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Suicide Squad

It’s been a long time since i’ve last posted and a lot has changed regarding my creative pursuits since then. Some ideas i’ve scrapped due to lack of sustaining interest or time – others i’m still toying with. Freelance pays the bills but sure does eat into studio time. Speaking of, I’ve been working steady on some beer packaging that i’ll be posting in the coming months. But in the meantime… I wanted to share this:


I’m excited about this film and was looking for an opportunity to do an illustration without any limitations or compromise – meaning i was my own boss on this one. Something just to show off my particular skill set.  So I went through the trailers, frame by frame, and pulled images that i laid out in photoshop before taking it into illustrator.  The only prerequisite was that i wanted it to be a spot color job that could be easily screen printed (y’never know).

And just in case i’m getting ahead of myself and there are some readers who have no idea what they’re looking at  – It’s from an upcoming movie entitled Suicide Squad – A super hero flick with less emphasis on “hero.”

Here’s a detail:


Thanks for reading. – jbn


Bold Native

New commercial job i wanted to share. My second movie poster (hopefully of many more). I dig doing work in this field, i see my work in sort of a narrative way already; going from moving image to stills and back is something my brain seems to process well. In semi-related news, i’ve been writing, story-boarding and editing commercials for years in my advertising life so i understand the process… although i’m not sure that understanding helps at all in doing poster design so… scratch that thought entirely. Moving on:

So the film is about animal liberators. They sent me a screener, it’s dope. I believe it will be self distributed so look for it. The company behind it is called Open Road Films. I’m doing their logo so look for that eventually too.

I ended up doing several versions but i just wanted to post my favorite 3 here. The film shows actual, documentary footage throughout the fictional narrative, usually this footage is shown on monitors within the scene – so i tried to use that concept (monitors) within the visuals i created. I also like the idea of these guys going out at night, ninja-style, rescuing these critters – so this first one worked well for me – the foreground figure and the background being the same color only separated by green in the screens had a good feel for me.

I’m going to try to use the term “ninja-style” in absolutely every one of my pieces from here on out. Until i die. Dead. Here’s another:

And lastly, i wanted to do something that had less of a literal translation – more symbolic – i work well when i have the opportunity to tap into the meaning of something rather than just trying to translate a visual. The movie has a softer side, but i thought to get people’s attention it would be more effective to delve into the terrorist side of the animal liberator perception – and this is dealt with in the movie as well.

Denis, the writer/director/producer of the film was open to any style i wanted to try but i think i got the gig because of my stencil work. There’s a guerilla vibe to street-stencils that suits the movie well. So with that in mind, and the whole terrorist thing, this molotov-pig image popped into my head one day. It’s just unsettling enough to be wildly successful. That’s the criteria for success for all you youngsters out there – unsettle people, you’ll thank me later.

So there you have it. You can find more on the film here –   – Denis, Casey, it’s been a pleasure working with you – and to still be working with you – i do eat meat on occasion, i hope that’s okay. Thanks for the opportunity. Lets do more stuff.