An on-going, self-directed project
'Imagined' is a project I started to visualise various re-imaginings of popular character, usually from famous literature; Alice In Wonderland, Pinocchio etc. With each image I write a little explanation of the 'imagined' back story to help give a little insight into the inspiration behind each piece. Keep checking back for new updates.
So, imagine the Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland took over and started turning Wonderland into a huge factory with the sole purpose of creating ridiculous quantities of tea. With this tea he would fuel parties - parties so vast that when they got out of control they threatened the very existence of Wonderland. Then imagine the only one who can save the day is a a steampunk rendition of Alice!
Not many people realise this but the original 'cricket' character from The Adventures of Pinocchio is actually killed by the puppet when he tries to give him advice, only to come back as a ghost which then haunts Pinocchio giving him more advice.
So, imagine that rather than coming back as a ghost, the cricket dwells in the after-life plotting revenge against the puppet that murdered him. By harvesting the souls of other dead insects with revenge on their minds he manages to grow to an almost human form which he then uses to claw his way back to the land of the living to act out his vendetta against the wooden felon.
- So, imagine Puss in Boots started to get lazy - once he'd helped his master acquire a pretty lush estate and the woman of his dreams there was very little else in the world that bothered him. Many a day was spent dozing in the sun until one day a group of rogue mice, hungry for revenge banded together and inflicted their vengeace on his very namesake. That's right, they stole his boots! The mice then flee from Europe to America in the hopes that putting an ocean between them and Puss he wouldn't even dare follow. When the mice arrive in The U.S they catch wind of a gunslinger who sounds scarily like the very feline they're trying to escape. Their fears are confirmed when the locals describe a ginger vagrant, going from town to town in search of his stolen footwear, and very soon they come face to face with the one, the only - Puss with Guns!
So, Imagine that Humpty Dumpty didn't just have a 'great fall,' imagine he was pushed - assassinated to be more precise. And imagine that all the King's horses and all the King's men didn't even try to put Humpy back together again - it was massive cover up. You see, Humpty wasn't exactly your average wall dossing, nursery rhyme character - in fact, he was vaulting the wall of a maximum security facility at the moment of his untimely demise. He had been imprisoned for a lifetime sentence, he'd committed unspeakable crimes of violence and devastation and showed very little remorse - imprisonment was the only option.
1000 years later te world is one the verge of a massive nuclear war and the, now globally powerful, weapons company: "King's Men Industries" has one last ace up their sleeve that could swing the war in their favour. That's right, they're finally putting Humpty back together again.....
So, imagine that, following her narrow escape from the wolf's cluthes, LIttle Red Riding Hood grew up. She was kept up most nights by nightmares filled with ravenous wolves chasing her through dark woodland, these dreams were so vivid that even when awake Red Riding Hood became a nervous wreck, a social outcast afraid of her own shadow. Hidden away from the world Red Riding Hood focused her efforts towards world domination knowing that, if she was in control, she could exact her revenge on every wolf that ever lived.
Through dark acts and sinister trickery she worked her way to the top and once there she ordered all the woodland to be destroyed or sectioned off. Gradually the world became an industrial wasteland and, now that they were out of a home, every wolf had to go on the run. But with new laws in place and a special 'Riding Hood' task force hunting them down - where could they go?
Because of the actions of a single wolf and the blind rage of one little girl - it quickly spiralled into a genocide of the most violent kind.
- This one is actually an interpretation of an urban legend that is currently doing the rounds right now, I'm pretty sure it was started by the internet - but the beautiful thing is that 'The Slender Man' as he's now known is practically a force all his own! Thanks to so many people jumping on the band wagon and colouring the story with their own views - no one knows if he's real, a myth or just something thought up as a funny rumour. I honestly don't care - if you like a character then believe in them :)