My Kong Skull Island poster has been selected by Poster Spy and Legendary Pictures to feature in the Tribe of Kong Art show in New York's Bottleneck Gallery! I am so excited to have been selected from over 220 entries to exhibit along side artists from great collectives Mondo, Poster Posse, Poster Spy as well as the official movie art.
In celebration of the return of Kong in Kong Skull Island, Warner Bros. and Legendary curated a series of Kong tribute art that was showcased in a limited engagement gallery at the Bottleneck Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to original concept art and key art from the film, the gallery featured original pieces from artists around the world commissioned by Poster Spy, Poster Posse, Mondo and Bottleneck Gallery.
It's great that the heads over at Legendary were involved in what was apparently an incredibly rigorous process to whittle it down to a final 10 prints from Poster Spy and really adds a lot of prestige to the whole show. The Tribe of Kong art show was a great exhibition with art from some of the greatest artists currently out there. It looks like it was a great show and I wish I could have seen it in the flesh and met with some of the other great artists that took part.
Here are some awesome photos but check out Legendary's post here.
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
I don't go in for massive showy gifts for Valentines day, it used to be a handmade card and some flowers, but nowadays I generally don't even get time to make anything!
But I had a little idea pop into my head this year and so I went with it and created a Lovebug in a entomology style, I loved it so much that I just had to do a second – the well-known Horny Lovebug!
I came up with some latin names to accompany them - Scarabaeidae Amare and Dynastini Eupatorus Lubido and tried to encapsulate the appropriate feel for how each beetle's attributes would create it's appearance.
Here's the Horny Lovebug and some more detail shots of both:
My new mailers have arrived! A big thanks to Steve over at inky solutions for sorting out the printing of these, a really great job. I did a couple of new illustrations for this and tweaked some old ones – Endangered Invertebrates on one side and some animals I love(jellyfish, hammerhead sharks, King of Saxony bird of Paradise and a Golden Frog) on the back along with my all time hero - Sir David Attenborough.
Here are some close ups:
A couple of weeks ago I managed to meet one of my all time heros – Sir David Attenborough. I saw went to see him speak at the Environment Trust's annual talk and it was an amazing treat to see and hear him in real life.
It just so happened that it had been his birthday a couple of days before and as I had recently been working on a new illustration for a future mailout which featured him I decided to get a couple of giclée prints made up as a present (printed by the extremely helpful and skillful David at DOTtoDOT printing.)
He was really nice and appreciative of the gift (he even managed to hide any outward sign of being freaked out at receiving a portrait of himself by from an enthusiastic fan!) Being a little star-struck I forgot to ask him to sign my copy, but luckily I managed to get in the queue and have a slightly calmer chat about my illustration and get a special addition on my print!
What a legend!
Here are some close ups and pics:
I saw an article on 8 of the UK's most endangered invertebrates, and this image immediately came to mind – we always hear about all the large scale ecological disasters around the world that such small things as these can often go unnoticed and unappreciated. The threatened species are from top to bottom(excluding the crushed bits!) – Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, New Forest Cicada, Bog Hoverfly, Shrill Carder Bee, Hornet Robber Fly, Tansy Beetle, Rossers Sac Spider and the Ladybird Spider.
Here are some close ups: