Here is a little an design i did for an intended magazine cover and pull out poster as a homage to the 80s horror film sequels.
Based on the original artwork for Sleepaway Camp 2. i sexed it up some more incorporating one of the sexiest sequel scream queens 'Linnea Quigley' (Return of the living dead) as the girl, and jazzing up the sack of goodies with Phantasm, HellRaiser, A nightmare on Elm St, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Childsplay and Texas Chainsaw Massacre plus a little Leprechaun hat for good measure!
As the bottom was such a key component to this piece I drew a lot of reference from Terri (Kirsten Baker) from Friday the 13th, part 2 and the 80s phenomenon of the 'Long Butt' as written about perfectly here in the awesome 'Uncle Tnuc' blog!
Who wears short shorts ??!
Posted by The Dude Designs at 20:23
This is another poster for the brothers Freeman's Polluted pics (the guys behind Cell Count and The Weather Outside).
For this poster i wanted to offer them something different and create a more minimal conceptual design which would explain the vibe film, illustrating the story line in an iconic way without using actors, so I took more of a classic conceptual approach inspired by the work of Stephen Frankfurt (Alien, Rosemary's Baby) So a big nod to his genius! especially with the frame treatment!
As the plot goes...
"After moving his family to a small Northwest town, Pastor Dan Bennett begins to suspect that all might not be as idyllic as he first imagined. Strange spiritual obsessions begin to unearth age-old secrets, and personal threats await anyone who dares confront them."
My original intention was to depict wanted a section of the all American homes wall. with an upside down cross to show granny being a Satanist sort of vibe, but i felt it was a bit too busy
and didn't capture the right atmosphere.
I really like the dark texture and feel of wood panelling so felt that perfectly fit the right tone, then also in my research i stumbled across theses different Marry and Jesus Religious wall plaques which where perfect as they summed up the religious confrontation of the films story and would allow me knock it back the image more to just bare basics and just let the simple icons of Mary, Jesus and the upside down cross play off each other.
Here is the artwork for Kotch Media's German DVD/BR release of the 90s comedy/super hero/action flick 'Mystery Men', Staring a mammoth amount of stars..
Ben Stiller,William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Kel Mitchell (you know Kel from kenan and Kel), Paul Reubens (Pee Wee), Wes Studi, Greg Kinnear and Geoffrey Rush...
Theres a host of others but space was limited and i didnt want them all vying for space too much, just squeezing in the central Mystery Men was a challenge!
Kotch Media are the same people who released Super which i worked on, that time i created a sudo classic comic book cover design, so this time around I took my inspiration more from modern comic book covers to create the layout, so placing the character line-up on an angle and having the title treatment at an angled perspective as well paying homage the X-men and Avengers.
We wanted to lead with Ben Stiller as his character Mr Furious is the main focuses of the story, so i had his rage bursting out and Geoffrey Rush does a great turn as the big bad camp villain, he's got such a rubber expressive face in this and i really wanted to bring that out in the image as well.
Pretty much 90% of the film takes place at night so i kept to quite a dark blue colour pallet especially as Ben stiller is decked out all in black leather and he takes up a lot of the image on this one i wanted it all to complement that.
So the prints have arrived from the printers and the poster collective are sending out the first batch.
Theres still a some left if you want to grab my only limited edition print:
Heres some detailed shots of the actual print:
Theres still a some left if you want to grab my only limited edition print:
- Money from each sale goes to support Keep A Breast breast cancer charity
- Hand Numbered Edition of 150 (will never be printed again),
- Fine art Giclée printed on thick 430gsm textured paper 18″ x 24″
Heres some detailed shots of the actual print:
Posted by The Dude Designs at 11:43
Fancy something a little bit special to celebrate Halloween, Horror and the wonderful world of the Video Nasty... well now you can.
I have come together with the wonderful guy and gals at Poster Collective to produce my first ever limited exclusive limited edition Poster Print
Hand Numbered Edition of 150 (will never be printed again)
Fine art Giclée printed on thick 430gsm textured paper 18″ x 24″
with some money going to the Keep A Breast breast cancer charity!
They will go live on sale 19th
10am EST / 3pm BST / 2pm GMT
So get your mits/claws on it while you can
All details at POSTER COLLECTIVE plus an interview talking about Videos, horror and the inspiration behind the piece.
