For the past few years, I have been drawing a commemorative Academy Award poster for my brother’s annual ‘Oscar Party’ in Chicago, and printing up a nice big copy of it for him to frame. I usually try to include each of the major nominees in all the acting categories, as well as squeezing in a director or two, a documentary if it is well known, and a small nod to the animated features. It is usually a logistical challenge trying to fit everything in, and takes a lot of research, especially on the faces of little known ‘supporting actor’ nominees. I generally have a lot of fun with these things, and it is nice to keep in practice with my caricature skills, which only occasionally get called upon in my day to day projects.
These posters are available as large quality prints (18 x 20 if I remember correctly), and signed by the artist (contact me for details). Click on the image to see a larger, detailed version.
This was the first year I drew one of these caricature posters for my brother. The idea came from a framed print of an illustration that my brother has in his house from a Chicago Newspaper’s ‘oscar nominees’ article. Me and my brother have been watching the oscars religiously since around 1972, and, while we haven’t always lived near one another, we usually would call up and compare notes after each broadcast. He began having ‘oscar themed’ parties for several years in Chicago, and this was the first one of them I’ve been able to attend (being on an inconvenient night for school).
I usually try to catch most of the nominated films in the theater before the awards, although I don’t always succeed. This year we only managed to see Sideways, Million Dollar Baby, The Incredibles and The Aviator prior to the awards, but afterwards managed to catch up with Hotel Rwanda, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Closer, Finding Neverland and Collateral Damage.
All the rest of the posters in this series can be found under the portfolio menu under the masthead.