Ok, so the group chose the queen's lair sketch and I'm moving forward with that.
First step I like to do is a value study. Values are super important, especially in doing print work with a limited palette of colors to choose from. A big part of what I find fun about screen printed posters is puzzling out how to achieve the most depth and detail possible with 3-4 colors to choose from... starting off with a strong sense of my values helps a lot.
This will wind up being printed on black paper. Right now I'm thinking I may be able to get away with 3 colors... blue, white and a pale orange... but, I think I'll try to add in a blue metallic base color to really get the walls and eggs and aliens looking shiny and slimy. Choosing colors is an agonizing process for me and something I do mostly at the very end... mostly. For now, I am mainly concerned with composition and value.
Speaking of composition, I think I'll move the queen forward quite a bit to close the gap between her and Ripley... I also wouldn't mind seeing more of her egg dispenser thing and those bitchin' bone support beams.
Next up, drawing stuff!