Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me- Enough of that. Where were we...
An assignment we picked up from uni (one set before my identity one, but which I was less inclined to complete) was to do the D&AD brief for Little White Lies - Another one of them seemingly annoying film review magazine which focuses on "Truth and films" which sounds like the strapline from a left wing theatre group.
Yes, I wasn't exactly enthralled. However, the film I could choose to illustrate for their potential cover was Black Swan, which meant drawing Natalie Portman. Fun!
This is where everything started - There are 4 pages like this, with rough designs and possible outcomes. An overwhelming proportion of the covers are a simple portrait of the main protagonist, completed in the illustrators own unique style. I could do that.
The next step after choosing a design idea was to become familiar with my subject, which meant lots of drawings of flat on, static, lifeless and in short, f*cking boring faces.
Next; a test of finishing style. I was surprised with how happy I was with this, and how well it came out. http://narcotic-nightmares.deviantart.com/art/Black-Swan-Teaser-283915126?q=gallery%3Anarcotic-nightmares&qo=2
Typography. I wanted a nice messy style - in keeping with how I was going to render the final. I like the red swan on the lower type.
My first attempt at the final. While I think each element in it works to a degree, as a whole I totally and utterly hate it, and am only showing as a point of reference for my repainted version.
So, after much deliberation and self deprecation, I spent a sunday totally repainting the final, lightboxing my test on finishing style onto fresh A3 board, and repeating the processes. As I was finding out that the eyes of Portman in Black Swan are the main focus - far beyond that of any other part of her face - I decided that the inclusion of anything but the eyes, in terms of composition and impact, were totally unnecessary, so I removed them all together! http://narcotic-nightmares.deviantart.com/art/Black-Swan-Full-Page-284289857?q=gallery%3Anarcotic-nightmares&qo=1
My favored design, with an alteration of the type, and included masthead.
And that's where I decided to call it quits on this assignment.