In this alternate concept design for the The Terror: Infamy, I took inspiration from the look of Ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese paints and woodblock prints, to lend an unsettling, living picture book quality to the history and locations of the show. This concept presents a new direction for the series while retaining the recognizable visual language from Season 1—highlighting the isolation and horror of our characters with sparse minimalist scenes, dark monochromatic colors, and gritty textures.
While researching for this concept, I fell in love with the art of Ukiyo-e, Japanese paintings and woodblock prints - often translated as "pictures of the floating world".
I even came across and obtained this original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) print of a yūrei, a traditional Japanese ghost! Unfortunately, the yūrei’s face was disfigured and ripped off at some point in its mysterious past, but I feel it is poetically appropriate because of the similar way the yūrei in the show also distorts the faces within Chester’s photographs.