Man oh man, been awhile since I have posted to the blog. The process of moving out of one house and into another is a crazy thing. Especially when you spend 3 weeks in a hotel transitioning between houses. On the upside, I will be moving into a larger home office space, which I am very excited about. I will post a few shots as the room comes together.
Despite being without my main desktop computer for over a month, I have still been active on a few cool projects. I thought it might me nice to give a little update on how I have been spending my summer.
For those not familiar with the website Blurrpy.com, it is the place to go for all things pop culture. One of the especially cool things about Blurrpy is that the editor, a gentlemen by the name Don, has put together a “Poster Posse.” He picks a new release film and invites a select group of artists to submit an alternate movie poster for that film. I am one of the newest Posse members coming on board with a poster for Warner Bros’ latest summer tent pole flick, Pacific Rim.
I am very excited to be included amongst some really incredible artists including some of my personal favorites Matt Ferguson, Doaly, and Sharm Murugiah. This is the third convening of the Poster Posse with previous posters for World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness. I recommend going over to Blurrpy.com and checking out the previous Posse’s work.
I have a few pieces of exciting news related to design competition results. I tried my hand earlier in the year at book cover design for a contest run by Maclehose Press. They had a call for book cover redesigns and I submitted two covers from five possible book choices all published under Maclehose. My first design was for Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s Heaven and Hell.
I wanted to depict the inherent duality of Heaven and Hell, so I chose to design the cover around the idea that you could flip it upside down. The story opens with a death at sea and I thought an image of men battling a tempest like a story from the bible made for an interesting background image. The text that comprises the title was hand drawn. I then scanned the drawing and built the vectors right on top in Illustrator.
My second cover was for Robert Saviano’s Beauty and The Inferno. This cover was selected as a finalist, which was recently announced at the Bookseller Design Seminar on the South Bank, London. Beauty and The Inferno is a biography of Robert Saviano and his life after exposing the Neapolitan Mafia in his previous book Gomorrah. I thought the representation of a slow burning wick, like dynamite, which ends in an explosion was an interesting way of depicting his current living conditions, in fear of a Mafia reprisal. Never knowing when they might get revenge on him for the details in his previous book.
I will hear if my cover for Beauty made the final selection in September. I have more big news that I am awaiting final details on before making an announcement. It is a fun piece of news that I am really excited about and look forward to sharing. I am also checking off a bucket list item by attending San Diego Comic Con this year. I have no idea what to expect other then I am really looking forward to the energy from being around all my fellow nerds. I also hope to be bringing back a lot of original art to hang in my new office space.
If I survive the Con, look for a few more exciting posts about things coming down the pipe in the near future.