Friday, April 10, 2009

She Talks in Her Sleep


Of the three Indy films (I haven't watched the 4th yet), I've seen The Last Crusade the most times by far. I think it would have to be my favorite because the relationship between Indy and Henry Sr. is so damn hilarious. The film has all the awesome qualities that makes the series so great: ridiculous action sequences, exotic locales, unbelievable treasure, the vermin of choice, and a hot chick, but the bonus element in Crusade is the side-splitting banter between father and son. Their facial expressions alone are worth watching it over a few times. Especially Henry Sr.'s face when Indy finds out his father also slept with Dr. Schneider.

With the Crusade poster, I also tried to keep the series consistent with a lot of the same criteria I used in the 1st couple of posters. Among them include the limited color scheme, the big head at the top right, the chase scene on the bottom right, the logo down below, the filmed in color banner, and a background silhouette of one of the key settings. I wanted to play up the love connection between the Joneses and Elsa because it plays an important part of the plot so Indy and Elsa are almost equal in scale and you can also make a visual "triangle" between the three characters. Because it's my favorite on the Indy series of films, I really wanted to get as much as I could into this one. The story is dense and so is this poster in comparison to the previous two. I certainly hope you guys dig it!

This poster should be available soon from Acme Archives .

66 comments:

Vince M said...

Wow.

Jesse said...

I love this series of posters and you've inspired me. Well done!

Le Tang said...

Great! Love the style in your posters!

Dorota said...

Finally. So great!!!!

Baron said...

This is really ironic, I just saw the 4th movie for the first time last night... lol I thought it was good, but I still like the 3rd the most.

Aaron J said...

Love it, I just wish I could afford to drop $150 on a print.

I hope someday you'll be able to make these available for those of us who can't drop that kind of cash! :)

anders said...

Amazing again! I hope you like the fourth movie! Not everyone enjoyed the shift from 30s pulp to 50s pulp, but Indy ages well.

Rick said...

Excellent, really excited about adding this piece to the other two. I hope you consider one for the fourth, or maybe even something along the lines of Fate of Atlantis if you're familiar with that. Eric, do you ever have to come to Orlando to do any work?

nivare said...

Wonderful! I waited so long for and this one - and it doesn't disappoint... Thank you so much!

Karasumi said...

Superb.
So glad to have the third one.
Don't worry if you don't want to do Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I'm sure no one will mind

Greg said...

Truly Awesome! I will be purchasing it from Acme as soon as it's available. You really should see the 4th movie, I think it fits in well with the other three.

HelloMyNameIsDave said...

Best Indy Print yet!

Jeff said...

absolutely amazing, as a Graphic Design student, you truly inspire and motivate me. Are all of these posters done in illustrator? Just curious. Thanks!

Don Dowd said...

Awesome job, Eric. Well worth the wait. I love especially that you kept such consistency with the titles and layout of each film poster. Hurry and see "Crystal Skull"; you'll like it, especially the opening of the movie. Can't wait/hope to see a final poster for that film so I can own the entire set. Flawless as usual!

RJ said...

Awesome posters! Makes me wish that I had a talent.....

Barbie said...

Very nice, Eric! I really like this one.

Larry said...

Man...you got lots of comments.

Anonymous said...

This is great. One question, does this have an overall greenish tint to it, versus the yellowish/orangish tints on the first two?

ACME said...

As always, Eric did a fantastic job on this piece! To answer the last question, yes, this piece does have a green tone to it. The first one had yellow and the second had brown.

It should be available on the Acme site in early May!

-Chris
www.AcmeArchivesDirect.com

Ry's Photo Blog said...

Really nice composition and balance to it. Great job Tanner. And I agree with you, the banter between Father and son is great in that film....may be my favorite part about it. I wish Mr. Connery would've agreed to show up in the 4th one....maybe he could've saved it.

Jan said...

Fantastic... I've already loved the first two. A keen question: Is there a slightest chance that you put up higher-res versions of this one and the other two? Because these would make fantastic vintage style DVD-covers (which I love to create for fun).

Tanner said...

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! It's definitely a blast, as well as a lot of added pressure, when you try to do justice to something you grew up a HUGE fan of.

Rick, unfortunately I rarely leave California for work. It would definitely be nice to get out to Orlando someday.

Jeff, after I draw all the elements out with a blue pencil, they are then scanned and traced in Illustrator. The worn effects are later added in Photoshop.

Ry, I haven't seen the 4th flick yet but all the negative comments I've heard about it really make me wanna see it now! I'll let you know how it goes ;)

Anonymous said...

Eric, If you see the 4th movie and like/dislike it, will you do one more art poster or will you stop at the three originals? Great work overall! Phil

Craig Mackay said...

Justice has been done, my friend. Well done! You have chosen...wisely.

Johnny Cupcakes said...

Hey Eric,

I've been searching for your e-mail address but no luck. I love your style and wanted to hit you up to see if you'd be down with some poster illustration for me brand? I'll be out visiting my shop in Los Angeles on 7959 Melrose Ave, all of next week. Hit me up yo!

johnny@johnnycupcakes.com

jazzndance said...

i have to say this is pretty awesome!

jpc123 said...

