The Hidden Valley is a youth opera project created and directed by Webber Design client OperaSonic. It follows the story of Dewi, who enters into a Hidden Valley and falls in love with the river princess Ariene and her father…After being cursed, Ariene turns into a different animal each year, and he spends his life searching to find Ariene once again to break the spell.
While only a minor project, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed as I got the opportunity to try digital painting, something I had been interested in doing for a while. During the conceptualisation phase, I really wanted to “hide” something visual in there, in the vein of Olly Moss’ clever illustrations. In the end, I chose to have a dramatic vista of the mountains of the valleys bathed in light — With the “hidden” element being a gestalt crow, the bird that Ariene becomes first (and the narrator of the opera).
This project was worked on as part of Webber Design.