Antony and Cleopatra Illustration

A Company of Fools is Ottawa’s first professional Shakespeare company. They put on outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s works, usually with some clowning thrown in. Recently, they asked me to design the poster illustration for their soon-to-open production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. This was my first venture into theatrical posters, and I have to say it was a lot of fun to develop and refine the central image. From the attached images, you can see the evolution the illustration went through before it became finalized. My favourite critique from the client: “A little less Disney, a little more Calvin & Hobbes.” I’m very pleased with the final image, particularly as it pushed me outside the boundaries of my usual style.