If making a film
He is a middle aged man, with a fixed frown, with underlying anger.
He would be wearing formal clothes, a suit, not a police uniform.
There is very little furniture in the room, mainly a large desk and a window.
Collecting visual references
I used the “Wartime Scrapbook” compiled by Robert Opie and “Britain in Pictures 1940’s” for a general feel of the era. I then collected specific images of offices from that era and then images of men in suits.
I made a moodboard for colours thinking of utilitarian.
Making the colours moodboard was actually very helpful as I used the actual materials in making the model.
I struggled initially to work out the dimensions of the window in the wall. I didn’t use a sketchbook but started by playing with a piece of paper and then a bit of card with a hole in it , a light source and a little bottle to represent a man. I really liked the effect it created so I next made the cardboard walls and window.
I had to find a backdrop for the window and then make the figure.
I used a piece of polystyrene as the armature and then used coloured fimo. I made the jacket out of black paper. The desk is a brown paper-covered box and the telephone is fimo. I tried a variety of angles before I was happy.
I didn’t want the final image to look too obviously a model as I thought it was a distraction from the serious nature of the book. I tried out various filters in photoshop and liked the “cutout” filter as it produced a very simple, slightly abstract image.