http://www.houseofazrael.com/azrael-gallery/images/angel_of_death-2.html) This form of death is seen as the bringer of relief the end of pain and of suffering. A juxtaposition to the depiction of the Grim Reaper. Many different novels and films have used the Skeletal form to portray death such as 'The Hogfather' (2006) and 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
Another area of research I took was various symbols carved into cemetries during the 19th century. There were many symbols or plants or animals that symbolise death or the idea of life being cut short.
I wanted to create the darkness coming or leaking from behind the screen. The overall design consisted of a hand grabbing at a draped piece of fabric (symbol) with arms of willow branches winding out from behind the screen. In all I thought this initial sketch too fussy and crouded. I was trying to consider an idea that is not generic or obvious so I decided to continue with this later. One feature I did include on the screen were mirrored panels that had been smashed or cracked. Mirrors can be beautiful pieces to work with for many reasons.
Using these images and some understanding of the novel I sketched out what I considered Ivan to be so scared of. The is a big theme in the book of age and death vs youth and health. Ivan believes the only one who understands him is is young son. The 'it' I have created encompasses all these desires of youth also linking to a very important quote in the book "Il faut que jeunesse se passe" or "Youth must have it's fling" a rule that Ivan once applied to his way of living. The child in the sketch also has visual decay eating away at the side of Ivan's injury the pain that is constantly eating away at him.
Even though this character would not be entirely visible by drawing it it is helping me as one of the designers to understand Ivans fear... which in the end is what the room has to denote.
Before carrying on with my own ideas I waited until the next group meeting not only to run my ideas past everyone else but to also take note of what Rob (other member or team death) had come up with so I could carry on by merging our ideas together....