comfy clothes. She’s in her 7/ 8th month, big as a house and probably doesn’t wear shoes that much due to cankles. I think the t-shirt is his, it’s too big to be hers. I based her features on the Korean Actress Doona Bae, her face is inquisitive and ready to be shocked, not a perfect k-pop mask. I wanted to have a birthplace for her, to give her a proper identity, even if the police don’t know. I didn’t want to just make her “asian” and make up the features. drawing from an actual reference has aided me in getting her fetaures right. I need more practise in drawing characters outside my own race and I’m often worried that i don’t achieve it, but i am working on it and i’m pretty proud of the final design.
Mrs maloney is roald dahls, but this design is mine