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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:
reminded me of jeremyville once again :) but of course with your unique talent! love it!
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:iconlaresistance:
cool, thanks a lot. Jeremyville is really cool, I should check it out more.
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mazayka Dec 21, 2009  Student General Artist
I think this version makes a better poster.
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:iconlaresistance:
yep, think so too. thanks !
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:iconback2dprimitib:
back2dprimitib Dec 18, 2009   Artisan Crafter
it is very nice, i am afraid!
:D
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:iconlaresistance:
oh but you shouldn't be afraid of it :)
thanks !!
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot 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:
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 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:
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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