Monday, July 21, 2014

Jurassic World

My newest work is a teaser poster for the latest in the Jurassic Park series of films, Jurassic World. It's 24x36, 7 colors, 1 metallic and printed on black paper by Martin Hammond at Diamond Hill. The regular has a run of 500 and will be handed out during San Diego Comic Con.

For more info, Text JURASSIC to 834567 for updates on when and where to pick up the poster at SDCC... it also may be a good idea to follow @JurassicPark on Twitter and @JurassicWorld on Instagram.

The variant will be an edition of 100 and will be distributed online... I'm not sure how that will work, but I do assume you will want to be following @JurassicPark on Twitter. There will also be a charity auction for the original art produced while making this print.

A couple of months ago, Universal Pictures contacted me out of the blue and asked if I'd be interested in working on a teaser poster for Jurassic World. I normally don't do posters for films I haven't seen, as I like to nail the feel of a movie, or at least an iconic scene, in one image. Chris told me I'd get access to to some of the concept art and maybe even get to chat with the director, Colin Trevorrow to get a feel for what the film is going to be straight from the source.

So, being a huge fan of the Jurassic Park series, I decided I may as well dive in. It took some time to get a look at the materials from the movie, so while I waited, I decided to try and come up with a concept on my own.

I'm a huge Disney nut, so the name, "Jurassic World" immediately conjured "Disney World" in my head. Along with everyone else who follows movies online, I saw those concept art photos that were floating around and noticed a monorail going around the island, which further solidified the connection in my head. The first idea I came up with was a take on a vintage Disney World ad, incorporating their iconic, "monorail swoosh" into my design. In order to get families to feel safe going to this park, I figured any sensible advertiser would show kids happily interacting with baby dinosaurs and tourists snapping pictures of a curious Brachiosaurus.

When I eventually did see the actual concept art, and exchanged some emails with Colin, it became clear to me this first idea wasn't going to work. Also, I found that as a Jurassic Park fan, the image didn't really stir up much excitement for me... it also didn't help that the idea felt thematically a bit too close to Kevin Tong's awesome Jurassic Park poster.

After milling over what I'd like to see as a fan, I decided to try and incorporate elements from the previous movies and try to connect how they have led up to the newest story in the series. Jurassic World takes place back on Isla Nublar,  where the park from the first movie failed before it even opened. I wanted to subtly establish the setting, the theme of nature overtaking technology and that a new park with a new story was being built on what had come before... I also just wanted a cool shot of a Raptor.

Above is what I came up with... A Raptor having built its nest in the wheel well of the crushed Ford Explorer that fell out of a tree, almost killing Dr. Grant and Tim in the first film. In the background, the new park is slowly beginning to take over the island. I submitted the idea to Colin and he liked it, with a few additions and guidelines from Mr. Trevorrow, I was off to the next step.

I enjoy drawing dinosaurs, I drew them a lot as a kid... I know the canon Jurassic Park Velociraptor is way too big, and is more likely a Deinonychus, but whatever... Amphibian DNA can do wacky things. I drew this on big paper, 15x20, knowing that when I scanned it and shrunk it down I'd get a lot of implied detail out of it. This is my first 24x36 poster and I wanted to make sure not to wuss out on the fidelity of the image.

While I worked on my Raptor drawing, I started work on the background, figuring that would be the element of the poster most open to scrutiny as it contains elements from the new movie. I drew the main building I noticed in all of the concept art, figuring a construction crew would want to establish a secure base camp right away. Once that building was more or less complete, the crew could then clear the rest of the forest and start building other structures as well as lay down the monorail track.

I had helicopters air lifting dinosaurs, I figured either they were stragglers or injured dinosaurs that couldn't be effectively herded. Colin suggested I used the harness they used for the T-Rex in Lost World. Which I thought was a really cool callback.

I took out one of the the helicopters because the arrival of a single dinosaur is treated as such a tense event in the previous movies, that it seemed like poor planning to have two arrive at once.  I did bring the stegosaurus back in the variant, though.

I also started blocking in the jeep and I removed the color white... I figured I would need to replace the white color(which wasn't adding much of anything), with a muddy yellow color to get that Jurassic Park Ford Explorer looking more on model and recognizable.

Boy am I glad I added that muddy yellow color. At this point I had slaved away getting the details of the Ford Explorer right and rendering tons of leaves. I just had to draw a few more plants stuck in the undercarriage and that was that.

I really have to thank Colin Trevorrow. He was an invaluable resource and I can't thank him enough for being extremely available throughout the whole process. I also want to thank Chris Johnson at Universal for bringing me on board for this project in the first place... it turned out to be a real dream come true.

