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DUNE, the Sleeper Hasn’t Slept in Days

NOTE: This video depicts the poster when it was on orange paper, but a last minute decision to make it on yellow paper was made. The colors of the final result are not affected by this.

UPDATE: Phone Booth Gallery is currently sold out of these puppies. I will have copies I will be selling soon. I’ll post all sales information before they actually go on sale in this blog.

UPDATE: These are currently available for sale at Phone Booth Gallery.

There’s been a lot of chatter about the David Lynch print series that Phone Booth Gallery has put together. Different artists made prints for various screenings of films directed by around Long Beach.

I was thrilled when I got offered DUNE, the science fiction film based on the novels by Frank Herbert. I went to work right away.

The poster is 18 x 24 inches, screen printed with four colors on Lemon Drop Colored 100 lb French Cover Paper. The edition size is 100 and all copies are signed and numbered by me. Phone Booth Gallery will be selling them first, so please check with them. If they sell out, I’ll be selling my copies on my site soon after.

The film is visually dense and textured, so I felt the poster should look that way too. I also wanted to make a poster that was almost all traditional drawing and inking for a change. I haven’t really done that since “The Hatch“.

My goal was to create a time-line of events embedded in sedimentary soil layers, starting with the beginning of the film, up to the part where the main character confronts the monstrous sand worm. The events in the film are epic and would go down in history. Just like how our archeologists find the stories in the soil, so would archeologists in the universe of the storyline.

The process on for creating this poster was a lot different than what I normally do. Every day or two, for a little over month, I would make a small drawing of a notable scene from the movie, scan it into my computer, and work it into the growing composition. In that way, it kind of progressively grew itself until I go to where I wanted to end up.

I made a process video that shows the various sketches and myself drawing them.

To see photos of the poster, please check out the slide show I put together.

To see photos of the drawings, please check out the other slide show I put together.

Before I put my copies of this poster up for sale, I will make posts to my facebook, twitter, and this blog announcing necessary sales information.

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  • dylansdad

    March 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Wow. Great concept, great execution.

    Were you kidding when you said, “If they sell out…”? Was there any question? This turned out great–of course it was going to sell out. Nice job!

  • Rodrigo Maia

    March 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Another great poster and process. You make the most amazing posters, period.

  • admin

    March 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Hey Dylansdad, thanks for the praise. I never know what to expect, so I try not to get too cocky. For all I know, I could be working at a gas station tomorrow.

    Rodrigo: Thanks, I just try to “not suck”!!!! :) , but for you, I am glad I was able to go above and beyond.

  • Jimmy

    March 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Your MOON print was my favorite until this one came along!

  • iron jaiden

    March 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Kevin go ahead and get a little cocky, you know your work is outta hand. :)
    There are maybe a handful of poster artists around these days that truly know how to capture the essence of their subject. You’re one of them for sure.
    This piece is among your best work yet. Stellar stuff!
    Wish I woulda been on the ball this morning and seen it go up. Here’s hoping for better luck the tragicsunshine sale.
    Either way congrats on the home run dude. Keep it up.

  • Murray

    March 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Kevin, did you re-watch the film a few times before starting on the print?
    Its a fantastic print and I hope I have the funds to buy one.

  • Adam Grason

    March 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Wow you nailed this one hands down. Your work is always top notch but I think you even out did yourself with this one. Every bit of it seems to demand hours of adoration. Amazing work.

  • Sundeep

    March 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    What a great idea for the composition, Kevin! It encompasses the story, the characters, and the planet itself. Nice!

  • Murray

    March 16, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Hey Kevin, would it be possible to maybe auction one of the Dune prints, maybe with some hand embellishing, and pass on the proceeds to the Japanese Disaster appeal? I’d certainly bid for it :)

    Just a thought.


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