Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Valley of the Dolls Poster
This is a painting I did for the Cinematic Redux show (if you read Joel Jackson's blog you probably know about the show). However, my piece didn't make it to the opening because it was destroyed. I can honestly say that Valley of the Dolls is one of my favorite films and I enjoy reciting lines of dialogue from this film with my sister, especially if my brother-in-law is in the same room(he has not seen the movie, so he just looks at us with an incredulous gaze most times). The image for the poster with the pills and Sharon Tate's eyes was created with acrylics, oils, gouache and colored pencils on illustration board. I really under estimated the time it would take to paint every one of those pills on a large piece of board... it took for fucking ever. The text was then brought in with the computer, but the rest is 100% traditional. I found the process of creating this image extremely tedious and boring. In the end, I thought the image was descent on a technical level, but kind of lacking on a conceptual level. It more or less became an exercise of technique as apposed to something visually interesting and I'm kind of tired of creating pieces like that. The past couple of years I have taken a huge interest in creating pieces with brush and ink and actually enjoy that much better... so I will probably be going more that route from now on. So here is the final piece with detail and progress shots.