Thursday, July 24, 2008
When commissioned to do a poster for Flogging Molly, I first knew exactly what I didn't want to do: shamrocks, pints of Guinness, celtic knots, or white, working-class boxer characters. I love that Irish punk sound (the Pogues being one of my favorite bands ever), but that imagery has been done to death. Luckily, the assignment was given to me before my trip to Ireland, so I decided to sit back and let the country itself inspire the design.
Some of the coolest parts of Ireland were its old cemeteries. They had so much atmosphere and mystique that they practically begged to be captured on paper. I sketched a few on location, then soon realized I had my inspiration. After that the whole thing came together pretty much simultaneously; the text, the frame elements, and the illustration. The biggest hurdle I faced then was deciding whether to go grayscale or add color. As you can see, I found my answer somewhere in the middle.
Stylistically, I looked to artists like Matthew Woodson and Mike Mignola to capture that gothic, yet antique, sense of atmosphere, but I think it ended up like a 1930's animated cartoon. But hey, that's style for ya. You don't find it, it finds you.