The poster was created via a mix of careful preparation and random improvisation/chance.
I wanted to create a version of the famous picture of Shakespeare from the First Folio - you know the one, looks a bit like this.
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Here's a video of my attempt.
Then, with a bit of cardboard to act as a rough collar, I took a lot of photos. The one I chose was this one.
Well, then I put it into the computer, upped the contrast and removed colour - to create a black and white etched look. Then I removed all the white, so that it was just the black etching lines and layered this etch over the original photo - so that there were hard lines detailing the face. Then I messed around with the photo - adjusting the colour palate. I was going to bleed the colour out, but I decided I liked the weird colours and textures and so made more of them.
Finally, I took a version of the Folio image to layer over the picture - to replace my hair and the collar, so that the image was more clearly like the Folio Shakespeare. There needed to be some anchor points to show who it was.
The final picture is very different to what I'd planned - more colourful, a bit Soviet, and slightly terrifying. It's Shakespeare as scary Big Brother - and I rather like it.
I then, for the hell of it, took the unused pictures to create an Andy Warhol style picture board of different faces of Shakespeare - as the show could perhaps be subtitled The Many Faces of Shakespeare.
Just a pity I didn't think of that earlier.
Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
By multi award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton
Shakespeare is dead, but he just won’t stop talking. His words are immortal, but they keep changing. Award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton explores the current boom in Shakespeare and how everything is now devoted to his holy name. Undead Bard is an unholy smorgasbord of play, comedy, and music, pulling apart Shakespeare, Bardolatry, and the modern world, for your pleasure.
More details about the show and online podcasts on the Undead Bard at www.milkbottleproductions.co.uk
Performing at Theatre N16
Sunday 2nd October to Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm
Matinee at Saturday 8th October at 3pm
Tickets £12 / 10 concessions – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/145903Theatre N16, The Bedford, 77
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