Thursday, March 20, 2008
Homage to the 1950's
My editor at the cyclist magazine asked me if I could do a cover illustration for the april issue. She wanted me to come up with something that could be seen as a parody of the fifties. She mentioned the "Far til fire" films from that decade, but wanted me to add an element that would go against the feel-good-mood.
I have drawn the family, from the movies,on a bike vacation and placed them in a countryside environment, made up of two famous posters from 1951 (the ducks crossing the road) and 1931 (the wheat field and ocean). Both posters capture that feel-good-mood of that era.
The client was happy with the result, but asked me to take out the yellow toxic barrel, 'cause it was too scary. They let me keep my purple four-eyed frogs though.
I have made the color registration a little off and made the reds bleed out a little, so it looks like the prints from back then. Thanks to Frank Stockton for good advice on how to create that printed in the fifties look.