Friday, September 11, 2009

San Francisco's Gallery 1988 Now Playing show

Gallery 1988 in San Francisco has a pretty cool group show this month. Usually the artists in a group show will do a piece of art based on a theme. This time, the gallery picked out a bunch of movie posters for all the artists. They also hand picked and decided what artist got which poster, and then mailed them out. The artists were then asked to add something to the poster in their style, and then mail them back when they were done. They ended up sending me a poster from one of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry movies. The Dead Pool was the last Dirty Harry movie that came out.



I was originally going to do a big homage to all the Dirt Harry movies and put a bunch of images and references from various movies on the poster.



I knew I wanted the Zodiac killer from the first Dirty Harry movie to be on the poster. Did a tiny sketch of him first and then painted him up on the target.


Here's the painted head below, pasted onto the poster. Like I said, I was originally going to put more images and references like this on the poster. Been watching all the Dirty Harry movies again, just to get more ideas.

I was having a discussion about old Clint movies with a buddy last week, and he mentioned Any Which Way But Loose. That's the one with the Orangutan. Needless to say, my approach to the poster has changed since that conversation and there will definitely be some simian references on this poster before it's done. Stay tuned to this blog to see the finished poster. Gallery 1988 in SF has also asked the artists in the show to post in progress work of their posters and you can check that out by clicking here.


Here are the details for the show below. Gotta love that MJ vs Raiders poster. Nice job. One last thing, regarding the last two posts. Bradford Bohonus has gone through the City Hostel Seattle, and taken pictures of all the rooms. The cool thing is that you can take virtual tours of the rooms on his site. Total 360 action. It's pretty cool. Check it out here. Also, check back soon to see the final poster for the show.

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