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Faust: Spirit of Fire by taeliac Faust: Spirit of Fire by taeliac
Done for my Costume Design class, Spring 2007-2008
Watercolors and ink

For our final, we were able to pick a script to analyze and design for - I choose to do Goethe's Faust, because I'm crazy like that. And, I originally choose to do it in a steampunk style, but I didn't want to do crazy robotic arms and whatnot, so it wound up being stylized Victorian/fantasy moreso than anything.

:pointr: In the beginning of the play, Faust is trying to summon and tame a spirit. What he winds up summoning terrifies him to no end, and it is only tagged as "spirit" in the text, and later is described as a "spirit of fire" that is "what wove the fabric with which God created life".

Taking those two metaphors into it, I believe that the spirit would be best portrayed not as a ball of light or something like that, but as a woman of flames. Her hair wraps up like flames, her cloak is in varied shades of dyed sheers that is tattered like flames.

She is wearing a corset to emphasize the bust and the waist, and a bustle type swag on the hips - this was in mimic of ancient fetishes of the creator goddess, with a larger bust and very large hips.

In order to make her even more dramatic on stage, she is on stilts that raise her up another foot and a half, so she just towers over Faust. Also, her bright colors are in direct contrast with Faust's more muted pallet, so she'd stand out even more.

Oddly enough, it was the best play I have read or seen in my 3+ years in a Theatre program, probably because it's so wholly unpractical to put on - it was written to be read, not performed, I'm certain.

Faust Designs:
- Faust (sketch)
- Spirit of Fire
- Mephisto
- Demon Mephisto
- Mephisto Traveling
- Margaret
- Evil Spirit in the Church

Feel free to use the design on your own OC designs if you want - just shoot me a link when it's done, and I'd appreciate a credit in the description, too...

Design (c) Samantha Lemieux 2008
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hello! I have submitted your work here to the #TheatreArtists group. I hope you approve. Please consider posting more theatre artwork!
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Saberquill Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I like the cloak best... Although I might emphasize the bust a little more.
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Tiadora-Love Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
design me a costume!!!! <33
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SuperSpongeNova Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
You really have a knack for costume and clothing design. D: IMPRESSED I AM.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you very much :love:
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
i really like how the cape is like the wings and it makes it look really cool not just like a superhero cape u know XD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I know exactly what you mean - I'm glad it didn't come out that way!
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
hehe ^_^ :orange: to that
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
oh man this constume is fantastic! Love the wings- it looks like a firebird frankly.. gah.. I'd totally wear it (minus the stilts as I am clumsy!) lol
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:lol: I fail with stilts - I can barely walk in heels as it is!

Thank you so much - I'm glad it looks firey ~ I'm thinking of doing something really similar to go with my phoenix mask ^______^
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Yah.. I totally kill myself everytime I try to walk in heels myself.. such a shame cuz they're so darned cute!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know!! :hug:

I'm in the same boat with you on that one!
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shutterbugmom Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
really pretty Sam!! all of these drawings are really great! not only can you make beautiful outfits but you can draw wonderfully as well! :clap: great job on them all!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug: Thank you!

I haven't done much actual art in a long time, I was really happy to get to do them :glomp:
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shutterbugmom Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
:hug: you're welcome!! :D
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Bezmo Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
gorgeous <3
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:iconjinxzett:
Jinxzett Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Oh, you'll catch me using one of these one day. You just wait. :D
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, awesome to hear! I can't wait :glomp:
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FutureCarrotLab Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see these just for the interaction and contrast of costumes~
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know! I think it would be really cool to see on stage :D
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FutureCarrotLab Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Would be beautiful! :D
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J-Cleo Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
I'd definitely love to see this in production just for the stilt-walking spirit. I can't imagine how hard it'd be just walking on those if you're not trained in them let alone acting on stilts.

I can imagine if theatre-Faust summoned her.
Faust: *gapes*
spirit: Yes, gape in fear!
Faust: Holy crap. They're the size of your head!
spirit: "... ..."

Sorry. I'm in a silly mood tonight.
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:rofl:

A lot of actors actually do know how to walk on stilts, at least basically ;P If not, I'd kill to be in on those rehearsal practices, because I'm evil and like torturing actors :D
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gracifer Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, so beautiful! I like that it's stylized but still so elegant, and the colors are nice and vibrant. Wonderful interpretation of a fire spirit.
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! Thank you! I don't consider design a strong point of mine, but that really means a huge amount to me :hug:
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gracifer Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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artemis5096 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Wow. The shaping of her body is just amazing.It's just fantastic. I also love hte stilit idea. Have you ever seen Wicked? It's amazing stage directions and props as well as effects. That and Phantom of hte Opera both went all out. If this were a stage production, they should totally use your designs. I would so wear that outfit, I mean, if tripping over myself weren't going to a be a problem, since I can barely wear heels...
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
The corset, the colour, the shape - fantastic. Would you dip dye to get graduated colours?
I'm imagining layers of chiffon... :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Probably ombre dying for the colors, or just many, many layers of slightly different colors of sheer fabric. This whole show would be a nightmare for a costume/dye shop to handle! I know I cannot stand working with that much sheer, and that's basically all this would be :giggle: I'm a horrible person for just that reason!
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Janes-Wardrobe Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
But it would look great - and you've had to deal with exacting designers ;)
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Emmaretta Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
OK... That one is realy great ^^ i love it :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, thank you very much! I would love a chance to get to make it someday :D
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Emmaretta Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
I'm sure that it will be fantatsic juz like your others works ;) :D
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KC-Whitestar Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
I'd wear that. :nod: I really love the flow.
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do, too - but making it would be hell, because of all the sheer fabric XP But,it would be so purdy!
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KC-Whitestar Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Yeah. It would be very purdy! but sadly, the fabric would be a pain in the butt :nod:
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melyanna Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another costume I am sure would look amazing live!
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kironomi Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
She looks like the female form of a phoenix.
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know, I hadn't realized, but she really does! Thank you :glomp:
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ladylucrezia Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Nifty, I like this one :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, it's the corset + color, isn't it ;P
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ladylucrezia Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Yeppers :D
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