Friday, September 23, 2011

Reba Zatz - Phantom of the Opera (1925) Movie Poster

Behold! Lon Chaney in all his illustrated glory!




Work in Progress Images:

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  1. I love the amount of texture you got into the poster. The bow tie looks very shiny and the face has a nice weathered look. I seems like you have an understanding of how to use illustrator.
    The texture in the background could use a little work. It is distracting for me. Maybe if the icons are smaller or dimmer it will work better.

    I just noticed the shadow on the wall from the face. That is a nice touch.

    Nice job!

  2. Man okay those teeth are super freaking me out. They look super gross! This definitely looks creepy and vintage-y! Maybe not exactly like a horror movie, but pretty good! However I think your font choices and placements need some revision. Also it looks sort of fuzzy on the close up and I am worried that your textures will not expand well.

  3. His face is pretty gritty with texture which makes him look nasty. I like the variety of texture, but I feel that It could be used in more parts of this piece.

  4. I lovelovelove the way you used your textures in this, it really contributes to the grossness of the guy. I like the shadow you gave him too. I think giving the image more darks or shadows can further push the scary horror feeling. Maybe giving your main title a teeny shadow would give it more depth like your guy has.

  5. You're always very good with color choices, everything compliments itself very well in that regard. I would probably clean up around the eyes and eyebrows a bit so it looks more integrated with his face. The type is very nice too, looks like a real movie

  6. You've got some wonderful textures in the face here- it almost looks like zombie Phantom of the Opera! The texture in the hair is beyond lovely, and the bow is well done as well~ The ear seems to be blended oddly into the side of his head, and the shadows above the eyes seem a bit strange/less thoughtful, to me. I think your text placement is well spaced, and I love the fact that you added the shadow to place him right up against the wall.

  7. Reba, this is awesome. I LOVE how you've handled the stylization of his face. Especially his mouth. It looks awesome and really gritty. I think his eyebrow shadows could be softened around the edges a little with the same brush you use on his cheeks. It looks really really nice. I love how you've handled his hair, too - it has a great texture. The backgroudn wallpaper is an awesome addition to the piece - really nice pattern to complement the tone!
    Thanks for also including all of the movie information, title and actors names! The only thing I would modify is to have only one layer of type for the title, because it's got two layers, it gets a little hard to read. Maybe because it's such a skinny font? I like the idea of a script font, but maybe there is one that is a little thicker, or maybe just taking the white layer away would do it! I think you could also shrink the "her voice became his passion...." text to about 50% of what it is right now. It looks great there, but it gets a little close to his tie. I'd also shrink the title a little so it's not as close to his face.
    Great job on this. It looks like you've got some really nice tricks in Illustrator!