Best of luck to everyone going for one of these in San Diego and online. Nobody could've predicted that I'd have collaborated directly with a studio and movie director on a teaser poster for a Jurassic Park film. That's, that's chaos theory.

Friday, June 20, 2014

look at this stuff, isn't it neat?

My latest poster is called "look at this stuff, isn't it neat?" and it's a 36x12 lithograph on sale here until June 30th. They will be printed on nice sturdy paper and have an overall UV gloss varnish to really make those colors shimmer and shine... it will give the image extra protection. So, this isn't your average litho.

When Acme asked me to be part of Disney inspired series of posters, I jumped at the chance. I have a long list of Disney prints I'd love to do and I saw this as a great chance to get my proverbial foot in the door.

I've wanted to do this Little Mermaid poster for a while now. It's one my top Disney films... Glen Keane and Mark Henn delivering an amazing Ariel performance, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken redefining the Disney Musical... the beginning of the so called, Disney Renaissance.

I couldn't help but hide some stuff in Ariel's grotto... the biggest of which hidden right in plain sight... don't see it? Here:

Congrats if you caught it without the guide. A friend of mine couldn't see Prince Eric until I drew this for him, so I decided I might as well share this so no one is left out.

I'm happy enough if this is the only Disney poster I ever get to do... but I wish I could be part of that world.

After the sale ends, they will be gone and not reprinted again! No variants, either. So, click on the picture below and grab one while you can!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"i'm here to rescue you" Tatooine and Endor variants!

Today, two variants of my Star Wars poster, "i'm here to rescue you" went on sale here. Star Wars out on May 25th, 1977... so, as tip of the hat to that date, they will be on sale for 77 hours and cost $50 each.

 The Tatooine variant is the same image as the regular, minus the glow in the dark layer. It features neon ink for the orange in the sky and metallic gold in the foreground.

The Endor variant is the glow in the dark layer from the regular version, converted into a full color image and printed on black paper.

I also was interviewed by! You can read that here. Dan Brooks did a great write up and it's well worth reading.

Since I'm writing a blog post anyway, I figure I'll go ahead and share some process shots:

Here's the original sketch I submitted... I followed it almost exactly, but I did mess around with the idea of having a sandcrawler in the background to help esatblish some depth. In the end, I replaced that with R2-D2 high-tailing it over to Obi-Wan right under Luke's nose. The water vaporators did a fine job establishing depth in the final.

I submitted the GID at the same time... which also stayed fairly true to the final. I originally had a speeder bike, as it helped say, "This is Endor, everyone." I also imagined Luke had to get Vader's body to the bonfire site somehow... Vader is heavy, after all. In the end, I figured he wouldn't have strayed too far after landing the shuttle Luke used to flee the Death Star II... especially after figuring out that dragging Vader along the smooth floors of the battle station  is much easier than the uneven terrain of the forest moon.

I also submitted a color rough, just to give them a better idea of what I had in my head. It was also a useful tool to predict the number of colors I would use in the end.

Once again before I sign off, the variants are on sale here and will continue to be on sale until Wednesday May 28th at 3pm PDT. Don't miss out if you want one, or both!

Friday, May 2, 2014

i'm here to rescue you

My latest print is titled, "i'm here to rescue you", measures 12x36, 7 colors with neon, metallic and glow in the dark inks:

Like most of the folks who were born around the same time I was, I am a huge fan of Star Wars. Over the years I must have bought the original trilogy at least a dozen times on VHS, DVD, Bluray... not to mention comics, toys, legos, video games and so on. At the center of it all was always the movies, which I still can't help but watch fairly often.

I wasn't too interested in trying to squeeze the entirety of even one of the films into one image. Rather, I chose to focus on one character, Luke. He starts off the first film just wanting to find out more about himself, where he came from and what he is capable of.

By the end of the trilogy, he's reconnected with his family, redeemed his Father, brought about the end of the Empire and brought balance to the Force. It's quite the journey with a very bittersweet ending, Luke only truly connects with his Father, Darth Vader, seconds before he dies in Luke's arms.

Luke is meant to be the gateway character for everyone to follow into the adventure of the movies. To me, his character's main motivation is rescue... it's the driving force for most of what he does in each of the movies. He rescues Leia even though he didn't need to. He ditches Yoda and his final lessons in the Force to go rescue his friends on Bespin.  He rescues Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt and then turns himself over to the Empire to rescue his father from the dark side of the Force.

Another of my favorite characters is R2-D2, so, I wanted to include him here. I always found it funny that Luke was so wrapped up ennui while looking at the double sunset that he failed to notice R2 high-tailing it across the vast, open expanse of the Tattoine desert.

