The spi rit of the trojan Unicorn
No longer just a guest, Michael has became much more involved with Trojan Horse was a Unicorn art event in Portugal…
“Trojan Horse was a Unicorn is a special thing, more like a family get-together. Just meeting those artists that I’ve admired from afar is mind-blowing, but when they’re talking on stage, they reveal so much personal information. How they got there, their failures, how they burned out and then got back on their feet. You have this emotional relationship with them, making the event much more human than just showing the good parts.
“The hardest part of doing this year’s poster art was to come up with a solution that has the unicorn as a main theme and still satisfying my artistic needs. I’m not necessarily a fan of default fantasy, and unicorns are the epitome of just that. I also tried to break with the historically accurate style of the Trojan horse and incorporated carvings from old Indian temples as an inspiration for the patterns and Chinese horse statues for the head shape of the horse. “Other than that it was pretty straightforward: pencil sketch, colours in Painter, final touches in Photoshop. I did a couple of rough colour sketches to find the right colour of the sky and lighting mood. I was aiming for something that looks simple and iconic from the distance, but has all the details to communicate scale up close.”