The Wasp Woman
Major Project 2021
The final project in my degree, Character Design, involved redesigning a text of our choice. I had chosen The Wasp Woman (1959) directed by Roger Corman. This choice was in part of my love for horror film and my fascination for the female monster. This project involved exploring 3D and digital mediums to create and emulate a film as well as exploring and designing the female monster for contemporary audiences. The Wasp Woman explores themes of ageism, sexism and surviving in a world not built for you. Our main character, Janice, is a woman in her 40s in 1950s America. The owner of a makeup business, the men in her company blame her age for the decline of sales. With the promise of returning to her youth by a mysterious scientist, Janice takes part in a strange experiment involving queen wasp enzymes. It works and she returns to her young youthful self, however the wasp enzymes have devastating effects.
The Wasp Creature
In order to stay young and beautiful, Janice injects herself with wasp extract. The result is a horrifying wasp creature. Her body has contorted and twisted to conform to the will of the wasp extract. Driven by instinct, she attacks and lays eggs inside her victims. She stashes these victims in her nest.
This character was heavily inspired by parasidic wasps.