This year I made the poster illustration for Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre (BARS), an international film festival oriented to independent productions and devoted to the genres of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy. With its trajectory, it's also the most important in Latin America.
In its fifteenth edition, BARS topic is 'Bloody Anniversary', so I tried to make the most macabre birthday of a girl's life. Mostly because in lots of parts of Latin America, fifteenth birthday party is the greatest - and long waited - celebration to any teenage girl, a transition from childhood to young womanhood.
On the first sketches I handled other celebration options, plus the cake's first glimpses. After choosing the teenage topic, I made a couple versions to visualize the interaction between the girl and her cake.
References & Pencils
Here was when the project became a team job. Via facebook, I asked lots of friends to send me their best dead faces, which after I used to create a reference collage for the cake. I didn't want to lose the handmade touch, so I put the collage on my monitor and made a linear pencil drawing, which after I scanned.
Finding the correct girl was easy, thanks to Stefania Gariazzo, the promising young illustrator who was the model; and her father Jorge Gariazzo, who is a professional photographer.
I gave them references and indications of poses, acting, proper lighting, required props. And after one session, they made some great pictures.
Lastly, some WIP of the digital process, and a couple nasty close ups (with hidden messages and homages, so please pay attention!)
Reception, Social & Merchandising
I will keep updating this project with pictures of the festival, related merchandising or any important news.