Neil Gaiman is holding a mini competition to design a poster which could end up in bookshops across the land to advertise buying / giving books at halloween. Its called All Hallows Read.
So, I collected all the roughs up in to one image - I was originally thinking of having one kid sitting down in the bottom 'strip' and having a monster be situated in the background, possible with a quote to back up the image - but then I hit a mini wall. I originally intended to have a cute kid in the foreground reading some horror books - horror books which are questionable reading for young kids ofc. My original designs were making a link between the kid reading the book which was pictured in the background - this bothered me, so I had to think of a workaround.
I then tried more of a 'spooked by the book' approach in the second image, but I think I have settled on the third image - its a bit more of a 'wonder' image than a 'scary' image, though I think that works better here - it re-inforces the idea that books are wonderous things, and doesnt worry me about limiting the audience.
Hmm, this might be a hassle to print on a shirt. I think the fade would need to be done as a gradient if it were to ever be printable.Also still not too sure if the text is clear enough - I think on the thumbnail its obvious, but when the image is printed larger its a lot more difficult to tell. Also, the K in Block should be re-done.
Sorry these arent as refined as the last two. Its getting a bit late, and I got really angry on the second page... I want him to appear menacing without literally grabbing the Father character and hoisting him up / pinning him down. it could just be that I need to flop it for the text to work, but that will be for a few days time, right now I need to leave these to twist around in my mind whilst I think about them.
This isn't what I was hoping to put up for post 200 - I wanted to make a funny picture, but I decided to show a couple of Beauty and the Beast compositions I am considering working up for my portfolio - I know the Waterstones competition didnt go my way, but I liked my character design, and I read the story with a mature edge anyway, so I thought a few more page layouts would go nicely in my portfolio.