Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Big Sandwich in Little China!

Hey Peoples, another month, another ridiculous sandwich at Melt:


Our take on sweet & sour chicken... on a sandwich!!
Crispy Asian Breaded Chicken or Veggie Chicken
Stir Fried Peppers, Onions & Carrots
Flavorful Steamed Jasmine Rice
Egg Shen's Magic Potion Sweet & Sour Sauce
Pepper-Jack Burton Cheese
Lo Pan's Chinese Hot Mustard Dip

Eat this madness and then go see "Big Trouble in Little China" (!!!!) on Saturday, February 20th @ Midnight at The Capital Theatre (1390 West 65th Street). Melt is sponsoring the movie by offering 2 drawings at the showing for a $20 gift card. There will also be a special gift for everyone in attendance from Melt Bar and Grilled.

I actually re-watched this movie before drawing this poster. I hadn't seen it in years, and I gotta say... it holds up surprisingly well. I had totally forgotten about some of the more ridiculous aspects like the monsters and the magic. I will say though, I'm really glad I wasn't an adult in the 80's.

When this gig came across my table, I was really stoked. I loved Big Trouble as a kid and I used to really love the poster. I gotta admit, redrawing this was actually something that kind of really bothered me. The original artist, Drew Struzan, is a phenomenal painter and trying to recreate something he made over twenty years ago pushed me into a place I was pretty uncomfortable in. So weird. On the one hand I felt like a hack for copying something so iconic. On the other hand it was actually pretty difficult to do. There's so much going on and so many subtleties happening in the colors. Translating it into a black and white line art piece, then coloring it and fitting in the text and the sandwich was such a challenge.

I actually had to shoot a picture of my own hand holding a sandwich to get a good reference to replace that huge gun. This is actually the Hungry Hungarian in my hand. I gripped it as take-out specifically to take this picture. Then I ate it.

More posts soon, including another couple Melt posters! The limited signed and numbered print of this one is now available in the Melt Shop on their website!

1 comment:

SpiderBridge said...

One of the periscope studio members owns the original of the Big trouble Struzan poster and it will make your brain barf on itself: it is so good.