Friday, September 18, 2009


(image by Joey D.)

The show preview is NOW LIVE! There are so many amazing pieces in this show!!

See all the work HERE:

Back to getting ready for the opening tonight. Hopefully we'll see you there!

G1988 SF

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Animal House- Slaughter Edition

I decided to indulge my inner 13-year-old (which turns out, actually isn't that far from the surface) and put together the ultimate frat "slaughter" house, made up of some classic and not-so-classic horror movie stars.

Before and after below, to see the identifying key, click HERE.



I'm really excited to see the rest of the posters!

xx Kiersten

Terminator 2: Valentines Day

by Tim Tomkinson
gouache, ink, pencil, & collaged paper
30" x 42"

I was stoked when I got this poster. Definitely one of my favorites when I was a kid!

I wanted to flip the mood of this poster around a bit.. to show the softer side of this badass, rough-and-tumble Terminator character. Who's to say he didn't celebrate Valentine's Day? Or Cinco de Mayo? ... or even Flag Day? I bet he loves them all.

This piece was definitely a challenge. I
first took Katie's advice (via Lawrence Yang) to mount the poster onto Elmer's Foam Board, then I sealed the whole thing with a coating of matte medium.. both of which worked like a charm. I was originally going to try to paint directly onto the poster (or if that didn't work, the matte medium), but I use gouache so it didn't work too well. That left me with collaging in a background to work on, which was pretty tedious. Some of the flowers and leaves (and other random doodles) are drawn onto that first layer of collage, but a lot were drawn separately on different types of paper and then added in on top. For the title and tagline, however... I had to rely on photoshop and my ink-jet printer. Once I got the type, sizing, and color perfect, I printed them out, sealed them with matte medium, and glued them onto the poster. That actually worked better than I thought it would.. you can't even tell unless you get a couple inches away from the surface..

Well.. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the posters.. Wish I could make it out for the opening!

- Tim

Bio Top Pee Wee (Bioshock vs Pee Wee)



Cory Benhatzel
"Bio Top Pee Wee"
acrylic on movie poster
41 x 27 inches

Yes, I turned Pee Wee into a Splicer from Bioshock, the best game in the world (in my humble opinion).

Pee Wee was my hero growing up; I religiously watched him every Saturday morning and still watch his Christmas Special every year. Believe it or not, I still use the original VHS tape of the special that my parents recorded off TV for me 21 (!!!!) years ago!
Damn, I love me some Pee Wee Christmas Special.

I even remember crying harder when my dad told me that Pee Wee didn't exist than I did when I found out that there was no Santa Claus.

I was very excited that I was getting a Pee Wee poster to work with, but I was stumped on how to transform the poster. Justin and I were a LITTLE busy these past six months (moving cross country, buying our first house, getting new jobs and cars and getting married!) so this poster sat in it's tube for a few months.

I finally had the epiphany to combine two of my favorite things- Pee Wee and a Splicer from Bioshock.
Pee Wee is complete with his hypo of Eve, his pistol and his butterfly mask. I also think that his deranged expression perfectly fits the mood. I love this poster and hope that you do too.

<3 cory

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday the 13th - parts 1 through 9

Hi, here is a quick grid to show some of the work that went into this poster. Daniel and I had a lot of fun working on this!



Friday, September 11, 2009

The Magic is Back?

Lethal Weapon 2. For some reason I actually remember 1 & 2 fondly and can recall wishing I could dislocate my shoulder voluntarily like Riggs and live at the beach in a trailer. The poster, however, is a bit bland and took me a while to get any ideas. I included a few just to show you how lame brainstorming can get. Robocops still gets me though. In the end, I decided to go in a completely different direction. Hope you guys like it.

&Rew. I'm a poster poster.

I'm posting another shot of the poster.

Here's a bunch of in progress pics with varying degrees of "doneness". Werd?
I took pages from Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" and I pasted them around and in the image, so it's a collage of my stuff and Maurice's stuff. I hope he doesn't mind, but it's the only thing I could think of when I got the Wild Things poster assignment.

here's a pic of it drying before I put some more touches, pack it, and ship it up to SF. I tried to jam this piece with a bunch of little stuff to look at. Maybe some of you internet peeps will get a chance to see it in person? If not, I'll try to get a decent photo up at some point. iPhone just isn't cutting it.

I hope some of your viewers dug the process. This piece was really fun to make, plus i love wildthings AND denise richards. allot. good combo - it's very Cookies and Cream, except less calories. Calories, at this point in my life, are something I DO NOT NEED.

F-ck it, I'm out. I've gotta go to the fridge and point a pint of cookies and cream. This post made me hungry.


The Dead Pool vs The Chimp Pool

I thought I'd add some pics to my first post from below. Here's how it ended up coming out along with some close-ups.

So, here's the poster I got for the show. I thought it might be cool to incorporate a firing range target into the poster.

