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Absolute, Very Last, Latest Note: I realized it needed a tag line. It came to me as I was falling asleep and I promptly forgot it. This happened several nights running until I finally remembered it while awake. I kinda like.
Latest Note: Well, I think this is pretty much done. Graffiti is, as it turns out, a great way to get your frustrations out and be snarky. Lotsa graffiti now, but who knows, I may add more. But otherwise, it's done.
For the people who actually read my oddball little artist's notes (you poor, mad souls), I'm gonna be doing away with the first draft of this, so am incorporating a few of those notes into this version, which will be updated if I add some more stuff to the piece (darnit, it needs more snarky, nihilistic graffiti...and I've had so few suggestions...where are all the snarky nihilists these days...did they blow up the studio art departments across the land while I wasn't looking...oh wait, Bush was our last pres, so that's possible). However, in defense of my sanity, I feel the need to point out that this really was intended to be a simple little gag piece...and it just kinda...grew on me (insert fungus joke here).
Anyway, it's very nearly finished (cue whimpering over the lack of snarky, nihilistic graffiti). It was originally supposed to be a simple, reasonably small, collage style piece. I grew up with and always loved the old movie one sheets from the 70s and 80s. They were fun and some of them were really gorgeous paintings (as opposed to today's craptacular, just take a bad photo approach), and I really wanted to do something along those lines for an idea I've had running around in my head for ages. The figures in the forefront were only intended to be seen from the waist or so up, plus there were going to be additional scenes faded in around them (think The Empire Strikes Back's...er...homage to the classic Gone With the Wind poster).
Obviously plans changed. Why, I'm not exactly sure, except that I was on the phone (ah, gotta love unlimited long distance) and keeping my hands busy (a must lest utter destruction ensue) and I just kept adding things and got detail happy. Pretty soon it was less Empire and more Warriors (with all the background figures and the graffiti and such...that was a great poster).
It's now well over 100 layers (between adds, deletions, named layers, and numbered layers, I'm not exactly sure), and taking up over 300 megs on the HD (it was over half a gig, then I deleted the hidden layers). Having gotten a bit large and unwieldy for some things (like smudging), I actually wound up working on the background figures and bonfire in separate files, then moving them over---though they took a lot of additional finishing to match colors, highlights and shadows).
The last edit involved massive detailing and clean up (even though you can't really see it in the smaller version...lol), plus added some minor background elements (no more duplicate heads on my religious zealots) and got rid of the last of the generic zombies that briefly populated the piece. Plus I got my faux credits blocked in...lol...lotsa in-jokes, plus my funky, play on the 20th Century Fox logo...it's supposed to be a linked f/f symbols, plus a stylized rainbow arching over them. Not sure it works, but it's a small touch. The old version for anyone curious can still be seen here...but it's going away soon.
Nothing should be implied from who got zombified other than those were the folks I could find good reference stills for that worked for what I wanted...though I've gotta say, Grant Aleksander is great for that undead look. All that lovely bone structure comes out so nicely. Bwah!
Btw, for anyone who opts to download the full sized version, be warned, it's large, both in scope (4500x6000 pixels), and also in file size (around 2 megs, even massively compressed).
And, since some have asked (some rather hopefully...er...), I don't particularly wish to decapitate Rafe (beat with a clue-by-four, yes...actually remove head, no). It's just the Frank really needed something in his SL hand and I had that Rafe still running around and it made me giggle (what can I say...it's been that kind of week).
Artist's Note: A couple of people have commented on the "Written and Produced by Alaina Smithee," in the credits, and someone wondered if that's my name. Nope, not even close. It's an in joke. In filmmaking, the name Alan Smithee is often used by folks who don't wish their real names to appear in the credits. Most often it's directors, but writers, and others have used it (and in checking on IMDB, at least one actress...I did not know that). I thought about leaving the regular version of the name, but that seemed somehow...inappropriate, given the subject matter, so I feminized the first name. In short, it's really just one more bit of humor.
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