This is my alternative movie poster for the upcoming release of Kong Skull Island which sees it's UK premier tonight. It's part of a creative brief by Poster Spy and movie company Legendary Pictures to accompany the cinematic release of Kong Skull Island. It was selected by Poster Spy and Legendary Pictures to feature in the Tribe of Kong Art show in New York's Bottleneck Gallery with artist collectives Mondo, Poster Posse and Poster Spy.
After watching the trailers a lot, I wanted my poster to show Kong as a powerful, menacing force of nature, who's not the aggressor, but will not hesitate to defend the island. I really wanted to get across the feeling of the calm before the impending storm. Inspired by several great shots from the trailer, I decided to show a representation of Kong as Part of the island itself, literally making him a mountain for the poster – Massive, solid and immovable, at least until the uninvited visitors disturb the peace, which I think the birds taking flight gives a little nod too.
So much of the trailer is him fighting, smashing and generally going crazy, but I felt that with it being an alternative poster I really wanted to concentrate on the island before the film starts which is why I moved the perspective away from the skull crawlers, and the invading humans and tried to almost give it a meditative feeling.
Taking loads of reference of kong, gorillas and tropical islands, it was a real challenge to find the balance of showing Kong as a mountain without him looking just like either an oversized gorilla or a cliff-face. I also didn’t want to make the other monsters centre stage, but I couldn’t resist having a spider in there.
Here are some details
Lady Death – ensnaring you with voodoo, beguiling you with her enchanting sweet poison and if all else fails she has the bite of a viper, death comes for us all. The final print in the Folklore series for the time being.
I was inspired to do this piece after hearing Valerie June on the radio and then googling her and finding that she has possibly the most incredible hair I've ever seen. It's so cool I had to try and draw it – and this lended itself to my idea for a Lady Death illustration that I had in mind. It changed quite a lot along the way, originally it was going to be much more disgusting with rot and maggots, worms and centipedes in the hair – all things of death, but after coming across Valerie's dreads I decided to take it in a much cleaner snake like direction. Not quite medusa, this lady kills you with kindness, bringing death with a sweet embrace, before you know it, it's too late.
Here are some close ups