So, I've decided that the Fillustration Lovecraft Project will be broken into groups of five, to make it easier to digest for both myself and my audience. Having recently completed the first set, I wanted a change of style to kick off phase 2.
Q: When you get the urge to illustrate and design in a cheap, 70s graphic style, what do you do?
A: You indulge, follow that hound all the way and see where you go. In this instance, I think I did alright, considering it's a deliberate appropriation of a bygone style.
I had a different set of ideas and sketches for this one, but I kept telling myself to "reduce and simplify, reduce and simplify..." and eventually told myself to make it look like an old horror paperback cover from the 70s, something you'd come across in a Goodwill for a dollar, with yellow pages and a musty smell. The desire was so strong, I knew I had to exorcise it so it wouldn't pop up unintentionally in a future piece.