Creative Mondays 215 – The Revenant Poster

The Revenant Poster design

What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

It’s rare that I’ll design a poster before I’ve seen a film but I’ve made an exception for The Revenant. From what I’ve seen and so far heard about this film it sounds like a captivating story and one that is beautifully shot. I’ve taken some inspiration from the trailer here but I was just playing around with some imagery and an illustrative style that I’d like to progress in the future.

Leo’s getting the Oscar for this one finally yeah?

Creative Mondays 211 – David Bowie

What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

It’s a sad day when someone who has influenced so many leaves us. But there’s no reason for the sadness to be the overwhelming emotion. Celebration of a life lived is also important and like many others marking today’s news of David Bowie passing away I wanted to create something to tribute the artist.

I don’t claim to be Bowie’s biggest fan or know all of his catalogue but I can appreciate the creativity and passion the man had for music and art. Reinventing himself and producing original music for over four decades is something of an achievement not to mention influencing the ‘Glam and Punk Rock’ movements in the 70’s.

And that’s the beauty of his legacy. For what I missed in the past I can still revisit and his music will be able to live on well into the future.

Creative Mondays 208 – Home Alone Poster

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve just got back from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the second time so my mind is sort of on other things. This week’s design work was actually created a few weeks ago but I hadn’t managed to post it up yet.

Inspired by yet another Mondo Monday night, I thought I’d revisit my earlier attempt at a Home Alone poster and try something in a style that I’ve been working on more recently. This was a tricky one but I wanted to capture a moment in time from the film and I love that ride down the stairs on the sled. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try (never been brave enough).

The piece was started in Illustrator, working out the basic composition and brought into Photoshop for a few touch ups and extra details.

Creative Mondays 203 – They Live Poster

They Live poster design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

Usually on Creative Mondays I’m designing something that’s pretty close to me. Perhaps a film I’ve just seen at the cinema or maybe a video-game I’ve picked up. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen ‘They Live’ but as Mondo Monday are playing the film I thought I’d add my version to the mix. If you haven’t heard of Mondo Monday (why not) they’re all about reviving cult/b-movie cinema, throwing down the odd quiz and sometimes showcasing comedians!

It’s nice to step back from something I’m not so familiar with and push the comfort zone. I also thought to try a poster with an alternate colour and I thought it would be cool to show the line-work that went into this piece, something I’m still getting to grips with in Adobe Illustrator.

They Live Alternate poster design

They Live illustrator outline

 

‘They Live’ is playing on Monday the 30th November at 1900 in the Jill Craigie cinema, Plymouth. Check it out!

 

Creative Mondays 189 – X-Wing – The Force Awakens

X-Wing - The Force Awakens poster

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

I’ll apologise now, there was a brief hiatus on the old ‘Creative Mondays’ posts but for good reason. It’s not everyday you move house, visit Ireland, have your folks stay with you for the week and take a trip to London to see Star Wars Secret Cinema so I hope that this latest addition to the weekly post is sufficient enough to keep you happy!

Last year when the original teaser trailer was shown for The Force Awakens inspiration struck and I created the Millennium Falcon speeding over a desert landscape. To continue with that theme I thought I’d design a few X-Wing fighters out from that same trailer and create the scene where they cruise over the water. The hype is still on for this film, December can’t come soon enough!