Entrants for this contest were asked to "put yourself in James' shoes and show us where you go to escape the real world! Illustrate the magical landscape of your daydreams and let us see where your imagination takes you."
One of my favourite things about this movie has always been the merging of live action film with stop motion. So what better way to put myself in his shoes than to create a little poesable doll version of myself! My daydreams are always about great adventures inspired by the stories I've always loved. Most of which feature pirates. I wanted to show how important books can be. They've inspired, influenced and helped me and so many others to create our own worlds. This is my tribute to that idea of books being a magical thing that anyone can be a part of.
For the doll the face and hands are painted sculpey on a body made of wire and tin foil, the clothing is felt, linen, silk, wool, and thread and the book was made out of paper sewn and glued together. The background images were made from painted watercolour paper cut and glued together on cardboard to give it dimension. Then more cardboard was layered to make it pop off the blue painted backdrop. Then I photographed it outside in natural light and cleaned up the picture in photoshop and added some softening to the edges with the dodge tool to give it more of a dreamy quality to it.