The Windows and Doors of Frown Town

Posted by Andy on Dec 15, 2009 in Design, Sets | Subscribe

The first shot across the bow for the set designs.Now that the heads are getting close to the finish line, I’m starting to work out what the sets for the show will look like. I’d compiled a library of designs I liked, mostly drawn from 50’s cartoon backgrounds, so I sat down and hammered out a quick sketch of the vacant lot where most of the action in the first episode takes place.

As a first shot at it, I think it came out pretty well. I like the lamppost, the tree and the postered wall best. I’m going to have to rethink the dumpster, trashcan and hydrant, though. I decided the windows needed a bit of sprucing up, so I did a test sheet of 8 to see what direction to push them in.

After talking with Steve about it, we decided the buildings needed a different direction. Having them with multicolored walls was fun, but this is Frown Town, so we thought they should be a bit more drab. Brick walls seemed to be the answer to me, but I wanted them a bit spruced up with faded glory. The more Victorian of the window designs seemed like they’d lend themselves to this nicely, so I whipped up a few more detailed studies of different styles.

And some doors to match them with.

I was pretty satisfied with how they all came out. I think I’ll end up going with the far left orange triangle pattern for James’ house and the second from right sea foam with the window set along the top for Geer’s house. Add a little peeling paint and some filth, and we’ve got a place these little munchkins can call home!