Back in 2009, LOST sanctioned a series of posters to celebrate their final season. I designed this poster before I knew of this project. This was something that I started while the fifth season was still going on. I’ve been spending a lot of time admiring poster art, and I wanted to design something that might be cool enough that I would consider hanging in my own house.
I started off with a quick sketch of how I wanted the characters to be collaged together (if I can find that sketch, I’ll update this post with a scan). After spending a lot of time scouring Lost fan sites, I found the right photos and Photoshopped them together. I then brought it into Illustrator and started drawing over the photos. Some photos had to be swapped out while I was in the drawing phase (low contrast, not enough details, etc.) This art style is a combination of a style I developed while designed some MLB Player Caps a few years back, and my original love of comic book art.
For the most part, I used the pen tool. There are certain areas, like the hair on the women, where I used my Wacom Tablet. Unfortunately, there was no easy way to get Hurley’s hair right. There were areas where I took liberties, especially with some of the characters’ gazes.
Once I finally finished getting the blacks right, I started adding color. Originally I was working with red, but it started to look to violent. I switched it over to green and continued adding texture, patterns and general schmutz all over the poster. After that, I started experimenting with different color combinations. After a lot of trial and error, I found that the best option was three different shades of green on white.
As for the characters, I tried to capture their essence. From Farraday looking at his watch, to Jin looking at Sun, to quite a few characters literally looking over their shoulders (and Ben overseeing everyone) I think this poster would appeal to any fan of the show.
I had this poster printed and sold a couple dozen to fans all over the world.