Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Brief Musings On Poster Design
Technically, I guess any initial props should go to Frank Frazetta who pretty much influenced all these guys. The painterly style perfected on mid-20th century pulp fantasy novels and magazines was awfully similar to what would turn up on the promo materials of the blockbuster SciFi-Adventure flicks of the late 70s to late 80s. When I was a kid, I tried to copy this style as much as I did that of a Jack Kirby or a Moebius ala Heavy Metal Magazine. But as I got older my tastes broadened as did my graphic styles.
Recently I was asked to design the promo art for an upcoming show being co-produced by my girlfriend. Featuring sideshow elements combined with neo-Burlesque, it would contain a b-movie, exploitation flick theme hence it’s name “Bump N’ Grindhouse.” So the appropriate thing to do was to design the art to approximate an exploitation movie poster of some sort. I came up with two designs. You, the reader, will have to guess which one they went with: