The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Poster

For the 2015 season at The Orlando Repertory Theatre I created the poster artwork for the play version of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (2010 Newbery Honor Book by Rodman Philbrick).

The story is an adventure about a twelve-year-old orphan, named Homer, who runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army.

With the development of some more graphic styling in my work lately, along with the technique I’ve been using for my personal graphic novella, I wanted to try this poster art as a strictly digital vector final.

I look forward to seeing what the poster looks like with the type next season.
 

 
 

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Poster
I drew a thumbnail of my visual direction on paper for the poster then refined the sketch with slightly more detail. I then flipped one (horizontally) to check and show the client the head position both ways.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Poster

I sent in a color study also for the client’s review.

The art director came back with some suggestions to make Homer look younger and to give him a grin to suggest the fun aspect, and to help juxtapose the terrifying aspect of the Civil War. Plus to change the grass to green so it didn’t look too much like the desert.

 
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Poster

Here is the finalized sketch. Ink on Bristol, which I then scanned in, and then tweaked, and then added color digitally. I added the details on the flags using stars and stripes created digitally.

See full post here: The World of Brian Demeter2014-06-23.