I was rooting through some of my old drawings and came across this one. For those of you who were into comics back in the ’90s, specifically Image Comics, you might recognize PROPHET. Being dumb teenagers, me and my pal Mike were all over Image back in the day, constantly drawing our favorite characters. Looking at this, you can probably tell what comic pencillers I was a fan of at the time.
But this drawing of PROPHET represents something special to me. Real sentimental. I drew this in 1995 on the very first day of Graphic Design. After going through the signing of forms, course outlines and whatever else, the teacher gave us all some paper and asked us to draw something so she could get a gage on where people were coming from creatively. I remember people drawing houses and portraits … I drew PROPHET. I was out of high school for only 2 months at this point and this was the first drawing I did during a huge turning point in my life. I was 18, just a kid.
Drawing was something I just loved to do, at home in my room. But this time it was different. I was in a place to learn to create. To take those years and years of drawing and wield it in a different way with access to new tools and materials. I was at the beginning of a long journey and my future was unknown. Still is, I guess.
So when I was asked to draw something that September afternoon in 1995, I fearlessly drew PROPHET in a room full of strangers. No embarrassment at all. Still proud of that.
Here’s a poster design of everyone’s favorite scientist, Dr. Emmett L. Brown. In between doing full movie posters I like to do practise pieces to improve on some skills and techniques I’m exploring. This one started that way, as did THE SMUGGLER.
I’d like to think this was the expression Doc had on his face right before that lightning struck the DeLorean at the end of Part II. Stone cold determination, bravery and curiosity toward the unknown. But lets face it, he was probably screaming like a loon. His character was always my favorite from the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy. So here he is, heroic, immortalized in blue and purple.
Director: Philip Kaufman Genre(s) of Film: Sci-Fi | Horror | Thriller Origin of Poster: USA Year of Poster: 1978 Designer: Bill Gold Artist: —
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Really sad to hear of the passing of one of the best conceptual artists to have ever lived, the great and imaginative Ralph McQuarrie.
Like so many people of my generation, we grew up in the world of STAR WARS. Back in the early 80s STAR WARS was as important to boy of 5 as food and shelter. Me and my friends lived and breathed those movies and they were wonderfully inescapable. I remember waiting in line at the local Canex in Kingston, Ontario with my dad as he paid for something and watching the Electronics department as every television set showed Luke blowing up the Death Star.
Where there was STAR WARS, there was Ralph McQuarrie. Way back when George Lucas was developing the treatment for STAR WARS, McQuarrie was the first person he hired to create conceptual paintings of what the movie might look like onscreen. He created the tone and design that would be saturated throughout those first 3 films. His influence was huge, and STAR WARS would never have been STAR WARS without Ralph McQuarrie. I know he did a lot more than just STAR WARS, but this is the stuff that means the most to me.
Ralph’s ability to conjure up characters, vehicles and worlds out of thin air is absolutely awe-inspiring. Every painting tells a story all its own. A master.
Anyway, wanted to post a little thing to pay him tribute. He will be really missed, but his work and influence will live on forever. RIP Ralph.
Thanks to Dave Howlett for the heads up on that EMPIRE trailer.