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“Hero: The Musical” poster

April 5, 2012

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Hero poster

What have I been up to recently? It’s pretty obvious I haven’t been posting any comics or art projects, and my written observations have not been posted with much regularity. I promise I haven’t been sitting around eating Doritos and watching Netflix streaming all day, though I wish that were the case.

Here you see the first public image from one of the major projects I’m working on now. The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is producing an original musical called Hero about a guy who draws comic books. Logically, they need someone to do illustrations for the show, which includes marketing images, onstage drawings and sketchbooks, a website, behind-the-scenes drawings, and a full comic book that will appear onstage and be sold at the show. And that person is me!

I’ve been working on this for a couple months now, and this is the first finished art to be produced. The artistic director and I took some time to land on the exact style of the drawing (somewhere between mainstream superhero and autobio comic with a certain level of darkness to some of it). This is not only the poster for the production, but will also be the cover for the comic book. Each of the characters are based on the actors who have been cast in the show.

In about a month, we’ll have a website up for the production that will feature a regularly updated sketch blog, so you’ll be able to see a lot more then.

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