The Diver Studio exhibition finally has a name and a poster. The exhibition will be called “12 FINGERED HAND” and feature new work from Charles Baughman, Marc Bosworth, Chris Frank, Lauren Fitzgerald Miller, John Pirtle, Brad Ruder, Hannah Scott, Lee Shiney, Ian Stewart, Sarah Stewart, Kevin Wildt and myself.

All 12 artists featured in “12 FINGERED HAND” are creating poster designs to promote the exhibition.

THE STORY BEHIND MY POSTER DESIGN

My original idea for the poster was a deformed frankenstein / zombie / monster hand reaching into the composition. I wanted the poster to have a vintage horror film / grindhouse poster vibe. I quickly discovered that drawing a 12 fingered hand is more difficult than it sounds. I wanted the anatomy of the hand to convey functionality and appear somewhat plausible. I didn’t want a ball of meat with 12 fingers protruding from it. I wanted a terrifying monster hand that looked like a fully functional hand. You have to believe that this bizarre hand could actually grab you and cause some damage. I wasn’t super happy with my initial drawings and I decided to go in a different direction.

After seeing a really awesome gigposter for Tobacco designed by Delicious Design League, I decided I wanted the poster design / illustration to be symmetrical like a Rorschach test. I proceeded to dissect my original drawing to create a 6 fingered hand illustration that could then be mirrored to create a 12 fingered hand image. Then I hit another wall. The hand alone wasn’t a very powerful image.

Time to shift gears again…

I thought it might be interesting to make my “12 FINGERED HAND” poster a companion piece to the poster I designed for my upcoming “TWO-HEADED BEAST” exhibit at Newman University. I dug into my reject pile and unearthed an unfinished drawing of a woman’s face that I had originally created for a Sci-Fi inspired illustration I never finished. I cut and pasted the two drawings together to create a disturbing image of a woman with a giant hand growing out of her head. She looks like a Cenobite from the Hellraiser films. I liked that she was beautiful and grotesque at the same time. The illustration quickly traveled deeper and deeper into a psychedelic / kaleidoscopic world and the colors become more and more vibrant. I never planned on having so much pink in the poster. I originally wanted a more muted and monochromatic color palette but the imagery pushed the colors into a different direction. This is a poster that designed itself. The poster is really strange.

I hope you all like my poster design.

I will post the other 11 posters in the very near future.

 

 

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Original Drawing

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Final Poster

Diver Studio, 424 Commerce, Wichita, KS
Exhibition: 12 FINGERED HAND
Exhibition Date: Final Friday, October 31st, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Featured Artists: Charles Baughman, Marc Bosworth, Chris Frank, Lauren Fitzgerald Miller, Dustin Parker, John Pirtle, Brad Ruder, Hannah Scott, Lee Shiney, Ian Stewart, Sarah Stewart and Kevin Wildt.

In 2008 Tangent Lab hosted an art exhibition on Halloween night called “Nightmare Lab,” and the theme of the exhibition was reoccurring nightmares.

The “Nightmare Lab” exhibition presented an opportunity for myself and Brad Ruder to collaborate on a screen-printed poster design for the exhibition.

I wanted to design multiple poster designs and then randomly overprint those designs in various combinations to create a series of posters that looked like test prints or rejected prints. I wanted each poster to be a unique one of a kind product. I probably got the idea from Aesthetic Apparatus.

My first poster design was inspired by the vintage rubber monster mask advertisements that you would often find in comic books and magazines. I tried my best to capture the design aesthetic and illustration style of those old advertisements.

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My second poster design features a crude illustration of some zombies and some hand drawn type. The illustration is a little goofy and I wish I would have pushed the goofiness a little further and exaggerated the cartoony quality of the illustration more. But I still love the Abe Lincoln Zombie. The rest of the illustration is hit and miss. In retrospect, I really wish I took the extra time to hand draw all of the type. I got lazy and used a dumb font for the address and url at the bottom of the poster. Another 1 or 2 hours of work would have made the poster 100 times better.

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My third poster features a pair of skeletons and some sort of electrical diagram I found on Google. The poster is really really terrible. Laziness strikes again!

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Here is a composite image I created in Adobe Photoshop to see what the final poster designs might look like. These composites feature some of Brad’s artwork in the background. I probably created this composite to sell Brad on the idea of overprinting the poster designs.

BRADDUSTMOCKLong story short…

We ran out of time and ended up NOT screen-printing the posters. We ended up printing a bunch of posters at Kinkos.

This is what the final posters looked like.

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I dug deep into the vector graveyard and resurrected two monster illustrations of Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster that were inspired by vintage halloween masks. Both monsters are now available at my Crated shop at www.crated.com/dustinparker.

old-school-frank-webFrankenstein Monster – https://crated.com/art/98491/old-school-frankenstein-monster-by-dustinparker

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Dracula – https://crated.com/art/98490/old-school-dracula-by-dustinparker

 

 

In 2012, I decided to abandon my painterly / dry brush aesthetic and embrace a more comic book inspired aesthetic that would allow drawing, rather than painting, to be the dominate element of my digital illustration work.

I started a series of daily digital drawings to beef up my drawing muscles and generate ideas for future digital illustrations.

Unfortunately, my daily drawing routine ended after only 8 days.

This portrait of Bill Murray is one of the 8 drawings that I created during that period. I also drew portraits of John Waters, Steve Buscemi, David Lynch, Karl Pilkington, David Lynch, Louis C.K., and Paul Reubens.

But the Bill Murray is probably my favorite drawing of the batch.

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