I now wonder if nyarlathotep ala the mythos in this comic's world was an homage to pitch, the dark man who is so amused at the horrors around him as he shares them all with others? ...alright that is now in my head canon!
*Recently watched people play "Alone in the Dark (1992 game)*
From J. Hartwood's diary: "February 7, 1925. The man in black (I called him that way) showed me his true colors.
...His terrible smile will haunt me until my last breath. ...his piercing gaze paralyzed me with fear. I'm sure now that hideous mask that leaves me at the edge and makes my nights in hell that cruel gaze is, I know it is, Death's gaze."
Hmm...Sounds like Pitch to me! (For some reason, this sentence and this comic fits so well! Great job! )
I have looked at much concept art and early sketches for characters; several of which I greatly enjoyed. Punk-Jack was very excellent, as was the more detailed versions of Pitch. The final form for Pitch was incredibly dull compared to what they could have done, I believe.
Some early Jack designs were amongst my favorites. Some early Pitch too (the skeletal-ghostly one...ah, it would have been so great!). The animation may have been more costly on Pitch if they had gone with the more shapeless form. The amount of fx needed would have been heavy.
I realized that about Pitch, as the effects would have been quite expensive to create a true horror of a boogeyman. As it was, it was merely a shadow of the former boogeyman, which is fitting for Pitch's current place in life.
For Jack's prior designs, while I was in great favor of them, they seemed very punk and more young adult than childlike. His final form, lithe and young with a simple outfit, would appeal to the younger audience the movie was aiming for. Punk!Jack would have needed a darker plot, and would have been perfect had the aim been directly for an older audience. I am a fan of fictions which age Jack slightly and bring in that punk look and action into his character. Much like Nico de Angelo from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Wow. Just...wow. I've seen some of the old designs for Pitch, and this is pretty awesome. I imagine I'd find it freaky as hell if I saw him/it in person, but for right now, I'm glad there's a screen between us.
i saw Shane's work on your tumblr as well as in the artbook! i really liked the more wispy version of Pitch. i thought it allowed him to be more sneaky and shadow-like. you've reproduced Shane's version here very nicely.
Shane did many great versions of Pitch (and a few other artists also contributed during pre-production). I liked one of his descriptions: "...playing with more ghastly and ghostly forms for Pitch. Made up of strands and fumes of darkness. More of an entity than a human. A nightmare in physical form. I pushed hard to not just make Pitch a guy in a suit."
Well that makes a lot of sense! Loved how this comic chose to explore Pitch as a thing and not a person. I also liked the versions which portrayed Pitch as a giant towards Jack. Makes me imagine a giant spider playing with a fly that has just entered its web.