This artwork originally appeared as a full-color oversized movie poster I painted for Montreal filmmaker Bashar Shbib in 1986 called “Evixion.” In 1991, Montreal comics artist Bernie Mireault asked if I would like to have something published in color for one of his upcoming books, The Jam Urban Adventure # 2, so I gave him the original preliminary B&W line art version of the movie poster, Zip-A-Tone & all. He removed the title & film credits & made a transparent copy of it on acetate to meticulously colorize with animation cel-paint. This was a process both of us had gotten familiar with from working in the dungeons of various animation studios over the years before they’d gone digital. You have to dab the thick paint, one color at a time, behind the acetate so it doesn’t flow over the B&W lines, then wait for each color to dry before moving on to the next so they don’t blend while still wet. It’s an amazingly time-consuming process. As far as the movie “Evixion” is concerned, I never even saw the thing; I was just going by plot descriptions the director was giving me, but I can tell you that’s supposed to be the “NDG Tower” in the skyline. I made a series of three movie posters for Shbib back then, all acrylic paint on board. I plan on posting them here eventually. Incidentally, Shbib still owes me money on these, & when he refused to pay & even had the nerve not to return my original art, I got a bailiff to go knocking on his door to seize it & return it to me. What a schmuck. (To see full-sized, keep clicking on the image to open it in a new window & use the magnify function).
Original art for sale for $1000.00 CAD. 8 & 1/2 X 11 inches, animation cel-paint on acetate. (I would split the money with colorist Bernie Mireault). Published in The Jam Urban Adventure # 2 (1992). Postage & framing not included. Motion Picture Purgatory Volumes One & Two available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.