Design Filter: Psychedelic Poster
11 November 2022
I was randomly assigned the film Raging Bull (1980) to design a poster. You can read about the project and see the final outcome in my Portfolio.
This blog series, Design Filter, is to focus on my design process for a few projects. This includes showing process work like mind maps and thumbnails.
This post will contain some spoilers for film The Raging Bull (1980).
To make this movie poster, I first watched the film in order to form my own opinion about it. I considered a few different approaches to metaphorically communicate a relationship breakdown and did an exercise of word association mixed with a mind map to get me started with the design.
One unused concept was to explore the idea of misguided chivalry (a white knight) using medieval imagery to focus on Robert De Niro’s character who is destructive, violent, and lacks self-insight. The inspiration for the medieval imagery were designs by Aubrey Beardsley who produced illustrations for Le Morte de Arthur [sample images in a blog post by Enchanted Booklet].
After focusing on one of the thumbnails of the characters sitting apart on a giant sunflower to emphasise their failing relationship in a more literal way, I did studies of some movie stills and used reference books to develop the imagery.
Imagery of a knight with arrows in his eye or being defeated by a dragon eventually bled into the final concept with the characters sitting apart and being surrounded by screeching flying dinosaurs. Here's the final black and white lineart to show what I mean.
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