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What's Your Excuse II by laresistance What's Your Excuse II by laresistance
Here's my second and final poster design for "What's Your Excuse ?". A contest by comic book shop Mekanik Strip in Antwerp, Belgium. It's one of the biggest comic book shops in Europe.

I won the contest last year and now I got to do the poster, so that was fun. I wasn't happy with my first attempt [link] but I think this design is a lot better and just fun to look at. There's no great idea or original concept, but sometimes that's not necessary.

It says:
What's your Excuse ?
2010
The Journey ( Dutch )
Seeking Young artists ( Dutch )

For the geeks:
-It has been drawn on 120 gr paper
-scanned and coloured in photoshop
-a brown paper layer ( scanned it myself ) was added in photoshop in the end
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:iconaidpol:
aidpol Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
reminded me of jeremyville once again :) but of course with your unique talent! love it!
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
cool, thanks a lot. Jeremyville is really cool, I should check it out more.
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:iconmazayka:
mazayka Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student General Artist
I think this version makes a better poster.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
yep, think so too. thanks !
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back2dprimitib Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   Artisan Crafter
it is very nice, i am afraid!
:D
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
oh but you shouldn't be afraid of it :)
thanks !!
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional
Yeahh! I really like the balloon and the colours on it and the nice warm colours. Yeah, I like this one better for sure.

The happy mountains are a nice touch also.

Sounds like that would be an amazing shop!
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
hehe, I knew you'd like this one! Because I secretly was inspired by your more vintage-like coloured work. Kept playing around in photoshop for many hours to get the colours right and it shows, I'm satisfied right now.

oh yeah, amazing shop. Forbidden Planet in London is good too, but they don't really have many alternative comic books/underground/smallpress and I'm always on the lookout for that kind of stuff.

New York was smallpress/alternative comic book heaven !
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional
Sweet! It pleases me to no end to be a source of inspiration. I can see what you mean and it works splendidly.

Man I would love to go there and New York. I haven't even been in the London Forbidden Planet stupidly, but if it's just a bigger version of other ones I've been in, I get the jist. Gosh comics in London has a great selection of alternative stuff but not really that much small press.

The best one I have been to in the UK is in Nottingham, not too far from where I'm at university. It's only a little shop but it has a really good selection of some of the weirder more interesting stuff.

Quimbys in Chicago is the best I've experienced though. It was just endless. I spent hours in there and could have spent much longer.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
ow yes ! and I know what you mean, I love it too when someone says that. It's perhaps even more valuable than a positive reaction to your own works, because here is a direct link, a connection to your work, the thing you put your sould and passion into. And yes, especially your colorwork influences me. and your productivity and creativity too.

Here I used your technique of making the drawing lines dark red-ish and let that influence the rest of the colours in a more retro/vintage way. It totally works and gives something very different instead of working with black lines. Chris Ware does it too ( and even charles burns in his colourwork), but it's because I see you do it very often with such nice results I wanted to try it too. so I have to say thank you ! :)

Forbidden Planet is not that special. They have quite a lot of books, but a lot of sci fi and fantasy junk. and a lot of superhero comics ( I like those, but I don't really buy 'em ), but when in London you might wanna visit them, just to have a look. we could do that actually when in London :). I'll do some research to spot better shops in London. Forbidden Planet in New York was a good store, though. They had like a few hundred smallpress books ! biggest collection I ever saw. and a few hundred more alternative comic books. With tears in my eyes we had to leave the store after an hour, after I only bought 10 books :D

Nottingham is sadly enough a bit off my road, but I'll keep it in mind. By the way, you go to THE Nottingham of Robin Hood ? :)
freaking cool.

oooo, you've been to chicago! you gotta tell me all about it. I'm so going there one day. endless comic book shops are heaven
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional
Thanks man, that means a lot to hear! (Or read, whatever) Yeah, it's surprising what just displacing black can do.

Yeah, we should definitely do that! I was hoping to check out forbidden planet anyway since I hadn't been to that one. Someone mentioned a good one to me, I'll have to try and re-find out what that was.

