“Nothing great ever happened without enthusiasm” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Blurppy.com has created a Poster Posse Project where international artists are given the task of interpreting highly anticipated movies that are about to come out. The first one earlier this year was World War Z, after that was Star Trek in Darkness and now I’m honored to be joining in on creating my take on Guillermo de Toro’s new Robot vs Monster piece: PACIFIC RIM! Its honestly been years since I’ve been so excited to see a movie. Most of the time I skip movies at the theaters cause I don’t like crowds and with things like VOD and downloading, people like me tend to opt for convenience rather than the real deal full immersion escapism only the theaters can seem to bring. The missing element? Hype! Hype that gets you off your lazy ass, Hype that makes you fork over the price of 15 dollars when everyone is trying to save money, HYPE that makes you bear the crowds, pay way too much for popcorn and pit your friends against other packs of friends for a row of seats at a 10:30 pm opening night screening.
When I first watched the Pacific Rim trailer months ago I remember showing all my buddies and going “OHH SHIETT!! we are going to see this!!!” I remember playing the trailer to them on my phone and telling people about it like I was getting a commission on their ticket! Something triggered in me, it was like all my childhood memories of watching giant robot / monster movies /cartoons were suddenly firing on all cylinders. Its what Beliebers feel when they scream at concerts, bawling uncontrollably! Its what triggers sports fan to scream at the screen during the playoffs! Its that excitable spark that I knew I would have to keep buried deep inside and look at time to time.
Months passed so when I approached Blurppy’s Don Thompson about joining the Poster Posse on upcoming projects he asked if I would be interested in the next project…PACIFIC RIM! I wrote a simple two word reply “HELLL YAH!!!” Putting all my bread and butter projects on hold I quickly dove in head first. As a professional illustrator you often have to gauge your hourly rate and budgets etc. and try not to spend too many hours when its not necessary. THIS HOWEVER WAS NOT ABOUT MONEY! this was about appeasing that spark that the first trailer started months ago.
Its an awesome feeling, when you do something and you don’t care about whether you’re being paid for it, whether you get exposure for it or whether you get kudos, you do it cause you LOVE IT! that’s it! and sometimes that produces your best work! Regardless of anyone’s opinion this time around.. haha I’m proud of my two pieces (something I don’t always feel as a self loathing artist), and not only that by previewing or mentioning the pieces I’m doing, I got my friends / fans ( Shameless Plugs Facebook / Twitter) hyped about the movie as well so guess who and a huge crowd a peeps are going to see it opening night? ( This is the kind of micro sphere of influence “gold” ad execs have been trying to mine for years.) So thanks to Guillermo, Travis Beacham (writer), Legendary, WB, all the crazy artists and hundreds if not thousands involved in what sure is to be a masterpiece in my eyes! thanks for bringing out the kid in me all over again. Cause DAMN it feels good!
This being tribute fan art as such and not official or anything! Prints will NOT be available for purchase, but regardless don’t let that damper the mood! I’ve provided a larger preview to check out the detail, and so I present to you my two pieces for the Blurppy “Pacific Rim” project and don’t forget to get off your lazy ass come July 12th and go watch it!
Legend Has It (click on image for full big preview)
Inspired by Japanese wood block prints this plays on the Asian lores of Monsters and Onis, not to mention that Guillermo mentioned that the ocean (drawn from influences like Hokusai’s The Big Wave”) is the third character in the water battle scenes of the movie.
NEON HONG KONG (click on image for full big preview)
This color palette comes from the neon/pink/blue/yellow signs from the trailer, when the epic fight between Otachi and Gipsy danger takes place in the streets of Hong Kong. ( A city I’m quite familiar with) Though the Kaiju was added later after way too many hours had already been put in, (an internal dilemma pushed further of it not being quite done without a Kaiju) the Jaeger dragging the oil tanker ship… C’mon! Best trailer scene ever!
Close Up 1
Close Up 2