I was asked to create a drawn cover reference for the German coming-of-age series “How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” produced by bildundtonfabrik for Netflix. From serveral drafts the “Two-Face” reference was used to create the final cover image (execution by Netflix).
But to whom does your data belong? You?
This free project shows only a few aspects of government and commercial (mass) surveillance. Partially hidden, partially obvious.
The central character is emblematic of the zeitgeisty behavior to eagerly share personal data in social networks (as I do right at the moment), thus make the data also available to a number of companies, health maintenance organizations and authorities as well as criminals.
The title and the essence are shamelessly adapted from H. D. Thoreau’s essay.
*(“Data is the raw material of the 21st century” – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Davos, 2018 → full-length speech)
Plastics are omnipresent. And plastic garbage in the oceans (and plastic pollution in general) is one of the greatest man made problem of our time. Marine animals eat plastics, humans consume plastics. Some organisms adapted themselves to the new condition and found a new habitat. But most of the effects on the environment are unambiguously negative.
With “A Whale Tale” (pun intended) I want to address this topic in a critical and ironic way. For this I used plastic bags as an esthetically stylistic device. The fact that I needed a relatively huge amount of plastics to finish a digital (!) illustration is both interesting and a bit scary. The computer mouse, the monitor, some of the inner workings of the computer (except the case which is made of steel), the graphic tablet including the pen and the keyboard – all these things comprise plastics. But hey, my coffee mug is made out of steel and porcelain enamel (the manufacturing process not in mind).
Yes, I also produce garbage. No, I don’t have a solution. I just try to make my small contribution by giving up the use of plastic bags at the grocery store where it is possible, by leaving some packaging directly there and by carrying at least one handful of garbage (mostly plastics) to the next trash can after each surf session in my vacation. Every little piece counts.
Comments, critics and discussions are always welcome.
Thanks for watching!
Poster Mockup by GraphicBurger
My intention to realize this personal work was simple – I just love this sitcom series created by Greg García. I enjoy the characters, the story, the cast, the entire setting and the gags, and of course that funny thing called karma. Fellow fans know that the show has been cancelled (in 2009) and left us unsatisfied with a cliffhanger. I’m still waiting for a final final season or at least a closing episode. No, I won’t lose hope, dear guys at 20th Century Fox!
As he is the title character I decided to realize Jason Lee who starred as Earl Jehoshaphat Hickey first. The ongoing project serves as both a digital painting practice and the acquirement of new techniques to me. I’m planning to illustrate more characters over the next months with no rush. The motel background will always stay the same but with varying details like the current goofs you can see (the boom operator’s microphone or that strange cable).
Because I’m also a huge fan of the work of Kevin Smith I wish he would write and direct the final season/episode. The reference to him and his View Askew Productions is just a broad hint.
All characters and logos © 2005–2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. AC/DC logo © by AC/DC.
I painted the logo and the credits based on the original fonts used in the sitcom series (except Adelle).