GALLERY

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Find out more about how we built the world of 20 Storeys Down. From early concept art to mood pieces that set the tone for the whole story... here's a look behind the story.

Big Ben

Big Ben

The first page of Issue 1. This is beautiful and immersive art that sets the tone for the whole series.

Foggy street

Foggy street

London is a modern city, but a few wrong turns and you're on cobblestones prowled by Jack the Ripper.

Adding the voices

Adding the voices

Bringing the script and the storyboards together is really fun. For the first time you can see the pacing and the story working together.

Marc's first impressions

Marc's first impressions

When we met Marc he was the obvious choice for our lead artist. This was his first piece to add some London grime to Jack. Nailed it!

Early iteration

Early iteration

Here Jack seems to be going through a steampunk / goth phase. We decided this wasn't quite right, but is fun anyway.

Bolas

Bolas

Jack is tooled up with weapons of stealth, all of which have a firm foundation in history.

Setting the mood

Setting the mood

An early piece to define the mood and feel we wanted for the comic.

Early concept piece

Early concept piece

We asked quite a few talented artists to bring Jack to life. Here's one that really caught our eye.

Original Issue 1 cover

Original Issue 1 cover

This was the original cover for Issue 1. Marc did some great work here, but since it's set underground we went with the design showing him in his natural environment.

Page design

Page design

Not only are we committed to making every frame beautiful, but how it all works on the page is important. Here we explore how best to introduce Jack in Issue 1.

Inside Jack's hideout

Inside Jack's hideout

Setting a key location inside a clock tower gave us plenty of scope to add beautiful backdrops.

I've got the key...

I've got the key...

A key to an abandoned tube station. The front door to darkness below London.

A bubble of green light

A bubble of green light

Confidently moving through the tunnels, Jack is surrounded by a soft green bubble of light from his lion's head cane.

Navigating the maze

Navigating the maze

Above ground is a warren of streets and alleys. Below ground is much the same with tunnels, galleries and chambers. Jack knows his way around both.

London villains

London villains

Only Bond villains wear suits. London villains are tooled up and always ready.

London at night

London at night

Jack is free to venture out above ground after nightfall. Its history can be as dark as the night itself.

Friends and enemies

Friends and enemies

Sometimes it's fun to add your real-world friends in. This is Gary now recast as the villain Roth.

Costume development

Costume development

We wanted Jack to look distinctive but also be not stand out too much in a crowd. How do you get a man armed with a sword to not draw attention?

Know your enemy

Know your enemy

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." - Sun Tzu (孫武)

Read all about it!

Read all about it!

Clive is a newspaper vendor and an old-school Londoner. Works all hours, all weather at his newstand.

The Baroness

The Baroness

Her life is a a daily battle against prejudice, sexism and corruption, but she more than has the stomach for it.

Sword skills

Sword skills

Jack's sword cane is an important part of his set-up. We worked hard to get it to fit with his overall appearance.

Stepping in to the light

Stepping in to the light

In a silent underground world, stealth is king. By the time you see Jack's blade coming, he'll be going and you'll be gone.

Final concept art

Final concept art

Jack had quite a few looks before we were finally happy with this as the final concept.

Graveyard shift

Graveyard shift

You never know where the night may take you. Often it's somewhere you wouldn't want to be.

Storyboarding

Storyboarding

Getting the art beautiful while staying true to how London really looks mattered. After all seven million Londoners know exactly how their city looks.

Sometimes things blow up

Sometimes things blow up

Being a brave soldier as a young man, Jack is used to danger... but no-one likes being too close to an explosion.

Strong from all angles

Strong from all angles

A great piece by lead artist Marc Olivent. It's important Jack looks confident from every side.

Somebody's watching me

Somebody's watching me

Every darkened corner could hide a predator.

Character building

Character building

A concept built in 3D by an early artist.

Designing a whole world

Designing a whole world

We took our time to produce beautiful art. Even though it wouldn't appear in the comic it kept us focused on the mood.

JOIN THE UNDERGROUND

We'd love you to get even closer to the world of 20 Storeys Down and there a loads of ways for you to join Jack's fight.

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