Friday, August 29, 2014

director series 2 - closing prints

The opening of my second solo show at Gallery 1988 has come and gone, but the closing is tomorrow and there are a few new things being released.

First up, my newest silk screen print, "life will find a way" will be available in the gallery(west location) at 11am PST and online at the Gallery 1988 website sometime later that day. It's 12x36, 6 colors, run of 200(150 available at the gallery) and will cost $60.

I really wanted to zero in on the idea of Dinosaurs functioning as a family unit. I'm a father of a two-year-old boy and that has drastically changed the way I perceive that bond.

It's one thing to be somebody's kid, being on the other end of that relationship is the weirdest and most wonderful experience. It feels a lot like tapping into some kind of primal, shared conscious that transcends time and species.

There's also an, "unplucked variant" in which the t-rex family has feathers. These are 7 colors, run of 50 and will set you back $100.

While, not canon in the Jurassic park films, or 100% proven when it comes to Tyrannosaurus Rex, there is a very good possibility most dinosaurs were walking around with feathers.

 I chose to go with the idea of a male with loud plumage to attract the less flashy female. The juvenile has lost his downy coat completely and has starting sprouting feathers.

The original painting of the T-Rex used in production of the poster will be on sale at the gallery as well. Without the matting, it's 10x15 on watercolor paper and I used colored inks.

Also, with any purchase or my work at the gallery tomorrow, you will be entered in a raffle to win a signed and framed variant of Jurassic World! Stroll on in any time from opening to closing and pick something up from the show to be entered in the raffle.

I'll be at the gallery from opening for an hour or so... if you can't find the place, just follow the screams :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jurassic World - giveaway details and a word about composition

2 days ago Colin Trevorrow, the director of Jurassic World, tweeted the debut of my poster and the response is just phenomenal. It got picked up all over the internet and response has been humbling to say the least.

I also got some pictures from the printer, Martin Hammond at Diamond Hill and he knocked the ball way out of the park this time. When it comes to printing my work, nobody does it better.

More details have been released as to how to get your hands on one. There will be a giveaway of two sets(regular and variant) at my Facebook group, given away after San Diego Comic Con.

Screen Print 24x36
Numbered Edition of 500
All will be distributed for free at San Diego Comic Con
2 drops Thursday
2 drops Friday
1 drop Saturday
The first 75 to 100 people at each drop (tbd location) will receive a card to hold their place in line and will then exchange for a print.

Drops will be randomly announced through the below channels. Text will be quickest for you.

Twitter - @JurassicPark
Instagram - @JurassicWorld
Text - Jurassic to 834567

You don't need a badge to get these, they will be given out at locations near the convention center.

11x17 digital print
1,500 produced
These will only be distributed to those who show up for the drops and do not get a screen print.
Our good friends at Legendary will have a small quantity as well so follow them and stop by their awesome booth!

Screen Print 24x36
Numbered edition of 100
These will be distributed online for free exclusively through Jurassic World social channels, Worldwide!
We will hold daily challenges and chose 15 to 20 random winners a day.
Ok, now that business is all taken care of, how about some quick art discussion?

My primary concern when making a poster is to tell a story within the single image. The most effective tool to achieve that goal is careful attention to composition. Above is a guide to how I laid out the composition in my poster to showcase particular bits of the image in the order I wanted.

Most of us read from left to right, top to bottom, so my starting point is there. Even if you don't naturally start there, I tried to force your eye into that spot with the hanging, leafy vine overlapping the orange clouds which leads you to the bigger helicopter(#1).

If you continue to follow the orange cloud path, it will take you to the Raptor's face(#2) and then to the building being constructed(#3). The clouds path ends here, but the palm fronds point directly toward the wheel well where the nest lies.

From the nest, there are scratches on the Ford Explorer that point toward the "04" painted on the side and more scratches lead you to the exposed tree roots which make a path directly to the logos on the bottom.

Besides all of the work that goes into just producing the image, rendering textures, choosing colors, etc., there is a lot of planning and forethought as I try to serve a larger purpose, beyond a striking image. 

I'm beyond ecstatic at the response this work has generated. Thanks again to Universal, Colin, Chris and everyone who has supported me leading up to this. I have a lot more coming in the near future and i hope you all stick around to check it out!

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!