Monday, December 19, 2011

Saul Bass' Strait Jacket

I have no idea how or why I got the idea to a Saul Bass-inspired poster for the Joan Crawford/William Castle B-horror movie Strait Jacket, of all things--but I did, so here it is!

The original image that popped into my head was an all-white poster with criss-crossed black lines to suggest the tied-up sleeves. But since no one actually wears a strait-jacket in the movie, a giant axe seemed more of a "grabber", so I went with that. The lines came in back in at the end, suggesting even more that things are seriously off-kilter.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monster PSA: Ornella Muti

As soon as I saw that Netflix Watch Instantly added Flash Gordon to its list of streaming movies, I added it to my queue and hit Play. As a kid, I was totally smitten with Ornella Muti as Ming's daughter, one in a long line of babes from genre movies I saw as a kid that interested me for reasons I couldn't at the time quite comprehend.

So what advice would Ms. Muti give? Well, considering how much trouble she got everyone into by falling in love Flash...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saul Bass' Before Sunrise

There's a new book out about the work of Saul Bass, one of my all-time favorite movie poster designers, so I got inspired to do my own Bass-esque movie posters. Hardly an original idea, but it really seemed like fun and I wanted to try it!

My first idea was to do a Saul Bass take on Before Sunrise, my all-time favorite movie. While the end result didn't come out quite the way I hoped, I had a lot of fun doing this and I think I want to try some more of these...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mr. Scratch

Mea culpa: I was so busy with Ace Kilroy, getting a few weeks ahead on my Movie Monday column on my writing blog, working on The Aquaman Shrine, and finishing up an illustration job that it didn't dawn on me until around dinnertime Sunday that I didn't have anything new prepared for today!

I was ready to just skip the whole thing, since I really wasn't inspired to come up with anything. But it bothered me that I haven't missed a week on this blog for over a year and didn't want to start now, so the professional in me kicked in and I whipped up this faux-vintage paperback book cover. Certainly no masterpiece; but sometimes you just have to show up.