I’m reviving an old character from the days when I worked for a company that made laser shows. The company no longer exists, so I can use this character now.I had been assigned to design the Jersey Devil for a show in Atlantic City–I was apparently the go-to girl for monsters even then. This is pretty close to what I drew back then.
I had used this for “research”. There are many different versions of the Jersey Devil, but this is my favorite, a bipedal creature with hooves, a horse’s head, little arms with paws,bat wings and a forked tail.
It just occurred to me that this, too, would be an awesome puppet…but,another, even more puzzling thing occurred to me; what color is it?
When we colored images for laser shows, everything-characters, props, environment–was seen only in outine form, and we would color those lines, but there was no “interior” to color. I can’t even remember what I color I made the outlines on my Jersey Devil. It might have been orange-ish.
My first instinct was to color it “devil” red–bright, candy-apple red, the color of the guy with the pitchfork, y’know? Steve says he could see it in earthy colors like browns and deep reds. I have a sample of an awesome olive-brown fur called “swamp monster”,but it’s rather long. I can only see my Jersey Devil as having a smooth, short coat.
This is definitely something to ponder.