I was recently tasked with creating a Django Unchained poster for Mondo’s annual Oscar-themed release event. The scheduling of this job put me in the position of having to create this image before the movie was even in theaters. Therefore, I essentially was left to pull from two distinct sources for the idea and visual reference. For the latter, I was basically limited to a couple of high-res trailers (which turned out to be more than enough.) The idea, however, came from reading the final draft of Tarantino’s script (which somehow found it’s way online.) This was the first time I had to create a poster before seeing the film, and I found the experience to actually be quite liberating. I wasn’t a slave to screen shots and I was allowed to inject a little more of my own personality and thought process into the final product. I suppose that some of the more talented illustrators are able to do that anyway, but I often find myself struggling to get beyond the carefully chosen visuals selected for the audience by the cinematographer and director. After reading and processing the script I focused on two central ideas. One being that a shooter’s speed can make all the difference between living to fight another day or taking a dirt nap. Therefore, I have Django frozen in that split second, right before he’s about to fan his revolver and consequently vanquish his foes. The other facet that I wanted to represent was Dr. Schultz’s German legend of Broomhilda and Siegfried. Instead of a mountain, I have the forlorn Broomhilda trapped in a castle-like plantation, the southern gothic pillars acting as bars imprisoning her in a cell. Standing in for the dragon are Candy’s henchmen, guns loaded, awaiting the inevitable battle.
These will be available for purchase on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00 am EST.
Variant: Edition of 135. 24”x36” screen print. Signed and numbered. Six colors on French Construction Steel Blue paper. $110.
Regular: Edition of 290. 24”x36” screen print. Signed and numbered. Six colors on French Speckletone Old Green paper. $85.
The variant can be found here, and the regular here.
(note: I do not have these prints in hand yet. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.)