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A Case of Less is More


Sometimes more research results in a simpler design. Such was the case for a piece I started working on last night. Given the movie title “Drought 1980: The Return”, I tasked myself with the idea of developing a movie poster that would fit the title. My preliminary concept, drawn off the cuff, is shown below. It’s a pretty general movie poster with some interesting elements in it – but it was coming across as fairly formulaic. The next morning, I went back and created a mind map. I can’t emphasize making mind maps enough. They are incredibly useful tools in […]

Process: Kung Fu meets Fu Manchu


I embarked on taking this composition in a more experimental direction. I wanted to mimic the old mis-registered prints from movie posters and wrap it up in a loving tribute to Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. I wasn’t happy with the initial pencil rendering of Fu Manchu, so I scrapped it completely and started over again. After performing a grayscale test, I realized that what was missing was highlight values. So I added them in. Here’s the first pass grayscale test. And the second pass, with the highlights added around Shang’s muscles and face. Finally, here’s the finished piece.