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i recently had the incredible opportunity to work on a poster commission of one of my favorite horror movies of all time: john carpenter's "the thing"!

i love the sense of dread and uncertainty that the film delivers, even upon repeat viewings. and there's just something to be said about action/horror ensemble casts from the 80's...from "the thing" to "aliens" to "predator", it just seems like filmmakers knew how to flesh out supporting characters well enough to make you genuinely care about them. seems kinda like a lost art to me.

anyway, i hear there's a prequel/sequel to "the thing" in the works. i won't write it off this early in the process, but i will say that it'll be a minor miracle if the filmmakers can create something worthy of standing alongside this 80's masterpiece.
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Tsuriae Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is almost as good as the original, saying a lot though. Love all the tentacles
Trev--Murphy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic work!
ShockRockRecords Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Possible to use this as an freeby sticker for an magazine?
perihelion Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn cool!
BeeVega0725 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lovin' your stuff like mad, man!
CommodoreHorton Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This is my favorite movie of all time. Fantastic poster.
CaJG Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Sooo Cool.
skbrainstorm42 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Nice! Well done. :D
Cakes-and-Comics Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
One of my favourite films. This poster is awesome!
kieranmasterton Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Absolutely love this, incredible flick, incredible piece of artwork. I hope you don't mind I've just featured it on my tumblr [link] - let me know if you'd rather I remove it - just thought it was brilliant :)
DirtySeagulls Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BenBates Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional
CHRIST, the stuff you did for this is too cool!!! At first I was just studying the main image of MacReady, and then I saw the dog and fell in love, and then I saw the arctic base and CHRIST, that's cool!
iliveinroom237 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
partical0 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Where were you Childs? I got lost in the storm. One of the best movies ever! are you looking forward to the prequel?
KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Writer
I can't decide if I like this one or your Mothra poster as my absolute favorites. Right now, the prequel looks good, and I hope it's worthy of an artwork from you later.
Rocketguy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Great movie, ballin' representation.
shadothezombie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Digital Artist
strong stuff indeed
TymaxBeta Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work, I can't tell you how perfect this is. Great attention to detail!
kenfreelance Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Love it: great graphic style!
MagmaRock Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Artist
I watched that, my favorite part was when the guy went into the room with the dogs, then, a brown, gooey, mutant dog is there lying on the floor! My fav.
ArcadeCommander Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
I absolutely love the attention to detail given in this! This is splendid!
TheOutgrabeMomerath Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
you, sir (or possibly madam), have gained my respect. you probably have the best taste in movies i've out of anyone i've ever met. and you make awesome stuff to go along with it. just, thank you.
jcm2 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God-like-thing Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
best movie ever!
MatticusDecimusRex Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Seriously fantastic work. I just picked it up on Blu-Ray. It looks really really good.
Reactor-Axe-Man Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell yes...
jasinmartin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional
Aw yeah! You nailed this one!

Great details/design/flow (not that I couldn't say that for all your stuff), but really pops here!
justikener Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
you really gotta stop doing awesome things like this and the warrior poster for private commisions, I want one.
grantgoboom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw man, LOVE this one!! :D
ChiNoble Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
This is one of my favourite films too and you've certainly done it justice. specially like how you've subtly worked in the ice station and the dog, love that dog.
StephenJames138 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
One of my favourite flicks, love this man!
operative274 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
back in the ancient days of the 1908's I think movies were more about the characters rather than just all the 'shock and gore' of todays horror movies. owadays it's all about special effects and 'lets see what we can do' sort of thing. Which is fine, just don't over do it ;)

Beauty pic sir!
j3concepts Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
one of my favs too! great movie, great artwork. love the light hitting his face from the flame, nice touch.
gorefest39 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
the thing is a badass, movie and this is a great poster...awsome colors.
enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
You've just about managed to incorporate the whole film in that poster you genius you!
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Most excellent. Really captured the feel of the movie.
daneault Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
you and dre struzan should be the only people studios contact for movie posters. Great stuff.
Jackaloope Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
lucaspinduca Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice! :nod:
milo13200 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice poster! i am a big fan of John Carpenter's movie. You really catch the feeling of the movie, a really great work!
CarlPearce Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Love the part with the ice station at the bottom.
CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Watched this again recently. It stills scares the shit out of me.
GraySayell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
ShadowRunner27 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is freaking brilliant. From layout to typography, this is genius. :clap:

When can we expect prints of your posters?? :ohnoes:
minuslogic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
another great poster!, you are going to have quite the collection (so many great movies to choose from in your gallery)

what are some that you haven't done that you would love to take a crack at ?
Just-Another-Bum Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Great poster for a great movie
APBarr Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
The Thing is my favorite movie of all time. I think your poster is pretty awesome to. great color choices.
y2jenn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   General Artist
This is SO great! :love: I'm always so impressed with your use of shapes and shadows. The cutout look is so wonderfully eerie somehow, suits this movie perfectly. LOVE the depth of this piece!
ctdsnark Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since it kept changing form in the movie,I guess you couldn't really use the creature;using this particular image of Macready was genius! :jawdrop:
Boatwright Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
I had to do a poster for a local showing: [link] I found the scene for reference I wanted and ended up watching it from that point forward. When it ended I started over from the beginning and watched it all the way through. I wasnt satisfied so I watched it again with the commentary. When my girlfriend came home from work I tried to talk her into watching it.

I love that movie.
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