Under Red Sky
Promotional Illustrated Poster
The graphic novel "Under Red Sky" is a western that takes place in the Arizona Territory from the 1870's to the 1880's. It follows the young Sean Kelly, a witness to his family's gruesome murder at the age of 8, as he meanders his way through adolescence and into adulthood. The story focuses on the things he's seen, the people who help raise him, and the impact it all has on his life as he makes the decision to either forgive those who've wronged him, or to seek out vengeance.

For this limited edition poster to help sell the series, I illustrated the 18 year old Sean standing alone, a newly acquired pistol in hand. He's solemn and contemplative, as if he's pondering his direction or what should be done with the instrument of violence he's currently holding. The traditional graphite illustration was drawn on bristol board, scanned and lightly colored in Adobe Photoshop. Texture was added to further develop the area around him, and all was tied together by a Bible quote from the book of Isaiah:

"For the day of vengeance is in my heart, the year of my redemption is come."