My final piece of work for HBO was a series of t-shirt designs celebrating ‘Westeros’ Most Deadly’. The brief was simple – one colour art of a Human, White Walker, Dragon and Dire Wolf. The trick was getting close enough to the subjects without having a hard, cropped edge, or holding shape (always a dead giveaway that the art hasn’t been created for the t-shirt), so I used negative space – the horse, shield etc. to blend the images back into the tees. They were produced colour on colour (the images at the bottom are a reasonable approximation). Working strictly in black and white was a good exercise, usually I go to town with colour. Then come back from town with tons more.
The Beautiful Death logo is something I made for fun. What do you mean that doesn’t sound like much fun?
I was commissioned to produce one last Beautiful Death for HBO, as an exclusive for SDCC (San Diego Comic Convention). The subject is Shae, strangled by Tyrion. It’s a pretty desperate scene. Cross referencing with the books, the Hand of the King wears a chain of interlocked hands. Both father and son had been the Hand of the King, both are responsible for the death so the idea was suddenly obvious.
This project came through my mate Griff, who’s a film-maker, illustrator, art director, all round good egg. It was a series of shorts to promote Stephen King’s new book Mr Mercedes, by referencing a few of his previous classics. I learned quite a lot about drawing for animation – being much simpler, much more direct and not fretting about details on something that would be seen for a split second. It’s something I would love to do more of.
As usual, we wished we’d had more time, more resources, more everything, but I think the animation does the job. All the heavy lifting was on Griff’s side – I need to point out – I just did some drawings, and the video below should link through to Griff’s Vimeo channel.