Turn it up to Eleven

Kyle Lam­bert brings com­po­si­tion to the fore as he paints the of­fi­cial poster for Net­flix’s Stranger Things

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Get­ting the of­fi­cial Stranger Things artist to tell us how he cre­ated the poster got me fan­girling…

The agency Con­tend asked me to pro­duce an il­lus­trated poster for Net­flix’s rat­ing-stop­ping show Stranger Things. The brief was to cre­ate a strik­ing im­age rem­i­nis­cent of clas­sic, hand­painted film art­work from the 1980s.

I be­gan by study­ing some of the most iconic poster de­signs from this era and then ex­per­i­ment­ing in Pho­to­shop, look­ing at ways to paint in a tra­di­tional style. I worked with Con­tend’s art di­rec­tor Nate Sher­man to ex­plore com­po­si­tion ideas and story el­e­ments. I did my sketch work us­ing Pro­cre­ate on an iPad Pro with an Ap­ple Pen­cil. I used the stan­dard 6B Pen­cil brush in this app to do all of the line work and shad­ing for the poster. I then ex­ported the fi­nal sketch into Pho­to­shop where I up­scaled the art­work to a higher res­o­lu­tion and used the Lasso tool to cut up the el­e­ments into lay­ers. I ap­plied the Mul­ti­ply Blend mode to all of the sketch lay­ers and blocked the ba­sic colours un­der­neath us­ing the stan­dard Pho­to­shop air­brush. I re­duced the Opac­ity of the sketch layer as the colour work pro­gressed and then merged th­ese lay­ers to­gether.

The fi­nal stage was to ex­port th­ese lay­ers back into Pro­cre­ate, where I used the Splat­ter and Pen­cil brushes to add tex­ture to the art­work. I reim­ported each layer sep­a­rately back into Pho­to­shop and used the air­brush to blend the colours into one co­he­sive im­age.

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