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DVD cover sketches

January 11, 2010

Here are some quick Illustrator sketches for the John Carpenter DVD cover project. I’ve been experimenting with using very simple illustrations, repeated to form patterns. I’ve attempted to sneak a twist relating to the film into each pattern, for example, a break in the razor wire on the cover of Escape From New York, a white-faced pumpkin (mimicking Michael Meyers’ mask) among the jack’o’lanterns for Halloween, or, in a different version, a single blood stained kitchen knife, pointing upwards, while the others point down. The covers for Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live! feature type integrated into the illustration. For the type itself I’ve been trying a combination of slab-serif faces like Rockwell and Memphis to reflect the American Western character of the films, with several different European sans-serif faces, like Futura and Avenir, to reflect Carpenter’s arthouse sensibilities. The next step is to nail-down which fonts to go with, and set about redrawing the elements for the illustrations.

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