Creative Mondays – Back to the Future Trilogy

Back to the Future Trilogy triptych

“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.”

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a crazy Back to the Future fan. I’m listening to the soundtrack right now as I type this. It’s one of those films where I’ll sit there and annoy people by spewing out the lines one after another (I know how annoying that is but this film is in my blood).

Seeing as we’re finally upon the week that Marty McFly travels to the future I felt it only right to design something for one of my favourite franchises. Oh and on Wednesday the 21st I’ll be checking out all three films back-to-back. Six hours of me annoying the hell out of my wife probably dressed up as Marty McFly. I’m such a nerd.

Back to the Future Poster design

Back to the Future two poster design

Back to the future three poster design

As a starting point I like to concept of having the iconic character silhouetted but I want to revisit these to add more details and clean the images up a bit.

Creative Mondays 187 – Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman inspired 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.”

With San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up for another year, the newest, hottest trailers were bestowed upon the viewing public and fans alike. Like with the Ant-Man trailer I discussed in last week’s post, the first Batman v Superman trailer released did nothing to whet my appetite and I could have easily passed on the film. Thankfully Comic-Con trailer put something out there (if not maybe a little too much) that intrigued me.

I’m loving the metal bat suit and the more I see of Affleck in the Bruce Wayne/Batman role the more I like. Here’s hoping the film delivers!

Creative Mondays 179 – Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road 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.”

With the release of the latest Mad Max film (getting massive rave reviews) I was inspired to create a little something. I thought I’d play around with the icon that caught my eye in the trailer and as a nod to Charlize Theron’s awesome ‘toxic black’ look, I replicated the makeup style on the skull.

I can’t wait to see this film at the IMAX, I’m pretty sure it was made specifically for that kind of experience!

Creative Mondays 136 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 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.”

I loved the first in the reboots of the prequels of the Planet of the Apes (if that’s what we can call them) and this past week I managed to catch the latest in the series, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. After so many of these films it’s great to see that they can still tell a pretty intriguing story and I couldn’t resist creating a poster.

I wanted to find a style that could lend itself to the image of Ceasar and after uploading the recent version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud I was immediately inspired by Patrick Seymour’s Lion illustration that appears when opening Illustrator CC 2014. To start I created Ceasar in Illustrator and once I was satisfied with the image I imported the vector into Photoshop to included the eye effects along with a few other touch-ups.

*UPDATE* You can now purchase this poster from my store!

I got a great response over this poster, thinking about getting a few printed but also wanted to show off a potential variant design I created after I finished the first.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Variant

Inception Poster

Inception Poster Design

Okay, so I’m not really into labelling anything as ‘favourite’ but watching Inception I can see why people could call it their favourite film of 2010. It’s one of a few films that has come out over the past couple of years that has made sci-fi sexy and cool without having to ‘dumb’ everything down for the viewer. It’s also one of those films that by watching it a second time you can be ‘gifted’ with another great experience.

I sketched out a few early doodles and I was liking where the idea of tracing the name and the buildings was headed. On a large scale I mapped out the maze one section at a time until the full piece came together.

The idea behind this design was to create something simplistic at first glance but once you get closer you could easily get lost and keep looking to find new twists and turns. I kept the style very monotone to reflect the drawn out colour of the film.