Posted by The Dude Designs at 09:33
Heres the Poster artwork for Almost Human. for this one i actually worked up an alternate design which follows along the same lines but with a more minimal vibe, which you can see bellow.
Mark Fisher (guy with the beard) disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that Mark is back, and something evil is inside of him.
Upon watching the preview i instantly picked up on visual vibes from such films like, Altered States, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (80s) and obviously The Thing (Carpenter was a big inspiration for the guys), These where all mainly down to this scream that mark does, it was such a powerful image that i really wanted to lead with it and show this distorted scream, the other strong image i got from the film was of Mark getting hit by the blue beam light in the intro sequence so they provided me with the main visual hook for the poster art, with inspiration from posters like The Beast within, The Thing, Madman, Friday the 13th part 3 (my personal favourite of the series!!) even berserker, Prince of Darkness and the altered states poster itself. My other big inspiration was a John Saul book i picked up called Comes the blind fury which had a great image of a blind girl lit from the bellow.
Joe Begos the director wanted a montage design so i wanted to interpret it in a different way this time, leading with the main scream and fitting the imagery inside of that. For the montage was all about setting the seen so i wanted to convey this sense of fear and loss of control in the characters, so there aren't any 'guns out' building a sense of fear. then i wanted to show some of the action but not give away too much, so keeping an air of mystery to draw the viewer in.
The only controversial image was the naked sort of slim covered girl, as it was such a contrasting image against the rest i felt it really held power, plus being a woman it broke up the rest of the images and added air of mystery, 'who is she?' 'what is going on there', which then leads down to the pods on the bottom right and we start to get more of a twist for people to interpret !
Finally the title treatment was a big thing for the designs vibe, i wanted to keep it more conservative with a alien vibe. I experimented with different letter forms to convey this. and created a logo which is sort of modern but actually is a very classic 70s inspired. to contrast with the rest of the imagery and layout.
As i mentioned at the start i did work up an alternative design, it was always in my head to go down a more minimal route with the main character, so it want much more work to see how that design would play out (the joys of working digitally!). I also think it might be more fitting for the DVD market in foreign territories where they seem to go for a more minimal image, so it offers options to the distributors and will be interesting to see if they run with it. See what you think below
Here's another Glass Eye Pix / Dark Sky Pictures MPI Media the guys behind The Innkeepers.
Ill need to cast my mind back a bit as this one goes back a bit, I actually completed the design way back in October of last year. MPI Media contacted me about this one wanting a classic creature feature design.
The basic premise is a family out ice fishing catch more than they bargained for (that's not the official line but hey i can't resist a good pun!) When they stumble across a monster from the deep! Well I'm a massive fan of snow bound horrors and monster horror films (which sadly dont get made as much) so i had a field playing around with these themes.
As the action centres around this monster coming out of the ice hole it gave me this great visual of the plain white snow then this this dark mysterious hole OF TERROR!!
So i emphasised the hole more to represent said terror with its sinister cracks splitting and breaking along the clean crisp ice (i was quite proud of my cracks, i spent quite a bit of time on the detailing), which reach out to the viewer as well as the family in the distance. It also allowed me to play with the use of the negative space in the poster, i loved the idea of the image starting off really dark at the top the trailers lights just highlighting the characters in the distance then this gradually bleeds out into the white nothingness of the paper at the bottom with just the cracks intersecting the two. then keeping the title treatment in perspective to lead the eye down.
There where actually two title treatments i offered up, this blood version and one made up of the cracks continued on from the hole. The blood one won out for impact of the read.There where also some montage concepts thrown into the mix, particularly as Michael Rooker is staring in it but it just wasn't fitting with the genre, so i talked the guys into making more of a picture treatment out of the design rather than loose the atmosphere and impact.
The design sort of recreates a scene in the move but taken from an alternate angle, the family isolated on the lake and trapped in a trailer looking out into the night to keep watch for where ever is out there beyond the darkness under the frozen ice.....
Here is the artwork i created for Monster Pictures Australian horror film festival Monster Fest.
The concept was to create a classic film poster design based on the monster geisha character they have made for this promo short created by Isabel Peppard as the face of the fest for 2012 (it's a metamorphosis of there previous asian film festival geisha character).
Its a straight down the line celebration of classic exploitation, monster, horror design to really drive home that film style vibe for the folks and as a fun poster momentum of the festival.
