Vallejo Poster Parody

Iceland warms up to upcoming part!

A poster parody that pays homage to the great!

When I joined Fiverr Pro in February 2018, my first commission was a parody caricature mock-up of “The Hangover” movie poster, which you can see here. At the end of the year, and to make my tenth commission from the site, the same client came back to me and asked me to render out another poster for yet another birthday celebration. Little did I know at the time it was to be a parody of one of my idols and also a bigger challenge to boot.


The outline of the brief was a simple idea to create an illustration for a fiftieth birthday party of an American friends to take place in Iceland in December. The idea was to parody an old movie poster of Chevy Chase; “European Vacation“, and to manipulate the elements to personalise the poster for the Icelandic event.


The basis behind the illustration was to emphasis the link with Iceland (the place of the party) and the movie “European Vacation“. The concept was simple to render out the Boris Vallejo version as close as possible, but also to add in the elements required by the client in order to personalise the poster for the event. As the briefing grew the reworking of the main movie poster had to add additional elements, such as an Icelandic sheep and a Wolf, instead of the two children. And as usual the client added minor details to emphasis members of the crew going to the party. Such, as the Rabbi hair curls. The nice addition was that the original poster had movie credits at the base. And these were utilised to add the names of all the guests to the roll call of the upcoming party.

The sketch was made and the elements slowly pulled together, to add small titbits of clues to other attendees of the party. The main issue was the time frame to complete. There was only a week to get the work complete and ready for print. The artwork was going to be rendered out in my typical style, using my favourite brush for the job.


Client: Matt Swann
Illustration Tool: Photoshop CC 2018
File size: 483Mbs/1.73Gbs (open)
Layers: 52 uncompressed
Dimensions: 8000 x 12064px/300dpi
Hours (Preparitory): 1.5 hrs
Digital rendering: 61 hrs

Final Render

As part of my typical rendering process I have made a time-lapse rendering process video. You can see it by simply clicking the Subscribe button and join my YouTube channel. I would appreciate the follows, as in the near future I will be doing new tutorials as well as uploading many time-lapse pieces of my works.

If you are interested in the shorter 5 Min time-lapse render video, you can find it here!

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1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.

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