The shop in Chicago wasn't so much endless in size, but for sheer density of stuff it was incredible. I wish I'd bought more in hindsight. I think Chris Ware was one of the founders of it so it's pretty darn cool. And yeah, Chicago in general was awesome. That's the only brief time I've been to America though. I'd love to go to New York.

And yeah that is THE Nottingham of Robin Hood haha. There's nothing that Robin Hoodish about it though. Though there is "The Robin Hood Experience", a kind glorified ghost train with Robin Hood characters and medieval environments.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
indeed, I'm learning every day ( it takes a bit longer when you don't study art. I never did and probably never will, perhaps a few specific workshops would be handy , but learning everything yourself is fun and you have complete freedom. Luckily my girlfriend studies illustration and she teaches me quite a lot :) )

don't know if I gave her blog already, but here it is:
[link]

wow, Chris Ware was one of the founders of that store !? You've come close to him :) ! whoa
I really want to go to the Angouleme festival in France. The biggest comic strip convention in Europe.
But I'm afraid I'm already too late to find a hotel..

New York should be definitely on your travel-list. And the dollar is still low so you should make some plans ;)
unfortunately for you the pound has gone lower too, but still it's cheaper for you than for me

omg THE Robin Hood hood ! extremely cool, dude. and with a typical special effects attraction, groovy ! I imagine your bus arriving with arrows in it.

When I was in London in 2008 I did the London Dungeons-thing. I know, a trap for tourists, but I knew that. it was ridiculously expensive, but all the other museums I did were free and I had a lot of fun. Some parts were cool, but it was mostly pretty cheesy. Pretty hilarious actually.
everything was decorated to look like medieval London, with actors, scary moments, scenes, a little labyrinth and even a little rollercoaster!
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional
To be honest, I don't feel like I've really been 'taught' that much. It's mainly been a benefit because time has been afforded to me to focus solely on practicing. Though there has been the occasional life drawing sessions and such which have definitely helped my general understanding of various things. You've got a really good thing going for you though considering you presumably haven't had all that time.

I imagine Angouleme would be quite spectacular to go to.

Haha, I've never been to the London Dungeon. I get the general idea though. I imagine it is a slightly scarier, probably a little less crap version of the Robin Hood experience.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Yeah, I think studying art gives you the opportunity, but also forces you a little bit, to focus on your work.
Life drawing is something I should seriously get involved in, my girlfriend keeps saying it all the time it taught her the most. And most artists tell me that too.

I wouldn't recommend the London Dungeon, I think you'd better visit Alton Towers or something themepark-y. Here you get a bit of everything, but with the feeling you're still missing something.
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laboratorio101 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
great colors and the details on the balloon:tmnt3:
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
thanks a lot !
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:iconbuckymcnasty:
buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   General Artist
I'd ignore my fear of heights to be able to ride in that lovely balloon.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
tee hee

I'll give you some advice to overcome fear of heights.
Here's how I did it:

Ride A LOT of insane rollercoasters with your eyes wide open :)
It works !
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:iconbuckymcnasty:
buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   General Artist
INTENSE STUFF MAN. I just hope my eyeballs won't melt when I do that.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
no no, they won't melt, but they'll be as dry as the sahara, so you better bring some eye-drops.
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:iconbuckymcnasty:
buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009   General Artist
Enough said! I hope no one has spiked them with, say, lemon juice or something.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
woozzzaahh, now that could give some interesting psychedelic results..
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:iconbuckymcnasty:
buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009   General Artist
"Hoo boy, my eyes are stinging but I sure enjoy this view!"
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
"hoo boy" is such a funny exclamation :)
is that blood coming out of your eyes ?
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
:nerd: The geek in me wants to know the size of the original artwork^^ A4?

:party: The nice person in me wants to congratulate you for winning last year. Gratz! :D

:gallery: The art-appreciator in me wants to fave this one. It turned out great!

:omg: The comic-collector in me wants to visit that comic shop!

