Pimp2-D2's Big Score

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  • I recently finished a little parody poster project: Pimp2-D2's Big Score! The following is some of my process.
  • I started this project with a thumbnail. I had originally planned for this to be a vertically oriented poster but changed my mind once I dropped the finished illustration into layout.
  • Since I was my own art director on this one, I approved the thumbnail and dove right in to the painting. Here are some progress shots.
  • I do almost all of my paintings in acrylic on gessoed illustration board.
  • For this piece, since it was pretty technical, I worked in sections instead of building up the entire painting at the same time.
  • Pimp2-D2 was definitely the most difficult element of the painting.
  • Once he was done it was pretty easy to knock out the background elements.
  • Here's the scanned and cleaned up final art.
  • I wanted to give the poster a bit of that '70's blaxploitation feel. I took a few cues from the awesome Superfly poster. I added an element like the small feature of Curtis Mayfield as the composer but with Figrin D'an as the subject instead. I did a small 4"x6" painting of the cantina musician in bluish-black and layered a purple multiply layer over it in the final design to give it that toned feel.
  • For the titling I used House Industries Photo-Lettering site. The font is House Gothic. I was originally thinking of using the original Superfly color scheme, but decided a warmer color palette would compliment the illustration better.
  • It was a fun project and I was pretty pleased with the final result. Hopefully you like it too!