Okay… This took a while. It wouldn’t have been complete except for Jennie helping me. When I last met in person with Danny we had discussed the poster being similar to Christopher Nolan’s film posters because I felt they were simple yet really effective at capturing the tone of the film.
Example of the posters
As you can see, they are fairly straightforward. A silhouette in the foreground and a dramatic scene in the background.
I took it upon myself to design the poster, and created this initially after a few hours.
I then sent it to Jennie for feedback, since she is far better at me at painting, and she said:
- Add green light onto the characters
- Have more detail
- Make sure the characters fit with Danny’s style (they didn’t as you can see from the concept art in the powerpoints)
- Add shadow on to the back of the stones too
- The hill looks like a small bump
Jennie very graciously offered to help me and I sent her a version after that were I had added some trees to try and make the scene more interesting and add a sense of scale. Mainly thinking that all that needed fixed was the characters hair.
^^This was Jennie’s quick version to help illustrate her advice. The clouds were much better than my attempt (using difference clouds) and i could see there was a difference in scale. I also liked how she blended the grass on the hill.
- She painted the clouds swirling around the light beam (which was my poorly executed intention)
- Use a bigger canvas
- Try doing it black and white first before adding colour
- Do some research on similar styles and how to make a poster
- Try to make the people and everything more 3D looking
- Source for downloadable hair brushes http://lmtxo.co.vu/post/127275178140/hi-im-absolutely-in-love-with-your-work-and-i
So I had another go.
- The poster is still missing something, possibly because its rather flat i.e. little detail to help the scene seem more 3D or it could be theres a lot of empty space
- Try doing different thumbnails to experiment with composition
I ended up producing this quick sketch to try and emphasise the height of the hill, and bringing back the trees to add a sense on scale.
I received the following feedback:
- Make sure you don’t make the hill a blob
- Add more detail to the characters
- Look up dynamic poses and how they could influence the tone
- The font isn’t really the correct style (this was fine as I was just using it to place the text before creating the unique font later)
- You have to make it interesting for people to be excited at the minute the characters lack character
- https://designschool.canva.com/blog/25-ways-to-design-an-awesome-poster-and-create-a-buzz-for-your-next-event/ Have a look at this for designing a poster
I then created this version:
This version features the font I designed called “BluQ” after the name of Danny’s business. The white lines on the poster are there to help me remember where the two character’s eye lines should be. I tried to make their poses more dynamic with Ari reaching for his sword and Ryne reaching out to him in fear.
By this point Jennie was actively collaborating with me on making the comic and I had shown Danny some of the earlier versions and he was pretty excited about it. I sent this version to Jennie and she came up with this quick doodle that I thought was more atmospheric than my 3 hour construction. This was to get the shape down right before she added in the two characters.
After all this, Jennie obviously had to focus on her own work, so I used her design to create the final poster (see below). Without Jennie’s help I definitely would not have been able to get to this standard of poster. I would have handed in the first one, but I am pleased with what the outcome is. Chatting about it afterwards it seems that the turning point was with the character design, as the curved shapes (which Mike talked about in Life Drawing) really took away to stiffness on the characters and made the poster a more dynamic piece of work. (Also pleased to say I did the hair myself).