Monday, February 08, 2010

Sketches, doodles, and thumbs for The People VS George Lucas

Before the final idea was approved, I did many sketches, doodles and thumbnails. And because I was under such a tight deadline, these drawings were not all beautiful to look at, most were scratches, and ideas that had to be put down quickly. The director and crew at Exhibit A Pictures had ideas of what they wanted but didn't quite know the direction they wanted to go? We went through many variations of how George could look, how he should or shouldn't look, how the fans should or shouldn't look . . . the idea for the poster changed several times. At one point there was going to be a large crowd on each side of George. A hating side and a loving side. Keep in mind, the poster size is 27"x40" and I only had a week and a half from start to finish . . . so, in short, the idea for the poster bounced back and forth between the director, me, the producers and so forth until finally settling on the final idea. It's an exciting ride and it helps that the folks at Exhibit A Pictures were great to work with, and very nice people.

This was one of their first ideas. To speed up the process, I painted his head and then photoshopped random picture references for the hands and background. If this idea survived, I would have re-drawn everything shot my own references and from there, painted.

I really liked this sketch. George doesn't care what the critics say, loving fans or hating, he's George Lucas, he can do what he wants.

This was one of many sketches having to do with hands pointing at George . . . the ideas for the poster at this stage were all over the place and I was feeling a bit nervous . . . my time was diminishing drawing all these hands took quite a bit of time, painting them all would have been a crazy amount of work, but if developed and pushed a bit more the idea could have been interesting. In the end, we all decided to move on to other options.

I thought this was a fun idea, two fans fighting with light sabers over George's head. Again, please keep in mind these sketches are doodles, drawn in a matter of minutes to give the director something visual to look at. We went back and forth with this idea and had variations of this idea . . . but in the end they didn't want the fans to be fighting each other, so we moved on.

Quick sketch of my friend Nathan, as the loving fan!

Sketches of my friend Josh as the upset hating fan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woooow so many sketches in such a short time! Incredible! You have done a super great job in such a short time with so many changes! (I'm Wondering why the don't wanted the George with the fingers in his ears? I really liked that idea)

11:51 AM  
Blogger Aaron Wilkin said...

Cool!!!! Thanks for sharing your roughs!!! All that research and preparation pays off in the end when YOUR final image is awesome!!!! Your work is actually teetering on photo realism. The denim work on the poster is bang on!!!!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilmsen said...

Great sketches and visuals to become a nice poster. I like the sketch of Natan very much! Thin lines and color panes.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Dominic Philibert said...

Nice study sketches!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Aller said...

Thats great Jason, love seeing the process of the idea into the finalization of it. I'm sure with your experience with the whole short turn arounds this tight deadline was somewhat manageable. Still amazing job Jason, I don't know how you do it.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Ian Summers said...

Unbelievably awesome work!

3:24 AM  
Blogger kencoogan said...

Wow, great to see how this illustration came together!! Your so called 'rough sketches' are equally as the finished product too!

4:37 AM  
Blogger ian said...

very cool to see the developmental sketches. Have you seen that your poster is on

7:49 AM  
Blogger Troy Douglas said...

Hey Jason,
Did you see that your illustration made the front page of

8:00 AM  

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