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Kagemusha Silkscreen Poster.

 

Title: Kagemusha, 2018

Client: AD Francis Fung, Club Silencio Prints

Recognition: Society of Illustrators Annual 61, Institutional

Description: It’s 10-color silkscreen alternative movie poster of Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha for Club Silencio Prints.  The tale of a thief who had to impersonate a dying warlord and eventually lived as a full-time double when the warlord died.  The haunting part of this movie is that a transition of the thief’s mental stability from being norm, a breakdown to crazed.  This is my third collaboration with AD Francis, and obviously it was such a wonderful experience working with him and his team again.  And this piece was accepted to the Society of Illustrators Annual show.

Thumbnails:

The thumbnail No.4 caught their eyes.  The idea was about a reflection…  A real image of himself and a fake image of himself being the warlord started torturing him, and he began to lose himself.  They wanted this piece to be rich and colorful, so I did a small color study.

Sketch:

The inking was hideous.  Drawing many many abstract shapes as clouds and water reflection and an intricate Japanese armor took so much time!! (duh! haha).  I also wanted to make sure there’s a statement of contradiction.  A petty thief and a confident warlord, weak and strong, cool tone and warm tone, reality and ideal, truth and lie…

Final drawing:

Thank you AD Francis and team!!