Illustration: Positively And Negatively Annoying Man At The Bar.

I drew this guy last month in a bar in Glesga. Because he wouldn’t shut up until I did…

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Man At The Bar (Negative)

He didn’t like it when I showed it to him.
But it looks just like him.

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Poster Illustration: “This Is England ’90”.

I recently entered a Channel 4 competition to design a Rave poster for Shane Meadows’ upcoming miniseries, “This Is England ’90“. This is what I ended up turning in…

Al Cook This Is England '90 Poster.

Now the reason why it’s so plain is because I couldn’t decide on an idea that covered everything in the brief and I spent so much time fucking around with ideas that when it came down to it, the deadline was in three days and I hadn’t even started it yet!

I really like “This Is England”. The film and the two TV series. I’d heard about there being a third series set in the 90’s around Acid House and the FIFA World Cup and all that so I was interested when a guy down the pub told me about this poster competition.

But see, I tried to be sneaky. The brief didn’t mention the FIFA World Cup but I knew the series was gonna revolve around a lot of that. So I tried to stick football into my Rave poster ideas wherever I could.

But what does fitba have to do with designing a Rave poster?
Fuck all. That’s what.

The short story is that I spent far too much time on bullshit waste of time sketches instead of paying attention to what they were asking for the poster.

Here’s everything in order…

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Let’s make it so that the ball is a disco ball and the street is a dance floor and…” NAW!
Back to the wall idea I went…

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What if it was a ripped up fitba poster and underneath was a RAVE poster?!”…

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…”Or what if it was HALF Rave poster, HALF FIFA poster!?”

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It was beginning to get out of hand altogether. All of those scribbles ended up in the bin. And then for some reason after all of that, I decided it should look like a postage stamp. So it became a stamp…

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Al Cook. This Is England.

Al Cook. This Is England Notes.

Al Cook This Is England 90. Version 3.

Al Cook This Is England. Postage Stamp Version.

The brief didn’t allow for any text with ’90 in it so it had to go in the end.

Al Cook This Is England '90 Poster.

Is that wee smiley face guy copyrighted? Probably is.

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Sketches For Nobody #7.

Drew a wee drawing at work today…

Death Work Drawing

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Illustration: The Evolution Of A Skeleton.

I did this for a gig poster…

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I’ll post more details about the gig when I find them out but I do that it’s in Glasgow sometime in October. Here’s how the illustration started…

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The Art Of “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin.

I caught a glimpse of this from the other side of a record shop last year and quickly marched forward and bought it without looking or realising what it was…

Re-Animator

I don’t have the greatest vision in the World. All I knew was that there was a big scary green face and that I had to have it. T’was of course, the score to one of my favourite Horror flicks, “Re-Animator”. And it was on vinyl too!

The cover was drawn by Toronto based artist, designer and illustrator, ‘Ghoulish’ Gary Pullin, and as you’re about to see, Gary is one of the leading artists in the recent revival in illustrated film posters and album covers…

The cover of the soundtrack to “They Live”, released by Death Waltz records…

They Live

This is Gary’s cover illustration for Arrow Films & Video’s upcoming Blu-Ray release of “The Incredible Melting Man”…I love this…

Incredible Melting Man

From his website, here’s a little bit about the very talented Ghoulish Gary…

Whereas the infamous Dr. Frankenstein created a solitary monster in his own image, Ghoulish Gary Pullin has redefined what an entire world’s worth of monsters would look like for a new generation of monster kids, his imagination more bold and beastly than the bottomless pit of colourful creatures that flow out of his gnarled fingers and cursed pencil.”

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Ever since an old, unscrupulous priest gifted young Gary with his first set of markers at the tender age of six, he’s been developing his unique style that has bled into scads of mediums in and out of the genre. Despite being weaned on the mock horror of Saturday morning TV’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein, the glorious and garish gore of ’80s slasher films and the theatrical films of Vincent Price, it was at a commercial design firm where Gary first put an edge on his scythe, though the staid restrictions of the straight world eventually proved unfit for the graveness he was truly seeking. He soon found what he was looking for at Rue Morgue, the world’s best-selling horror magazine, where he acted as Art Director for the past thirteen years. He was the creative force behind virtually all design aspects of the respected publication, including the masthead logo, covers, event posters, merchandise and websites. Gary helped shape the ever-evolving face of horror, leading him to work with many notable contemporaries such as musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie and artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), as well as the influences that inspired him to create in the first place, such as horror icons Clive Barker and Basil Gogos.”

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His award-winning illustrations and designs have also appeared in popular magazines such as HorrorHound, Famous Monsters of Filmland, heavy metal magazine Revolver and beloved pop culture rag Royal Flush; on DVD releases for Anchor Bay’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein box sets, cover artwork for Arrow Video’s re-issues of Tobe Hooper’s LifeForce, Jeff Lieberman’s Squirm and Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessings. He’s worked in the music industry creating packaging for vinyl releases of Death Waltz Records They Live soundtrack, WaxWork Records Re-Animator release, Glass Eye Pix’s “radio plays for the digital age” Tales From Beyond the Pale; and gig posters, T-shirts and album art for bands including Misfits, Tiger Army, The Brains, Ghoultown, Electric Frankenstein and The Creepshow.”

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Most recently, Gary has been focusing on alternative poster art for films, working with poster houses Mondo, Skuzzles and Fright Fest Originals in the UK, and has been working closely with Glass Eye Pix on the upcoming Night of the Living Dead documentary, Birth of the Living Dead. When he’s not making monsters, someone’s usually sticking a pen or a camera in his face as Gary has written numerous art-related articles for Rue Morgue, his column The Fright Gallery appears in the magazine each month and he has been interviewed for several genre-related documentaries, the latest being Fanboy Confessional – a new TV show on SPACE about fans and personalities with an undying love for counter-culture“.

In this video, Ghoulish Gary talks about illustrated film poster art and his influences:

Links…
Ghoulish Gary’s Website
Death Waltz Recording Company
Arrow Films

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