Red Nose Studio created the poster art for the Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Exhibition's Call for Entries. John Hendrix, chair of Society competitions, said they were looking for something humorous and not too self-serving and Chris considered a wide range of possibilities – from a man riding a buffalo to an old fashioned pistol duel and one very hairy gentleman. With long-time collaborator SooJin Buzelli art directing, the final piece is a witty interpretation of an artist "sharpening" his skills and can be seen on the Society website and in their printed mailer.
On being asked to illustrate for the competition, Chris says: I was taken back a bit, never would have figured that I would be asked to do the poster. Although, I remember staring at Tim Bower's image for the 44th annual call for entries poster (the 19th image in his portfolio) and dreamily trying to imagine what I would create if I were in his shoes.
Visit Chris' blog to read more about the project and to see some preliminary sketches.
Illustrators are invited to submit artwork through October 26th, 2012 with selected pieces appearing in ILLUSTRATORS 55, "America's Original Annual of Illustration," and at the Museum of Illustration in New York from January 4th to March 2nd, 2013. Visit www.soicompetitions.org for details and registration.