My initial thought was to make the movie poster an homage to all the Dirty Harry movies. That meant I had to have the Zodiac killer from the first movie in there somewhere.
I went out and got this target so that I could paint his face on the target.

I did a quick sketch of him and then painted him up on the target.

Here's how the face came out. I cut up the target portrait and pasted it into the poster. Like I said, the original plan was to put a bunch of Dirty Harry references on the poster. I was recently talking to a buddy about Eastwood's chimp movie, Any Which Way But Loose. Needless to say, my plan of attack has changed, and I now need to work some Orangutans into this poster. Stay tuned for the finished piece, or check out my art blog to see the final.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Transforming w/ PHONETICONTROL

Here are a few progress shots. More to come soon.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Van Damme is LionHeart is The Lion King

Here's a sneak peak @ Brandon Sopinsky's poster of LionHeart for 1988's Movie Poster Show! Its done with acrylic and spraypaint.

Cocoon Movie Poster WIP

Cocoon Movie Poster WIP - ink, gouache and watercolor on poster - 25" x 40"

Hi all, it's Lawrence. Here is where I am so far with the Cocoon movie poster for the show coming up at Gallery 1988. I feel pretty good about where the piece is... Apart from a few minor touch ups, I think this is mostly done.

Hope everyone had a good long weekend!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bonnie & Clyde

Here's an in-progess pic of Aaron Jasinski's poster...

Aaron had "Bonnie and Clyde" and I love that he's added a lot of his own work while still highlighting Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty's faces, as well as their names toward the top. The lighting is amazing! We'll post the finished image when it's ready.

G1988 SF

Friday, September 4, 2009

Indy MJ

The flyer is ready and that AMAZING image is by Jeff McMillan. Such a GREAT piece! I'm so excited about this show because everything we've seen so far is really good. Can't wait to see the rest of the work.

Stay tuned...

G1988 SF

Friday, August 28, 2009

&Rew. Under the knife

Progress pictures are fun although a time lapse would be more cool - I don't have that sorta setup. So here's to second best:

birth to death for this part of the image.
I gave this wild thing a skull nose. I love the idea of using a skull as a nose and I don't do it often enough. It's not so easy to tell and it sorta looks like a mushroom (grrrrr) but other than that, it's all good.
be seeing you,

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Well here's the beginning of my "It's A Wonderful Life" poster. A lot more to do but the hard part is over...I think!

&Rew. One more step towards the innevitable

Today I prepared another figure to gesso onto the poster:

inked, cut, and then I like to use an old sharpy and cover the edges so they're black and not paper colored. It makes the thing look more polished.

I'm probably going to add six or seven more character cutouts to the poster and then some little tiny random ones. It all depends on how much time I can make and how it looks when I secure all their positions over the art. I have an idea in my head on how I'm going to do it, but life has a way of getting between your head and your canvas.

There's still plenty of loose time for tragedy.

be seeing you,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

&Rew. Revenge of the movie monsters

I drew up a few creatures that I'll be adding to the mix.

Today I don't feel like talking much, so I won't, EXCEPT to say, that this is much more comfortable now. I'm working on that menu stock, which has excellent tooth and the tone is so freindly and familiar.

If you want to see pieces I've done in the past on the stock - check here:

there's innocent stuff like this:
and unnocent stuff like this:

here's some iphone photography of the art:

a "creature" of sorts

a "beast" of sorts

Speaking of innocent or un-innocent - if anybody reads and wants to comment in the comment fields - which was should I go with this piece? I'm always tempted to put a little bewb and booty action pieces, but I'm not really sure.

If anybody is brave enough to put their opinion on the comments field or on my blog - i'll take it into strong consideration.

And I didn't want to talk this morning....

be seeing you,

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

&Rew. movie poster maddnessss


Andrew Wilson here. (&Rew.)
Age: 1 millioin
Likes: Monsters, nudity, tempura, scotch, snow flakes
Dislikes: human flakes, mold, sunburns, mushrooms
Poster: Wild Things

i got a poster a long time ago, but i've been super busy forever and a half. Last weekend I started working on stuff to see what would happen.

The movie poster is kinda slick and I only paint with markers, ink, watercolor/ ink washes etc. I use acrylic but barely. What does that mean to you? You don't give a f_ck, right? Well that means I can't do my typical thing cause it would slip off the slick paper.

I DO however, know how to use a knife, since I was trained as a knife fighter since birth. So I'm gonna draw/paint (or whatever) on something that I know how to deal with - and then mount it to the poster.

I tried vellum:

This was my vellum sample page. I just did some random doodles and was going to gesso them onto a magazine to see how they held up.

The paper curled up like one of those party favor whistles - you know "foooooooooo". Those ones. It curled up like the wicked witch of the east's toes when she got hit by a f_cking house. As we all know, that's a good thing for everybody but the witch - and currently, I play the witch.

