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Classic Film Poster Design- Preliminary Ideas (A Clockwork Orange)

Over the course of the last week I have created 10 concepts for an 11″ x 17″ poster, for Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange. Each of the ten posters are unique but all bear my grunge artwork style. Each and every concept was drawn with India ink for the black and watercolour pencils for the colour. In personal opinion I like the first 3 concepts the most… I find that they work the most out of all them. While concept 3 seems to be the popular choice among many of my classmates, I find myself steering towards image 1 and 2. I admire image 1 because of the 50s horror poster vibe it gives off and image 2 seems to have amazing typographic order and innovation. Image 3 is more on the intense, shock value side but is very focal due to the giant eye. I dont know what it is but eyes grab peoples attention, maybe its because of the intensity and texture of the eyeball in the image. Most of the images have recurring colours like orange, black and white.

Image 1: font used: Shredded This image is horror themed poster centralized around the scene where Alex throws his fellow droogs into the water and instead of helping them out… he takes out his knife.  I chose the shredded font because it brings more intensity into the image.

Image 2: Fonts Used: Helvetica and a serif font. This image depicts the most iconic but most disturbing scene of the film. Fans of the film seem to always think of this scene when thinking of the film because of its disturbing nature. This image definitely reaches out to fans of the movie and use of the letter “A” to support an illustration of Alex makes it a little bit more innovative. Small words appear in the wave like pattern from alex’s mouth with lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s Singing In The Rain.

Image 3: Fonts Used: Helvetica Bold, Helvetica Light. This image definitely seems to be the most popular of all my concepts. This image depicts the scene when Alex has to go through a rigorous treatment that robs him of his free will. This is the turning point of the film when things start to get ugly for Alex and is recognized by fans as one of the most iconic moments from the film.

Image 4: Fonts Used: Manson, Futura This image is intended to be a more gritty and scary image as opposed to a clean cut image. The feel and mood of the concept really reflects the morals of Alex from the film. Manson front brings in the horror aspect as well as the clean aspect.

Image 5: Font Used: Futura This image is intended to be a more  focal image with the gaze the character Alex is giving. There is some inspiration from “Original Poster #1” with the treatment of the A. The image provides a very clear but gritty look.

Image 6: Font Used: Bodoni, Helvetica This image is a more simple and novelty poster strictly for the fans. There is type leaving the characters mouth with the quote “Come get it in the yarbles, if you’ve got yarbles. This quote was inserted for humorous value.

Image 7: Fonts Used: Futura Much like image 3 this image shares the same theme with the exception of design method. This design is more focused on simplicity (hence the white background and black type).

Image 8 and 9: Fonts Used: Fritz Quadrata and Helvetica These concepts share the same design plan except with a different illustration and background colour. Overall the layout is the same. Image 8 has the glass of milk that Alex and his droogs drink at the beginning of the film. Image 9 is a shot of Alex and his droogs walking together.

Image 10: Fonts Used: Helvetica This is a concept of Ludwig Van Beethoven dressed up as Alex from the film. Throughout the film Alex gives notice that he is obsessed with the work of Beethoven and in the film while receiving his treatment he has developed a symptom of recurring sickness when he hears beethoven. The concept is fairly simple with colour.

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