Friday, March 30, 2018

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

This illustration (originally created in 2016), was created specifically for a gallery show at Creature Features in Burbank, California for their tribute show:  'It's the Great Pumpkin Art Show, Charlie Brown!'  The show was celebrating the animated classic's 50th Anniversary.

I can't remember if the concept I had was this design from the get go, but basically, it's inception involved some sketching, and of course inspiration from John Carpenter's original film poster for 'Halloween' (here).

I eventually decided on using Linus' profile, and his security blanket to supplement the pumpkin and knife that grace Carpenter's original poster.  I however still had to fill the space next to Linus' blanket in order to complete the balance of the illustration.  After several sketches I decided on using the icon silhouette of Snoopy as the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch.

In order to complete the piece I had to plenty of research on what font to use for the poster.  I wanted it to look more like the original poster I was parodying, so I opted to use a font closer to the original.  Since the original font used for the 'Halloween' poster had a very expensive license, I had to hand build my font in Illustrator. The next challenge was what to substitute for the original posters tag, luckily I was able to come up with a phrase that was similar enough in length and wording with 'He Will Rise Again!'  After that, I managed to find a convincing font (Movie Letter), to use for the official credits, which I had access to from owning the movie (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown).

The image was very well received, and even sold at the gallery.  The new owner was even gracious enough to tag me on Instagram!

If interested in purchasing this image, a print is available on my etsy store.

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