At this point we call her the Gypsy Carny, but she’s also been referred to as the Carny Lady, the Smoking Woman Carny, and the Gypsy Woman Carny. Our inability to settle on a name is due mostly to the fact that she has only one significant scene in the film, in which she’s breastfeeding and smoking at the same time. And then she joins a major brawl.
Never mess with carnies.
We thought having a Lady Carny (yet another name) was a good opportunity to go Old-World Carny (another) by making her a gypsy, which led me to reference images of European Gyspies, including the ones you see below.
You may have noticed that one of those pics is not like the others. Another characteristic of the Gypsy Carny is her, oh, how shall we put it; her “drooping front carriage”. We always pictured her as a kind of gross, bra-less hag, with no truly feminine characteristics, other than the gratuitous “war paint”. Working with a female designer, I have to admit that I felt a little self-conscious about describing this aspect of the character. Thankfully, the internet is replete with images of drooping front carriages, which is where I found the picture in the lower right corner. (I pushed, successfully, for Anna to go droopier in the drawings. Anna’s a trooper.)
Here are some earlier sketches:
And here are some pics of the final model:
We love you, Carny Woman Smoking Gypsy!
Again, I can’t reiterate enough, you really don’t want to mess around with carnies, because you never, ever, wanted to find yourself on the receiving end of what is known as “Carny Justice.” Don’t even ask what Carny Justice is.
You don’t. Want. To know.
The Little Carny has become a bit of a favorite design amongst some of the folks at 2HC headquarters, including myself, just because it is a really funny damn drawing by Anna Wilkenfeld, our designer. There is a lot of surly confidence in that look, and it really encapsulates the overall vibe we wanted for the whole carny troupe. And yes, this guy comes swinging for Two-Headed Cop with all he’s got.
The reference for the Little Carny is pretty straight forward. You combine the slightly creepy little clown carnies from days of yore:
With this guy:
Simple alchemy in the talented hands of Anna. Here are some more of her earlier sketches. These are all fantastic, but unfortunately we only have room for one Little Carny:
And here’s the little fella in stunning 3d!
Part of the clan of carnies that engage in fisticuffs with Two-Headed Cop, although this fella doesn’t fare too well due to some obvious fighting handicaps.
Check out the super creepy image I sent our designer as reference:
Not so much the stiltwalker, but that inflated guy lurching after him. What the hell is that?! It’s awesome is what it is!
Here are some earlier sketches from Anna:
And here he is fully modeled:
This may be the last or our character profiles for a while, as we’ve either covered the rest or I’m keeping them a secret for now. We’ll have plenty of other updates, though.