Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I've got an illustration featured in a show this coming weekend in Portland. It's a film festival called Supertrash, with a connected art show sponsored by Fantagraphics books which asked cartoonists, illustrators, designers, etc to contribute "re-imagined" film posters for their favorite B-movies. Which, admittedly, is kinda what I do all day long, but y'know, I have a fun job. There's more info on the show here. I've seen some other posters showing up around the internets—I particularly like Jim Rugg's.

I chose Sam Fuller's The Steel Helmet—I don't know if it really counts as a "B-movie," exactly, but I'm a big Fuller fan, and I'd been kinda bummed that we didn't get to do any new design for the Sam Fuller Eclipse box (because of the Eclipse template), so this seemed like a fun opportunity. Here's the illustration, done in my new favorite style:

I'm not going to be able to make it out, but if anyone's anywhere near the Portland area, it sounds like a really fun show! Let me know how my drawing looks on the wall!


Ed Howard said...

You'd think this style wouldn't be too versatile, but I find I'm really loving pretty much anything you draw in this style. You should do up some posters to sell -- I'd especially love to get one of those portraits of Fassbinder from the BA set up on my wall.

Fat Punk Studio said...

Superb stuff......this has got to be one of my favorite pieces you have done in this style. Love the choice of colours you have chosen and the detail on his face looks sweet! What kind of paper stock do you use to print on? Have a good one!

Eric Skillman said...

Honestly, I'm having the same reaction—I would never have thought I'd get this much use out of this style, but it's really been treating me very well. I was thinking about maybe working up some posters but I don't know if I have the energy to start a mail-order business... Maybe if it's something more people ask for I'll try to figure it out.

fat punk—
I'm glad you like the colors—they were kind of a fluke, honestly. I originally did the face in shades of green, but I didn't like how it turned out so I played around with a hue/saturation layer which somehow turned slight variations of green into the weird combination of olive/peach/strawberry (and wouldn't that be an awful smoothie) that you see in the face now, which I liked enough that I kept it in. So, y'know, never underestimate the value of happy accidents...

Fat Punk Studio said...

"The Criterion Smoothie Collection"

A continuing series of colourful yet rancid classic and contemporary juices in a glass!

Awesome accident dude looks super frosty!!!!