Slightly overwhelmed by the possibilities of the poster project … a few ideas I’m tossing around at the moment:
1) WUNDERKAMMER: THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
The Horniman’s very close to my house, I went there loads as a kid ….. i was thinking about using what i think are two of the most iconic pieces in the collection, the totem pole out front:
or the walrus:
that would mean going to London, which i may do soon
2) CARNIVAL: NOTTING HILL
Notting Hill Carnival is a lot of fun … only the obvious stuff has jumped out at me …. weed leaves, rasta colours … classic iconic stuff. Thinking of making the poster look like a can of Red Stripe:
but instead of of “Red Stripe” it would say “Notting Hill”
3) OPERA: DOCTOR ATOMIC
an opera about the Manhattan Project. Just cool subject matter. remember the poster from when it was on in London:
pretty dense, complicated …. complicated like making the first atom bomb must have been …. clever, eh … but I find the above poster a bit noisy and unfocused. Digital collage done badly. Not as striking as the original:
But I reckon this one is too joyful. Making the world’s first atom bomb shouldn’t look like fun … the poster should be grimy and messy. Hmmm. Dunno if I’m just jumping on some sort of bandwagon with this stuff, the atom bomb is bad, don’t mess, etc. Lazy design really, black and yellow, couple of skulls, Fallout 3 …. Shadow of Chernobyl …. seems like there’s a very definite path to follow when designing around the atom bomb. Don’t want to fall into cliche. But at the same time, isn’t designing a poster all about icons and striking designs? and what’s more striking and iconic that the radioactivity symbol?
the Shadow of Chernobyl boxart is pretty cool though:
I dunno. I’ve been reading Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown, a story of Cold War nuclear paranoia from 1989:
Jon J Muth’s painted artwork is pretty nuts, very splattery and dirty in places, especially the action. His Chernobyl explosion is beautiful, makes me think that’s how nuclear reactions should look on a poster, black and yellow splatters and streaks, unimaginable energy and total chaos put down on paper. But again, I don’t want to descend into radioactive cliche/repeat what Muth has already done.
Reminds me of Dave Mckean’s artwork for Arkham Asylum:
Anyway, Meltdown has some rad diagrams when the story starts in Chernobyl, need to scan those.