Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Sneaks poster - process thread

This is the final poster, in jpg form. I started this on Sunday 25th of Feb and worked on it all night and almost all the next day. It was quite hardout and tiring. I enjoyed it though.
This is the initial concept. The sketch is actually about 3 years old. I remembered it really vividly and had to trawl through my sketchbooks to find it after I was having major trouble drawing pretty much the same thing. There's about 3 pages of awful crappy sketches trying to capture something along those lines.
Started drawing it up, throwing in the text and general dickery, trying to figure out the layout of the laser beams.

A bit more playing around. I dropped the lines out while I worked on the character. The left hand took aaaaaaages to get right. Many many revisions.

Not exactly an indepth process thread, as we didn't take photos as we went, but here's a pile of the prints after we'd laid down the grey.

There's our vacuum table

Final prints. These were completed on Saturday afternoon. I had so little sleep during the week due to working on this and my own work that it blew me away a little think that it'd gone from not existing at all, to being a 3 colour print in under a week.

One of the final prints. It's not perfect (we had big problems exposing the screens, I think the emulsion was nearing expiration) and lost a bit of a detail in the text at the bottom. We patched it up with a small stencil afterwards. Some registration errors, but there were only about 2 prints that were so wildy out that they were trash. I'd worked a bit of mess and chum into the original design so anything that happened during printing wouldn't be too detrimental to the overall image. phew!

All up, this is our first successful print run, and I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out. They're up around town and the uni's now apparently. I'll have to go check it out before they're inevitably postered over with crappy A3 black and white xeroxed WordArt pieces of shit. I'm such a hater.

Either way, I'm really looking forward to playing this show. The Sneaks are awesome, and it's going to be Universe's first ever show. Should be a lot of fun!


Heather said...

The posters around town look fucking amazing.

jared said...

looking good man!

Anonymous said...

Cuba St looks better this morning..

petra jane said...

Go with the slightly dodgy registration -- it's a reminder that these were hand-printed with love and/or sleep-deprived-overcaffeine-stimulated delirium. Each one is special and unique like a beautiful, slightly messy snowflake.

I've never seen a vacuum table before, care to explain it for the plebs amongst us?

Autistk said...

thanks everyone!
Petra: yeah I know what you mean, but at the same time, it'd be good to get it locked down. we can't really have wonky registration on any prints we make of other peoples work. So yeah..

anyway, a vacuum table is basically an airhockey table set to 'suck' instead of 'blow'. It holds the paper in place. Real handy when you're printing large areas of colour, like the grey on that poster. Without the vacuum table the paper sticks to the screen and can muck up the print a bit.

Anonymous said...

I am at ur gigs wearing ur masks

Larissa_T said...


i wanna see show photos, new poster art, and most of all i just want to feel LOVED

mark love said...

I have one of the last surviving ones of these on my bedroom wall. It's kiiiiilller, thanks so much for making these hadley. let's do the romp