Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Grrrrrrr!!!


January brings yet another "Under the Influence" show thrown by the fine folks at Gallery1988 . This time, the subject matter a ton of amazing artists will pay tribute to is He-Man and The Masters of the Universe! I had a lot to draw on for this one cuz frankly, He-Man - along with Transformers, G.I.Joe, and Robotech, ruled my childhood. My room was filled with these crazy action figures. I never had the fortune to get a hold of that badass playset known as Castle Greyskull, but we did have Battlecat, the 2nd best thing about that toy series! By far, he was the fiercest looking character and I knew I had to do my own interpretation of that ferocious feline when it came to my piece.

I know what you're saying, "That poster looks absolutely NOTHING like your other stuff! What the heck happened????" Well, that "flat, simplified" look that came from working on 'The Incredibles' poster series & that I've used a lot over the past few years didn't quite seem fitting on this occasion. The 1st thing that came to mind when I decided on Battlecat was the idea that he looked like a samurai warrior with that head dress and armor. I ran with it and gave it the whole traditional Japanese scroll treatment. Instead of blocky shapes, I broke out a brush and some ink. It was quite liberating not having to vectorize this time and I hope it doesn't completely disappoint those who prefer the style I usually do. Don't panic, I'm pretty sure you're see more of the 'flat' stuff down the road.

For those of you who might actually dig this one, the show starts on Friday, January 8th til the 29th. The dimensions are 14" wide by 30" tall and it's a lithograph printed on some pretty thick, textured paper. It's a signed and numbered edition of 123. I believe it also goes on sale online after the opening. By the power of Greyskull!!!!

27 comments:

mav-rick said...

Mr. Tan, you've outdone yourself sir! I love your vector work and am really impressed by this. I hope we see more of this or your other amazing styles.

Keep it up!

ObFuSc8 said...

Different can be a good -- as it is here! Battlecat was my favorite character from He-Man. Love your interpretation.

I hope a few of these will still be available after the show opens tomorrow.

One last time...By the power of Greyskull...

Tommyboy said...

Man, I love seeing grayskull in the background. Very awesome!!

Jason said...

One word. BRILLIANT!

Vencys_lao said...

Great jobs!!

Awesome!
I Love the UP's poster! Wonderful!

See ya

Craig Mackay said...

Love this, Eric!

Mathieu Beaulieu said...

Beautiful and clever!
nice job

xDR JON3Sx said...

Eric, By any chance do you know how much the prints are going to run at the show? i would just like to be prepared....


btw, great work. as always!

dylansdad said...

As much as I love your usual style, I have to say that this is a really nice departure and it turned out great!

Tanner said...

Thanks everyone! I'm glad the different style is working for you. The next poster I've started also has a different look to it, so i hope it works just as well.

I believe the Battlecat prints will be $70 at the gallery.

Rorschach said...

If I can get out of work early today I am going to try and make it to g1988. Hopefully your print wont be sold out before I can get there.

Do you happen to know if anyone did a print for Buzz-off (the bee guy)? I would probably have to buy one of those as well.

brad said...

Will these be sold online? And if so, where?

Ry's Photo Blog said...

This is dope! Way to break the mold, Tanner!

TwoStep420 said...

Hey Eric,

Is there a way I contact you? Email? Can't find it anywhere. Please let me know. Thanks!

dacri2dasis said...

Hi, Eric huge fan I can't find your email anywhere can you post it? or email me at cartelexec@yahoo.com I had a question to ask.

Zach S. said...

keep up the awesome.

http://www.zforzombies.com/2010/01/i-create-bodies-i-dont-erase-bodies-bad.html#links

Dr. Bradley said...

Was able to purchase this @ Gallery1988. Looks amazing. Can't wait to frame it! Looking forward to scramble and try to pick up "The Crash" soon:) Thanks!

Damon said...

purrrfect for the year of the tiger too!

Dorota said...

I love this one. Great style Eric!!!

Carlos said...

This is Grrrrrrreat!! I love it!

Stacey Aoyama said...

Damn Eric! So awesome. Granted, I was more of a She-Ra girl, but your poster brought me back to those good ol' days playing with my 80's toys (JEM, She-RA, Transformers...). Congratulations on the artwork! My team is taking a "field trip" to the show on Friday, so I'll keep an eye out for it. Can't wait to see it in person :)

Tanner said...

Thanks for the compliments guys! I think I'll take more diverse routes like this in the future.

Stace, you know you still play with that She-Ra doll and know every Jem song word for word. There's nothing wrong with that...Anyways, have fun at the show! The castle is pretty damn cool!

gkratz said...

Hey i love all your work! i think the difference is incredible and it just shows your capabilities and how diverse your work can be, for all the people who thought all you could do was your vector work this defys that.
I do love your vector work though, and nobody could do it like you so dont give it up! I am in art school in Chicago and you're one of my HUGE inspirations. so much so i was wondering if there is anyway to get a hold of you besides writing on your blog?

Thanks for all the work this far! keep it up. i love looking at your blog.

Alina Chau said...

AWESOME design!

Almeda said...

Great design. I like this type of dashing Posters. I use it for my Business advertisements.

NYC Recessionista said...

Hi Eric,

I have a question for you, and I am hoping you can help me. Did you by chance design those posters that are hanging on the wall behind Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles movie? I have been searching for such a long time for some info on those, as I would love to have them made into prints and give them to my future husband as a wedding gift. He is such a big fan of those designs, and I would love to be able to gift those to him. It was one of the first movies we watched together as a couple. If you could please help me, that would be great. My email address is nycrecessionista at gmail dot com. Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me.

Tanner said...

Hey NYC, unfortunately I didn't work on the ones in the film. I did create a series on Incredibles posters that were influenced by the development art though. I think they can still be found at www.acmearchivesdirect.com