Friday, November 7, 2008

The Puppet Business

       In college, in an acting I class, I met a man named Paul Santos. It's because of Paul that I've become so undeniably involved with puppets. When I lived in Lawrence, I was working side-by-side with Paul on his reason for being: The Felt Show. Our friendship hinged on his paying me to make puppets. His adamance for deadlines and my (then) predilection to procrastinate almost derailed what friendship we had, in those early days. Now, though, we get along like elephants and dandelions... which is, I assume, really well. We stay in touch as friends and as coworkers, since Martha and I moved up to Chicago. I miss working with Paul firsthand, and I miss puppeteering, from time to time, but the man keeps me in projects, like these below. I sill make the puppets, and I'll post some pictures of them
 sometime. For now, my favorite fliers.

       This election day poster is my very favorite that I've ever done. A lot of time was spent in photoshop, aging this baby up... and people really liked the result, according to Paul. That's how I end almost all of my statements: According to Paul. Not really.

       Until the election poster, this was my favorite, if for no other reason than because I'm a nerd. It was really fun drawing a few of my puppets into the classic star wars poses. And asking a trash can to stand in for R2 is always funny to me.

       Paul has the good ideas. Our flier designs are almost always hashed out in one discussion over the phone. Paul says he needs a flier for this date or that, and we start talking themes. This show was a musical, or at least music heavy, show, so we talked album covers for maybe ten minutes, and agreed on this fine looking spoof.

       The College Sucks flier was one of the first ones that I really got into, on the illustration side. Before this, the drawings were fine, if not a little bland, but this one signified the shift between drawings and illustrations. At least it did, to me. Oh yeah, and, According to Paul.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

yer talented and such!

xo Joel