Here's a picture of the actual print I took while signing these over at Acme Archives. They look amazing in person, the light orange color in the sky is a neon ink and the light purple in the foreground is metallic.

They will be on sale HERE on May 4th, at 1pm PDT. $60 and limited to one per customer. May the Force be with you!

Friday, April 18, 2014

the flowers are still standing

I've always wanted to do this... My newest print is based on one the very favorite, most-watched movies in my lifetime, Ghostbusters! It's 20x30, it's 6 colors, has glow in the dark and green neon ink.

It'll be part of Gallery 1988's huge art show for the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters! The show will be traveling across the country, starting in New York on the 19th. For full details, including future tour dates and how to pick up one my prints, click here!

If you can't make it to the show on the 19th, it will also be on sale online for $40 at 11am EST here.

Here's what it looks like when it glows in the dark:

There will also be a gallery exclusive, slimed variant, which also glows, in a very limited quantity. You'll have to make it out to one of the shows to grab one of those, though... the variant has another two screens and is a "slimed edition". So, another green and then I added a spot gloss varnish over the added slime areas, and over the slime on Venkman... the effect of the green overprinting the image and the gloss varnish just won't show up in jpeg like it will in real life, but this will give you an idea:

My first copy of Ghostbusters was on VHS, taped off of TV with the commercials badly edited out in real-time by hitting "pause" during the original recording.

I wore out that tape eventually and my next copy was a used VHS from a video store with the big, puffy plastic clam shell case. I watched the movie like crazy as a kid, even though a lot of the jokes whizzed right over my head and I got sort of freaked out when Louis Tully got trapped outside that fancy restaurant.

I definitely got caught up in the whole Ghostbusters craze and it continued throughout my childhood. I watched every episode of the cartoons, ate the breakfast cereals, begged for whatever toys I saw in the store and I continued to re-watch that VHS copy over and over as other movies fell to the wayside, Ghostbusters remained a constant to this day.

I also played that awful Ghostbusters game on the Nintendo Entertainment System... I'm 100% sure the composition of this poster was directly influenced by countless hours spent staring at this screen:

I don't think I ever made it all the way up the stairs...

It's a hugely quotable film... the amount of times in my life that I've said, "...a couple of wavy lines?" must number into the thousands, and that is easily the one I've spouted the least! I named the print after my most-repeated quote from the film, usually out of context and after I've witnessed or performed some kind of major screw up.

I'll most likely attend the Los Angeles show, see you there! I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it! LET'S DO IT!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

serigraphia discordia UPDATE

The 23rd is upon us! Tomorrow the sale of my first subscription service goes live, So I thought I'd give a bit of an update.

There is only 12 hours left to go for the Polyfather/Polymother position, the ebay link is HERE and is already nearly $5000 if you can believe it!

The links to buy each of the lower tiers will appear in this post tomorrow morning, shortly after the ebay auction ends. Chaplains first, and once they are sold out, the link will be removed and after a short period of time, the link for the next tier will replace it... and so on until all spots are taken and the madness can begin.

The Goddess Prevails.

Friday, March 21, 2014

of course it's a good idea

Bottleneck Gallery is releasing a small, 4x6, giclee handbill as a companion piece to "new eden". It's called, "of course it's a good idea".

They will cost $15 and you can buy them HERE until the Sunday at 11:59pm EST.

100% of all profits will go to my charity of choice, the Ronald Mcdonald House. My kid was born 2 months early. It was a very difficult time, the first time I saw my kid he was held up, fresh from the womb and promptly passed through a window into another room... the next time I saw him was about an hour later. He was tiny, beautiful and that overwhelming sense of new responsibility hit me right at the same time I realized he was engulfed in wires, tubes up his nose, down his throat and an IV that just looked too big for his tiny arm.

It was the most scared and helpless I had ever felt.

My newly larger family just wasn't in great shape. My wife had a major surgery to recover from and my kid was facing an unknown amount of time in the hospital. Ronald Mcdonald House offered to put us up in their facility across the street once my wife was discharged so we could always be nearby. We didn't need to take them up on it, since we lived nearby, but the place was very busy... We were very lucky to live nearby one of the best hospital for premature babies in all of CA. A lot of the babies in the same wing as my kid had been flown to that hospital to receive care, which means a lot of parents traveled hundreds of miles to be with their kid. Most all of them were being put up, for free, at the Ronald McDonald house.

My kid reacted very well to the care he received and we were all headed home in three weeks. Most kids are there for month and months under 24 hour care. Their parents are already stressed out, their newborn babies are seriously ill and they are taking time off of work to be there for their children... Ronald Mcdonald house takes a huge load off their shoulders by providing a place to stay. It's a great charity.