H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (L.A.) 2011 – Poster Art

I recently finished work on the poster art for this year’s HPLFF that will be held in San Pedro at the historic Warner Grand theater. My friend, Aaron Vanek (writer, filmmaker, and resident professional booze-hound), who ran last year’s Los Angeles HPLFF is back at the helm with what is shaping up to be another fantastic run of Mythos inspired cinema.

For the poster Aaron wanted two things: 1) a 1930’s movie poster style & 2) Cthulhu attacking a Los Angeles landmark.

With those two points of direction (1930’s, big scary monster) the first thing I thought of was the classic King Kong poster.

And knowing that the festival would be held at the Warner Grand I figured why not have Cthulhu attacking the theater.

I did a quick thumbnail to give Aaron an idea of what I had in mind…

and with his apporval began work on the final drawing.

First, I did a quick sculpt of what I wanted Cthulhu to look like so I would have something to work from.

This was the first draft of the poster. Much more pulpy and violent than what we ended up with…

After a few more tweaks and edits and a little over a week of not much sleep I took the final painted image and got it professionally scanned.

The original art is sitting on a shelf in my living room right now. I have yet to come up with a suitable bit of text for the sign that poor sandwich-board guy is wearing but I plan to fill that in with something cool…

And the final, with festival text and such…

Tickets to the festival are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/169287

Hope to see you at the festival!

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3 thoughts on “H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (L.A.) 2011 – Poster Art

  1. Thanks, David! Comments have been all positive for the poster so far. There’s something visceral that every one can enjoy when destroying Los Angeles.

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