JAMES - two recent posters for the Grey Eagle, one commissioned from the club, the other from the bands. with the first one, "Blind Devotion", i continued my more recent efforts to concentrate on composition and arranging elements in an exciting and stimulating way, then let the details just happen. but i also managed to return to the recurring themes of dismembered skull-n-bones-type figures (am i overusing this theme? too many skeletons?). if i had alot more time, i probably woulda tried something a bit more elaborate with the lettering of the band names.
a week or so later, Sean of Nevada contacted me about a poster for their show with the Houstons. i knew that both these posters would be hung up in the same places for at least a couple of weeks. so it became my main focus to do something COMPLETELY different. i asked the band if they had any requests - they mentioned a western/outer space theme, but said they trust me to do whatever.
so originally i went with a style that, for me, lends itself much better to full color. but the poster had to be black and white, and i really tried to make it work. i pretty much finished this entire poster in a few hours (see the photo), but after stepping away from it for an hour or so i realized it was essentially a peice of shit.
so back to the sketch book to revisit a few of the other sketch themes i was working on for this particular poster (i had about 6 themes total). i decided on the couple kissing, and then decided to take it back to the 'comic book' style i haven't done in awhile, and also used alot of 'dry brush' to gain depth. thus "Kissin' Cousins" was born.