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MONDO X SXSW 2014 Show: Write Up and Sales Info

UPDATE: All 12 posters are sold out online. Thank you!

UPDATE: All the posters are currently up for sale on my website

The show at the Mondo Gallery during SXSW with Martin Ansin was a blast. In addition to hanging with my friends and doing work for films with personal significance, I also got to share a space with an illustrator that I respect immensely.

I wanted to share some exclusive backstory on the posters as well as sales information. BUYERS: To ensure the most streamlined checkout process, please make sure your paypal information is updated and accurate. THANKS!

UPSTREAM COLOR

24 x 36 Inch screen print with metallic inks, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. Limit one of each per household. The REGULAR Version is $65 and The VARIANT version is $75

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I’m a huge fan of Shane Carruth, so I wanted the poster to reflect themes in the film. As I worked on the poster, (it was the second to last one I finished for the show), I was getting ragged, but I found the narrative to be quite nourishing to my soul. I kept whispering “Upstream Color” to myself as I found those words felt really good to say and the lines from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden spoken throughout the film were incredibly refreshing, so every poster has one of four random Walden quotes that were mentioned in the movie printed very minutely on the right side. There’s no way to know what you’ll get until the package arrives!

PSYCHO

24 x 36 Inch screen print with metallic inks, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. Limit one of each per household. The PSYCHO poster is $80

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Psycho is a well celebrated film and there have been many posters, so I wanted mine to have an extra layer of relation to the film. As I researched it, I read about the controversy of who directed the infamous shower scene, iconic designer Saul Bass or Alfred Hitchcock. While reading about it, I never came to a definite conclusion, but I did see that Saul Bass storyboarded it, so it was at least in part his idea. That’s how I came up with my design. I picked six pivotal moments in the shower scene and laid out the poster like a storyboard of the entire scene.

HANNIBAL

24 x 36 Inch screen print, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. Variant is limit one of each per household. The REGULAR version is $65 and The VARIANT version is $90

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When the show was renewed for a third season, I was so excited. It’s a fantastic show despite its struggle in the ratings. The imagery is so beautiful and bleak, even when it depicts horrific things. My main goal was to make a poster that from across the room, would look majestic and regal. Upon closer inspection however, the gruesome horror would be realized.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

24 x 36 Inch screen print with metallic inks, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. Limit one per household. The Scott Pilgrim Poster is $70.

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For years, Edgar Wright has been very supportive of both me and illustrated movie posters. “Scott Pilgrim- ” is one of his best films and I wanted to cherish all the things I like about it; the visual style, the music, the fight scenes, the romantic angst, and the humor. That film seriously has it all.

ALIENS

24 x 36 Inch screen print with metallic inks, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. Limit one of each per household. The REGULAR version is $65 and The Variant version is $80

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Before starting this poster, I did a marathon viewing of the first three Alien movies and I realized something I hadn’t before. Those movies take place over the majority of a century, so Ellen Ripley has spent most of her life in cryogenic sleep and the times she is awake, she’s fighting these horrifying creatures. The only moments she’s tranquil and at peace are in the sleep chambers; her real life is the nightmare. I felt compelled to instill the nightmare concept to the poster, so I added the part of her on the top to contrast the sheer terror of the rest of the illustration. The green (regular) and orange (variant) color came about because I worked to depict the initial encounter and when she fires the bombs into the nest.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

24 x 36 Inch screen print with metallic inks, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. Limit one of each per household. The REGULAR version is $75 and The VARIANT version is $85

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This poster began two years before it was actually debuted. I kept chipping away at it and stopping to take on other work. There was always a deliberate plan to hand draw the Kansas part and digitally draw the Oz part, to create a feeling of separation between the two worlds. This is the most traditional pen and ink drawing I have ever done for anything, ever.

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

24 x 36 Inch screen print with metallic inks, signed and numbered (artist’s copies). Available 5/13/14 at a random time. The REGULAR Version is $50 and The VARIANT version is $60

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While not an expected choice compared to the vast array of more well known films within my reach, I wanted to bring attention to The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari. I always have a soft spot for under appreciated masterpieces. Within the film community, it’s well known, often making top ten lists of greatest films ever made, but the average person has at best, only heard of it, which is understandable. Whenever I watch it and compare it to all the films that were being released during that period, it was so far ahead of it’s time and really encapsulates what great films should be all about.

If you would like to see photos of all these posters, please check out my flickr photo set

Also, I’m very thankful that I got to share the gallery with my friend Martin Ansin. His work is amazing and it motivated me to push myself harder and try new things.

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