Archive for October 17th, 2011

Continued From Part One:

One of my earliest love affairs with a music genre was with punk, and The Misfits were among my favorites. Songs about horror B-movies, backed with fast, driving music enveloped by the melodic, Roy Orbison-tinged vocals of Glenn Danzig, the Misfits held sway over my listening choices for many years. So when it came time to decide upon a band and an album to merge with another early obsession—The Muppets—for the upcoming gallery show, Muppet Rawk 3, I settled upon the Misfits and their album, Walk Among Us. The choice of band and album also made sense for me because the show would be in October and a horror-themed album cover would fit in nicely with my already planned output of Halloween-related illustrations and writing on this blog. Plus it would be a blast. Taking some of my favorite Muppets and transforming them into members of the Misfits was hard to resist.

Kermit was a must for me. And who else would Kermit be than Glenn Danzig himself. Animal, another personal favorite Muppet, was an easy win as the stand-in for drummer Arthur Googy. Beeker seemed like he could have very well been Jerry Only in real life, and of course Doyle had to be Gonzo (maybe it’s because his devil-loc looks like Gonzo’s nose).

Walk Among Us (1982)  is often cited as one of the best punk albums in the history of the genre. Officially, the first full-length album the band had released, Walk Among Us delivered upon the Misfits creed: fast, melodic punk shot through horror movie themes: brain-eaters, vampires, astro-zombies, they all have a place within the vivid, luridly violent world of the Misfits. Shlock is abound in this world; it’s campy and completely over-the-top, akin to reading a pre-code horror comic book. Unlike many punk bands of their day, the Misfits did not have a political agenda, instead they were more interested in creating a persona with their unique offshoot of hardcore punk.

I chose to use the re-issue version of the album mostly because I liked the green and purple color-scheme, rather than the pink of the original.  Above all I wanted to try to keep the sense of photo-collage that the original album created. The three elements, the photo of the band, the distressed photo still of the a scene from the film The Angry Red Planet (1959), with the now famous Rat Bat creature and the UFOs from The Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), together crafted its own strange B-movie in which the Misfits were the stars. B-movies, vintage, pulp-influenced photos, these are elements that often employ in my own work, and it made sense here as well.

I inked everything with a brush and pen and painted the rest digitally . I attempted to construct the various elements in the illustration as if they were a photo collage as well as bringing in halftone dots (something I often employ in my work) just to provide more of an old phot0, magazine feel. I was fairly happy with the resulting image, even though it diverges in parts, especially with how the band is placed.


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