The black area indicates where the mouse basement will be.Test Shot 2.Test Shot 1.Sketches:
Here is the ballroom without the characters. I added the plaster walls and stained the floors. I went crazy with gold-leaf paint in this set: the stairs, the columns, the piano, and the harp are all gold now. I decided to crop the balcony so the staircase looks like it goes up even higher.
Click on this one to see it without the lit candles. This shows how much light these tiny candles give off.
This is the wood frame that my father gave to me based upon our sketches. The columns were coiled with twine to get a more interesting shape before they were to be plastered.My father laid an actual parquet floor, and I stained it.
We made window shapes out of black construction paper so we could figure out where to cut the openings.
My father spent more time on the curved, floating staircases than on anything else. He cut all of the the wood, wet it, shaped it, and then let it dry with the right curve. It was delicate and time consuming work.
The tapestry was cut up to make smaller panels.I painted the piano gold.
The costume is based upon my dog, Miss Jenny Poodles. You can see Bat's ears being used as feet. This is a winter-time scene. The icicles are a clear glue. I used clear blue gels over the lights to get the cool, blue color outside.Rough collage sketch:Sketch:
Here is the final hockey photo with snow added.Here is the same hockey scene before I put in the falling snow.Rough collage sketch:Sketch:Older pencil sketches.
The Castle Exterior
The Powder Room
The Dining Room
The Aesop Room