The Driver | 2012
Little White Lies cover illustration for the 2012 D&AD student awards. The brief was to create a cover image depicting the main character from one of five films from 2011, Drive, Black Swan, Super 8, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or The Tree of Life. I chose Drive as its imagery and 80s themed score and graphic design had stuck in my head since watching it a year earlier. One of the stand out set pieces from the film is the driver (he is never named) played by Ryan Gosling, wearing a rubber head and surveying a man who he would soon murder in an act of vengeance. After this scene he chases him down in his car, it strikes me that for his teeth to show as they are he must be smiling broadly underneath the mask, which is the unsettling feel I wanted to capture form the film.
When designing for Little White Lies the difficulty lies in the restrictive and oddly sized canvas, also there needs to be consideration for the typography which they insist is bespoke and not the font used in the film. Looking back at this piece I'm very happy with how the type came out, though I don't think there is enough emotion in the eyes for the viewer to feel that the driver is manically smiling under the mask.
Adobe Photoshop, Wacom Intuos4.