Death Proof has some interesting characters in it (and plenty of girls) and I could go on about why I like it so much but the important thing is that is sparked a bit of fanboy motivation in me to draw something. Plus, there's a lot of inherent style with the whole Grindhouse feel that I initially thought would be fun to replicate. The thumbs above I remember doodling at the kitchen table of my parents house around Christmas time (already thinking of putting the printer to use). General layout ideas. At the top you can see I scrawled some stuff I wanted to watch and listen too for inspiration: "Escape" referred to "Escape from New York", "Matchpoint" was just in there because I like Scarlett Johansson, and "Vanishing Point" was a 70s car chase flick that was part of the inspiration behind Death Proof. So you can see a couple early ideas I had for dividing up the page with characters and imagery. I was thinking of dominant reds and black and dirty beat up edges and scribbly handwriting in typical Grindhouse fashion. In red col-erase are some very complicated math equations about dimensions and alloys and stuff I wouldn't expect anyone else to understand...
Trying to dial it in a bit more, I found an image of Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike) and decided to make him nice 'n' big in the background mostly because he would be the funnest to draw and is the best character in the flick. Kept the car with the girls around it, and it's hard to tell but there are some squares along the right side that I'm planning to put the girls' faces in. Title at the bottom in some sort of "Detroit car font" with kerning maxed out. Starting to think about colors a bit more too.
This ain't much tighter, but it's digital and basically allowed me to make sure I had the space for everything. And somewhere around this step I started getting excited about different possibilities. I think it was because the girl doodles were kinda stylized - at least in my mind. Triangle torsos, some hips, and a dot for a head. So instead of this gritty comic bookish, beat up Grindhouse look, I started thinking about somethin' kinda slick, kinda flat, kinda vector, kinda graphic, but not too graphic, that I could draw... So I guess I opted to stay within my own comfort zone/style but the contrast to the look that is already associated with Death Proof is what interested me even more.
And here's where I'm at as I type this. I drew all the pieces individually. Mike, the car, the silhouettes, then the girls' faces. And I re-drew everything multiple times just to get something I liked better. Mike was still more realistic in the beginning. With each drawing I had to push him a bit more. Same with the car. It was difficult to force some purposeful wonkiness and streamlined lines where appropriate. I just wanted to draw what I kept seeing in the reference image. Like a mentioned one other time in a post: I feel like I have to re-learn how to draw every time I start a project but that's part of the fun. The silhouettes came pretty easy, but I second guess a lot of lines curves vs. straights so I drew them a couple times each. The faces were tough mostly because I didn't know what angle/pose to use for each. Should it reflect their character? Should they be sexier just for interest? Should I alternate them looking right and left? Should they all be centered? Just a lot of questions.
Anyway, I think that's as far as I'll go as far as posting this project. I have other design ideas not show in these roughs but I know I'll fool around more as I start getting into Flash and Photoshop. Maybe I'll put up a low rez watermarked final version, but I want people to see/buy somethin' completely new from me in San Diego this year. Speaking of which - Dave and I will have our books this year! They're only a year late! Printing problems kept us from having our books in time for last year so if ya didn't order one from us online, then we'll have a couple fresh boxes to sell at the show this year. I'll do another reminder post or two as it gets closer to go time.