Eve on an intergalactic adventure

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The project was to create an alternative film poster that related to an existing film using Photoshop or Illustrator. I chose to take on Wall-E from a different angle, from the perspective of his co-character Eve.

The first stage was to map out the basic shape of Eve using the pen tool; this allowed me to get perfectly rounded edges with the very specific shape of the robot. I slowly built up separate layers for each part so that I could easily move things around later on.

My aim was to make the character look as accurate as possible without using any 3D rendering. Various tools were used to achieve the specific shading on each part of the character. Some of the larger parts have gradient overlays applied to them with further shading on top.

The paintbrush was used a lot in combination with the eraser and shape selections to delete anything outside of the parts I wanted to shade. There are a number of smaller highlights on the character that give Eve her 3D, rounded, shiny look and these were replicated again using standard brushes and shaped accordingly.

An appropriate back drop was essential to highlight the character in the best way possible. I tried a number of different scenes but was not happy with any until I found the image used in the final product. With a strong gaussian blur applied, this image gave just the right amount of dark and light areas to compliment the character whilst still looking like a scene from space.

The positioning of the background was specifically chosen to break away from the often symmetrical nature of simple posters. Layers had to be added above the background in order to darken and neaten some areas ready for text to be applied on top. I wanted the whole poster to look clean and simple, a reflection of the personality of Eve. As it is a direct sequel from the creators, this was put in a line at the top, conventional of most sequel movie posters. As with a large number of movie posters, central alignment is often used on text elements and I have followed this on my poster.

I used P22 Spiggie Pro as the typeface for the movie title as this best reflected the look and nature of the film and was a good contrast to the Sun Sans used on the byline. Spiggie Pro has a very strong and bold looking shape to the characters but the ever so slightly rounded edges make the otherwise authoritative font look gentle and soft. This is exactly how Eve is portrayed in the film and so this typeface suits it perfectly.

The byline used Sun Sans because it stood out as being eye catching and yet neat at the same time. A 299 character tracking was applied in order to fill out the poster and also add to the effect of the poster being in space.