As the main visual was to be of a strong female character my instant inspiration was the wonderful work of Frank Frazetta (again!) you just cant get sexier female illustrations for my money! so that really was the tone i wanted to capture, the powerful sexy and voluptuous fantasy barbarian monster woman walking through the mountains of blood guts and bones!!
I did slightly sex up the outfit a touch to a more thong inspired garment so emphasizing the ladies powerful posterior more as well as bosom to capture the classic spirit of the piece.
Due to the write up being sooo long on this one im attaching a more condensed version bellow, then read on for the more waxing lyrical original, let me know which you prefer for the forthcoming site:
"i went out to illustrate piper as a modern religious saint character rising up against the adversity, the police and authorities are crushing the homeless corrupting and spirituality (church). then above the ghettos are the towering office blocks of corporate industry dominating the skyline and looming over you with there consumerism messages and the rich aliens are enclosing in the blue collar workers make there last stand. all wrapped up in a sudo religious iconography meets sci-fi, action, social commentary epic interpretation, in a sort of its post modern delivery but all done with pure love, i listened to the soundtrack continuously whilst working on it!!!"
Well heres my artwork for They Live, As you may (or may not) know I'm a massive John Carpenter Fan also a huge Rowdy Roddy 'Hot Rod' Piper Fan from my wrestling days (they should have made Tag Team a series!!!). i absolutely love They Live, So you can rest assured that this title has been treated with absolute care, attention and devotion which it rightly deserves !! (so that's the gushing over as the nun said to the vicar!). i was pretty excited to get get unleashed on this juggernaut of social commentary meets sci-fi action...
I wanted to create something in a true 80s keyart style, that was VERY action packed, putting piper in an Italian poster style, testosterone driven almost god like religious icon standing aloft like a beacon of social commentary surrounded by the imposing odds of alien control, and NOT forgetting Keith David (who sadly gets pretty much left off all the promotional material for they live, the mans survives The Thing! hes A LEGEND in his own right They Live, The Thing, Road House, platoon COME ON!)
So the challenge lay in trying to compact all that in a design and integrate a story story-line narrative and not have it as just a mass pile of stuff!
This design was actually the merging of two concepts. on had a lone piper in Bank mode and the other had this pair which was inspired by the final shootout sequence.
For pipers image I wanted this rippling muscle god with the awesome blond streaked mullet flowing man (he is massive in the film, the guy was a wrestler and that's where most of his fan base comes from, so i needed to represent the 80s WWF crew). so i thought to hell with it and just rip the god damn the shirt sleeves off, i know it doesn't happen in the film but THAT'S the point, pick up a copy of any Bronx Warriors on VHS and you will know where I'm coming from. Visually this is all steeped in 70s/80s Italian poster/video art history and people like Enzo Sciotti (its so ingrained in my brain now that its almost instinct). He has a total shooting from the pelvis stance of resistance as he's striding adversity. Like i said i did want to give this piece a saintly religious iconography vibe... which is something that MUST have been an influence on the Italian works too, with there culture so steeped in the church, that's my theory anyway!. I didn't want to cover his eyes as i felt it removed the emotion, so Keith was given the cool shades to convey that and piper has his in the pocket.
Colour was the big thing which allowed me to separate out the elements to prevent it all getting too busy. as the alien world is seen in monochrome throughout the film i wanted to keep true to that but stylise it slightly with a more blueish hue. when it came to the Aliens i wanted to convey a sense of claustrophobia so all the buildings and aliens are leaning inwards like waves about to crash in and drown the main characters.
For the bottom section i wanted some action sequence which would depict to depict the other side of the world and have the police alien lines (which is how they are seen to the average Joe), the eviction scene with the church (subliminal religious/saint imagery again) is such a pivotal element that i had to get it in. Also whenever you see the police they always bathed in a red flare light so that was a great counter balance to the blue of the top!
The guys at Scream Factory wanted me to use the original title treatment. Then I had to use Albertus font for all the other copy of course, being a classic Carpenter film. I am hoping to do a limited edition print run of this (when the websites up) and will be shifting the text elements around to make it more theatrical poster esque, so i will also have to change the title treatment which im toying with the idea of putting it in Italian 'Essi vivono'... watch this space!!!
As always right click on the close up sections to get a detailed view.