Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on illustration board, 16 × 24″.

Hey, Muddy readers! I haven’t posted here in a while, but I just uploaded a new time lapse video, so I thought it was a good excuse to visit once again. This is a poster that was commissioned by the producers of the movie exclusively for the cast & crew.

The piece is painted with Holbein gouache on Strathmore Wet Media Board. The main brush I used was a Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8 (but I also use various sizes). The first section is sepia gouache, applied as a thin wash (to lock down all the details). It’s painted over a digital print that I transferred to the board by printing on acetate, then burnishing.


Even though I was essentially “tracing” the likenesses, some of them still got away from me and I had to fix them in Photoshop due to time restraints.

The graphics were painted with Holbein Acryla Gouache (basically an acrylic that dries matte), and the text was done in Photoshop (with some guidance from my graphic designer wife). As you’ll see in the background of the video, I was painting from tons of reference on my computer, including the inspiration for the piece, Robert McGinnis’ classic Man with the Golden Gun poster. They were aiming for a “70s political thriller” and thus wanted a similar feel for the poster.

some (of many) digital comps