Student essay question.Can you help. How do you feel about the new artists taking from old artists. Do you think it is a brilliant idea for inspiration to take from old artists or are the artists of today becoming lazy or have a creative block of this generation.The pendulum effect of art and style repeating itself..Is it acceptable and inspiring or is it the new designers are not imaginable enough to become creative since so many hobbies are none creative interactive activities anyway.

Tanner said...

Hey JPC123,
That is a great question that requires a long answer, but I'll try and keep it as short as possible. My answer to whether it's okay to be influenced and inspired by artists or movements from the past and use that style with new art would be yes as long as 1. It makes sense as far as context. 2. You inject some sort of your own viewpoint or style into it. 3. You give credit where credit is due to the artist who inspired you. I'll use my Ratatouille posters as an example. The rationale for the style was 'what kind of art would be hanging in an established French Restaurant?' I didn't just use Cassandre's style as a jumping point just because he's French and his stuff is awesome, it's because that's exactly what you see in these types of restaurants. When someone sees that style, that's exactly what pops into their head and it instantly brings them into that world. No other style out there would make sense with this project so in my opinion, it feels completely justified. I did add my own character style and design layout to the series and I credit Cassandre every time someone asks where I found inspiration for it.

Your question about new artists being lazy is another story. I do see certain artists who rip off a style completely and use it in EVERYTHING they do. None of it is justified and it doesn't tie into what their trying to say. The only justification is that they like the style. That, to me, is being lazy. But as a whole, I would say the majority of artists I know are trying to make their own statement. We're in a weird time where everything is being regurgitated all at once. I see kids in the same group dressed like The Ramones, Kurt Cobain, Buddy Holly, 50 cent, and some new wave florescent & feathered hair band member all the time. EVERYTHING from the past is out there and in again and that would find its way into the art world as well. So no, i don't think their lazy if they do have direct ties to artists of the past. They're just trying to make what people nowadays want and are influenced by.

Man that was a long answer anyways! I hope it helps you out.

jpc123 said...

Thanks you very much. I will will quote you answer in my essay.

Geert said...

Hi! Love your work. I'm the proud owner of the Beastie Intergalactic Airways poster! :)

I was wondering if you were interested for an interview in my design magazine GizMag. Take a look at http://gizmag.eu. And let me know, so I can send you more info.

geert@gizmag.eu

Anonymous said...

Eric, I like the fact that you put the knight with the symbolic crusader Christian cross in the place where Henry Sr.’s physical heart is. All Indy fans know that Medieval (Middle Age) Studies was where Henry Sr.’s heart was most of the time. It's symbolic in itself. Good stuff. Phil

dylansdad said...

It's early May. Bring it on!!

vinyl said...

aghhh. I am trying to find a print from the first movie. no luck on flea bay and acme doesn't have it listed. any suggestions?

AK said...

Awesome work. Love your stuff. Already have the first two, very much looking forward to picking up this one as well. Alas, due to my loathing of the 4th film (which is just a tragic mistep in my opinion), your print for that would need to get me to another level of Nirvana to buy it. Regardless I'm sure you'll make it pretty cool looking as well. Tell ACME to hurry up and get this 3rd print available on their site!

Anonymous said...

Just bought your Temple of Doom poster at Acme's Memorial Day sale. Now I have to save up for Last Crusade and the set will be complete (because I also loathed the 4th one).

dylansdad said...

Glad to see the Last Crusade print finally available--and getting it during the Memorial Day sale was a bonus! Just placed my order, and I can't wait to finally get these framed and on display. Thanks for your great work on this series!

Tanner said...

Thanks guys! I'm glad you're enjoying the art in the comfort of your homes. I always get a kick out of knowing that the hard work pays off and the stuff I do makes it's way to living rooms, bedrooms, and offices across the country. Even around the globe! I'm definitely a very fortunate artist.

Ray said...

Awesome, Eric. PLEASE make a "kingdom of the crystal skull" one. Complete the saga. I already have wall space set for all 4!!

Great again!!! Thanks.

Greg said...

Just got the Last Crusade this week in the mail. It looks awesome. I agree that you should make the Crystal Skull, then we can all stop bugging you about it.

cyberia is media said...

This poster/print is in the latest comic previews-call your local comic shop to order, and probably get a decent discount to boot.

Joe said...

Already ordered Last Crusade. Please get crackin' on Skull so we can have complete sets!

anders said...

This just arrived in the mail. Thanks, sir!

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Anonymous said...

Hey Eric, Did you see the 4th movie yet? If so, will you do one more art poster or will you stop at the three originals? We all are wondering. Thanks! Phil

Mike said...

Eric, hope you enjoyed the 4th film. If not, at least the first 20 minutes and/or Jungle Chase. Maybe the perfect inspiration for the final poster. If you do it. PLEEEASE! I'm begging. My life will be complete when I see all four (maybe 5) together. Thanks again, hope you're well.

minty said...

Love it! I have this plus your Temple of Doom poster. They're beautiful! I'm really keen to get my hands on a Raiders Of The Lost Ark you did a while back, but they're all sold out. I don't suppose you have an A/P you could sell me, or have any idea of where I could look for a secondhand one? It'd be really cool to complete the set. Thanks - David

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Arben said...

Hey Eric,

Just added part three to my collection, thought you might like to see 'em in the wild:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/654741/ijtrilogy.jpg

Thanks!

Tanner said...

Arben, that looks great! Nice choice of framing and it's really the 1st time I've seen them all together like that. Thanks for the pic!