(never been to Antwerp, only driving though (well around^^) on the way to France :D
And I usually try to stay clear of comic shops, because a visit might ruin me. I usually get my fix of franco-belgique comics in France by shopping at Fnac :D )
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laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
yep, only A4

I recently discovered my love for working on bigger sizes. Like A3.
You can draw a lot more detail, it was a true revelation to me

but unfortunately you have to go to the print & copy shop. And it's expensive, so in the meantime I'll have to go for A4.

my full person wants to say, thank you so much for so much kindness ! totally made me feel warm ( or is it the central heating ? )

The comic shop is pretty good indeed, I've been passing along there since I was 8 years old or something. Fell in love as a kid already of course.

Antwerp is not a big, but a nice city. If you'd ever pass by I'd show you around. Would be cool :)

And owyeah, the danger of comic shops..I went to new york in september and I bought like 20 books. I was pretty broke :D, but ..couldn't ..resist ! aha, you know Fnac, cool ! yes, they always have a great collection

I don't know where you're from in Germany, but I went to Berlin 2 times and they have really cool comic book shops as well. awesome city too.
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
My biggest fault is working too small, I think^^. Some of my original drawings are smaller than 5x5cm.

Yeah, I can see how that scan-thing can be annoying. What do they charge for an A3 scan? We are more of a copy shop, but our colour copier is capable of scanning (up to 600 dpi). Since it's not the main thing we do, we only charge 50 Cent per scan :)

You mentioned Forbidden Planet in London in another comment here. I visited that one once, some 20 years ago or so^^. Nice place, but I didn't have much time to look around sadly.

Never been to Berlin (yet). I know, I should^^.
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laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
I don't know if that's a fault, but if you think so yourself :) you can easily change that by working bigger
5x5 ! WOW thàt small ! impressive. I did that too for a while, and I still think it's fun to make tiny drawings, but when you scan them, you can't tell of course

and only 50 cent per scan ! that's cheap ! I thought they were joking when they asked 6 euros for 2 A3 scans at my local shop ! The scans were good, but I'm not going there anymore, that's ridiculous. The guy just had to push 1 button. how could that possibly cost 3 euros ? I had some prints made there, and an A3 print in color was only 2.5 euros. so a scan is more expensive ? crazy..

my girlfriend went to another shop in town and they asked even more for a scan ! so she also went to another one and finally found one that scans for 1 euro I think. I'm amazed the prices differ so much. I'm saving up for my own A3-scanner, I think that's more handy :).

Yep, Forbidden Planet in London is nice, but it's certainly not the best. they don't have many european comics, mostly american. And Europe should not be underestimated. I'm going to London again in February, looking forward to that.

You should DEFINITELY go to Berlin, it's an amazing city. but I understand. Germany is big :)
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Oh, I'm a Europe comic type of person, really^^. But my taste is eclectic anyway. I like lots of different stuff.

Size of my drawings has mostly to do with the fact that I don't have much space on my desk to draw on^^. And this is only partly a joke.
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laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
yeah, I have a wide taste too ! and that's the best I think

oh, desk space alert :), that's hard, but a friend of mine even had a little closet with a tiny table and chair where he drew.
really something like a cage, but awesomely cosy, though
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Haha :)
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:iconnifty-ness:
nifty-ness Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loove the colours :aww:
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
thanks, kept on changing and modifying for a couple of hours until it looked right
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:iconpaperdull:
paperdull Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   Interface Designer
love this!!
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
*bow down, thanks !
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:iconbloodykirka:
bloodykirka Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Artist
:heart:!
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
:) joyy extacy !
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josephmerrick Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I love it! It's so contemporary! Wish I could get a framed copy of this.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I can send you a flyer copy when it's printed ?
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:iconjosephmerrick:
josephmerrick Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
dude that would rock!!! If you send me one of those, I'll send you an original woodcut of mine. Promise.
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
alright, fair deal ! awesome. Keep asking, because it might take a few weeks until the flyer gets printed.
And I'm the kind of person that tends to forget everything :)
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:iconjosephmerrick:
josephmerrick Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I feel ya. I am too.
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:iconralphniese:
RalphNiese Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
there´s never a second time :D
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
hee hee, words from a pro illustrator :)
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RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Great omposition my friend, looks cool and clean.
Good luck 4 the contest mate :thumbsup:
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:iconlaresistance:
laresistance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
well actually it's not a contest I'm participating in, I'm making the flyer for the contest. So I already won :D
but thanks !
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RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Perfect.
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