Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Cave

Here's my poster for film six of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! The sixth book is probably my favorite of the series and I feel the film, directed by David Yates, does an admirable job adapting it. Naturally, a lot has to be left by the wayside in order to make it a digestible film. While there are parts of the book that are sadly missing and changed, I think that the streamlining of the plot to focus primarily on Harry was for the most part very smart.
At the top of the poster, we see the cave where Harry and Dumbledore go to seek out a Horcrux that contains a part of Voldemort's soul. Swarming them from both sides are the Inferi, which are dead bodies that have been reanimated by a dark wizard to do their bidding.

Detail - Inferi
Well that's five down and three to go on this series! I'm very excited to do both posters for the two Deathly Hallows films. Or I at least feel that way based on my sketches. We'll see if I feel differently once it comes time to do the finished versions.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Beyond the Veil

Halfway done! This is the fourth entry in my series of posters for the Harry Potter films and it's for the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Directed by David Yates, who went on to direct the rest of the films in the series, this film is the beginning of the build toward the battle for the wizarding world. Voldemort is back and once again building his army of followers.
For the scene at the top of this poster, I wanted to feature the spectacularly staged duel between Voldemort and the only wizard that rivals him, Dumbledore.

This also gave me an excuse to show the magma-esque "priori incantatem" - the phenomenon that happens when spells meet in duels in the HP universe.

Detail - Voldemort
Looming over Voldemort and Dumbledore is the mysterious veil from the Death Chamber in the Department of Mysteries. I felt this would be a foreboding presence in the image since it is where Harry loses the closest thing he has to family in the climax.
That's four down and four to go. Next up is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Flesh, Blood, and Bone

Another Harry Potter poster! This time it's for the fourth film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire directed by Mike Newell.
Because this is the film that marks the first real appearance of Lord Voldemort (played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes) I wanted the scene at the top of the poster to be where he returns - the Little Hangleton graveyard. In the upper right corner of the poster, you can the Riddle House overlooking the graveyard.
In the center stands the Triwizard Cup that transports Harry to the graveyard at the end of the Triwizard Tournament. The cup sits at the base of the very sinister "angel of death" tombstone on the Riddle grave and is flanked by Voldemort's Death Eaters - thankfully, the later films would redesign the Death Eaters' costumes to be much less reminiscent of a certain evil organization. I'm fairly certain that the "Death Eaters" name alone already sells that they're bad.

Death Eaters - Detail
Well that's 3 films down, 5 to go. Next up is the fifth, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which will be out in one week!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Outsourcing Education

Here's a new spot for this week's Village Voice. The article by Neil deMause (which you can read here) is about how most colleges' instructors are only part-time adjuncts rather than full-time professors. This leaves them with significantly lower wages, virtually no job security or benefits, and can impact the students.
The wonderful Jesus Diaz at the Village Voice wanted a piece that emphasized the instability of the adjuncts' jobs and how they're being exploited by the colleges.

While I would've been more than happy doing any one of the sketches, the third, where the adjunct is dropped through a trap door in the classroom floor in the middle of a lesson, was chosen.

Thanks again to Jesus for a fun gig!