What really makes this piece work are all of the tiny details.
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When a suspiciously cleaned-up and accessible for the Conan the Barbarian remake went online last week, Josh was immediately suspicious, noting that even a remake of a gore and nudity-filled original would feel pressure to go PG-13 these days. Even though the film’s writer Sean Hood promised online that the film is definitely rated R, nothing is certain until the MPAA weighs in; then again, looking at the new poster for the film it’s hard to imagine they’re going for anything different.
You can check out a smaller version of the poster below and the full-size over in our Blend Film Database. What I think of immediately is 300, the contrasting black and white with the bright orange flames, the mob of swords and soldiers falling at the sight of our hero– come on, don’t you see the similarities? 300, of course, is one of the most successful R-rated movies of all time, so if the Conan producers are in fact releasing an R-rated movie, you can’t blame them for inviting the comparison. Conan the Barbarian, starring Jason Momoa in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, opens August 19.
The artist is quite a mystery; he describes his biography in a very odd way, but his name is for sure Vladislav Novikov-Barkovsky and he is an art-director of Red Richman Creative Studio, and that’s about it. He decided to make “anatomical sketches of a traveler” as he calls it himself, of not only of Guevara and Dracula, but also Dr. Zoidberg from the famous animated TV sitcom Futurama is also there, as well as Pinocchio, a butterfly and others. The skulls are drawn on old fashioned sepia-colored paper that gives them a pirate-ish look.
The papers are even ripped at some places, and I bet they feel like several hundred years old, and that just goes hand in hand with the skull part. Another artist have also used skulls to express his art; he made some really weird steel sculptures.
It was nearly a year ago that we first wrote aboutSteven Finch’s inspired redesigns of popular comic books as dime store paperback novels. The artist also known as Fonografiks promised there were more in the works and he was not lying. Hellblazer, Planetary, and Ex-Machina are just some of the new designs we have to show you.
Fonografiks is behind some of the memorable book designs of some pretty cool indie comics released in the last few years. The Eisner-winning PopGun anthology series sports masthead and interior design by Fonografiks, as does 24Seven Vol. 2 (lettering) and Mark Sable & Robbi Rodriguez’s Hazed (logo). Most recently, Fonografiks contributed designs for Image Comics’ SkullKickers, Halcyon and The Mission.