Sunday, February 22, 2009
Being the hardcore punk rocker that I am, I had a hard time coming up with a theme for a Grateful Dead cover band. I wanted to avoid the whole feel-good, mushrooms-and-wizards imagery you tend to see on jam band posters, as well as the whole tie-dye and granola stereotype that you see everywhere. There is a lot of interesting imagery from the hippie culture, but you've got to sift through a ton of neutered, family-friendly crap to find it.
I found my inspiration from the Manson family and the drug exploitation paperbacks of the era. By poking fun at the moral panic surrounding hippies at the time, I felt I could give the poster a much needed edginess, while at the same time gently mocking the hippie culture in general. It's probably not what Dark Star Orchestra had in mind for a poster, but I hope they get the joke.
Friday, February 20, 2009
This one was a senior illustration assignment. Everyone in the class picked a letter, then got assigned 4 words that begin with that letter to incorporate into a composition of our own design. My words were Sushi, Seagull, Spider, and Surfboard. Turning them all into a Saturday morning cartoon seemed like the obvious choice. Doesn't it?
My first few thumbnails had pretty generic looking seagulls, and a very bland color palette with blue skies, green mountains, and cream colored sand. Very boring. I decided I needed to make this a far more badass kids' cartoon, one filled with low brow art, California surf culture, and references to 1960's German monster movies. The Surf Seagulls were born!