Result: F minus

I'm sad because that would have looked awesome on the poster . And my idea is to do 7 monsters plus a certain "king" of the monsters and gesso them over the poster.

IDK if I wanna crop it down or not though, cause this thing is HUGE. And I may want to mount it to board or something. Cause that always looks nice.

So I think, f_ck it. I like drawing on chipotle menus. I have a stack as tall as an elk in my room. I'll make art on those and exacto them out with my knife skills. And try gessoing THAT on.

Pre-knife sh_t.

post-knife opperation.

So I doodle and then cut and and the paste. It works like a charm. The next thing to do is to see if I can paint white highlights over the gesso (which is a likely yes). Now I have an idea, and I have a plan.

I guess this story is to be continued.

I'm adding these posts to my personal blog as well, but if you want to check that out it's:


Monday, August 24, 2009

Look, man, I ain't fallin' for no banana in my tailpipe!

Hello, LA based artist Keith Noordzy here (,

I was given Beverly Hills Cop to work with, and couldn't have been more happy.

So, how could I not include the banana in the tailpipe...

This was definitely a challenge, the biggest one being how I could sketch my idea onto the poster. Pencil was out, because if you use an eraser it leaves white streaks. Charcoal didn't work, tried 3 different types. Finally I decided to just go straight at it and paint on my poster. Many many many coates of white gesso later I finally had something I could paint on and didn't stop until I was finished.

Some words of advice for other artist...

- Just go at it, the hardest part of doing this piece was just starting. It's a little intimidating because you only have one shot
- Mount your poster. I went to a framer for this to save me some time and frustration. I was told that regular foam core could possibly warp when in contact with water or water soluble materials, so I went with gator board.
- Be careful if you spray with any kind of matte medium/crystal clear/whatever to seal it. It reacts strangely with the colors on the poster.

That's it. I wish I could make it up for the show, so have some fun for me.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Magazine Experiment

Hi all. Lawrence Yang here. I'm a San Francisco based artist (my online portfolio is here.)

So I was given the Cocoon poster to work on:

Should be fun, but the movie poster is made of this kind of reflective paper that I've never painted on before. We only get one shot at this, so decided to practice on the closest thing I could fine -- magazine paper. In this case, an old art catalog for Dick Blick.

"Magazine Experiment" - 5" x 5"" - ink, watercolor and gouache on magazine paper

Worked pretty well, I guess. The paper sort of repelled my attempts to paint a wash on it, but it took the india ink and gouache okay.

The paper got all wrinkled though. I'll have to try mounting some magazine paper and experiment some more. I have a few weeks, so there's time!

I hope. . . =P

Anyone else started working on their posters yet?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The posters!

Alright, we have finally sent out the posters to all of the artists in the show, so now you can see what everyone's working with. We tried to find images of the posters online, so you can see some before shots at the bottom.

2Cents: The Running Man
Aaron Jasinski: Bonnie and Clyde
Andrew Hem: Manhattan
Andrew Wilson: Wild Things
Augie Pagan: Dirty Harry in the Dead Pool
Brandon Sopinsky: Lionheart
Casey Weldon: Lethal Weapon 2
Chris Murray: Dark Knight
Cory Benhatzel: Big Top Pee Wee
David MacDowell: Liar Liar
Irma Rivera: Friday the 13th
Israel Sanchez: The Front
Jeff McMillan: Raiders of the Lost Arc
Jeremy Nichols: The Fog
Joey D: Flashdance
Johnny Crap: Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome
Justin Kalmen: Aliens
Keith Noordzy: Beverly Hills Cop
Ken Garduno: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Kiersten Essenpreis: Animal House
Lawrence Yang: District 9
Le Merde: Buffalo 66
Martin Wittfooth: Total Recall
Matt Groller: Akira
Mylan Nguyen: Cocktail
Nathan Stapley: Coraline
Netherland: It’s a Wonderful Life
Phoneticontrol: Transformers
Roland Tamayo: A Perfect Storm
Scott Scheidly: Silent Hill
Shannon Bonatakis: Magnolia
Tim Tomkinson: Terminator 2 - Judgement Day
Tom Haubrick: North By Northwest
Wade Schin: Man on the Moon
Walt Hall: To Live & Die in L.A.

As everyone received their poster, we got some mixed responses, but we have heard some really interesting ideas of what a few people are thinking of doing. But the majority of people I've heard from don't have a clue at this point, so Netherland, don't worry because you're not the only one who's stumped! Your son is soooo cute by the way!

I think it would be cool to hear from an artist's perspective what the most desirable poster would be. Since I'm not an artist, I look at this in a completely different way. We definitely put thought into pairing the poster and artist, but I probably don't realize what factors are the most challenging (for instance a white background vs. color background).

Here are some of the before shots of the posters...