Infernal Affairs glow in the dark poster – limited edition prints available here.
Back in March I took part in Bottleneck Gallery’s ‘When the Lights Go Out 2’ exhibition in NYC. I created my first ever screen print for the show, inspired by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs, the brilliant Hong Kong movie that inspired Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. I felt that the story of the police planting a mole in the triads (and vice versa), with the characters hiding their true allegiances from each other, provided the perfect theme for a glow in the dark poster.
Being accustomed to simply painting my digital art as I see fit and sending it off to the printer, it was really interesting (and at times quite challenging!) to rewire my ‘art brain’ in order to create a screen print, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.
The Half and Half were recommended to me by the gallery, and I worked with Sara, who proved to be invaluable throughout the process. I knew in general of course that I needed to be able to split my art up into colour layers, but I certainly learnt a lot about the nuances of screen printing along the way.
The key thing was to be able to work in my normal style, albeit leaving the blacks and outlines a bit bolder than I often would, and thanks to a little test on an old illustration, it suddenly clicked and I knew I could make it work, basically using a halftone effect so that I could paint in my normal way and automatically stipple the steps between colours. I felt the final effect also really suits the gritty theme of the piece.
Whilst the printer were able to send me a couple of snaps of the final print, it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I was able to see the lovely work they’d done in person.
Over the weekend I finally took some photos of the print, including setting up the tripod and doing some longer exposures to capture the glow in the dark version. So, the photos are a tad brighter than the real effect, but it certainly shows up, and I still get a kick out of seeing the other details appear. What’s especially cool is hiding things in the shadows (which is really just the white of the paper) where you haven’t used the glow in the dark ink.
Anyway, I thought I’d post some of the photos so you can see the details of the print. My original post (with an animated gif – yeah!) can be found here and the print can still be purchased here.