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What style of illustration is this?

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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Does this style of illustration have a name? the kind you see on a 80's horror novel. 

 

https://www.behance.net/gallery/58467973/Butcher-Billys-Stranger-Tales-The-Second-Season

 

I'm trying to find resources on how to create this style and any would be helpful, thanks

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Dec 31, 2021 Dec 31, 2021

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Hi

Film noir in my opinion

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Dec 31, 2021 Dec 31, 2021

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I don't know that it has a name per se. It's similar to film noir (that's more 1940s and 50s). I'd say this is a 1980s pulp fiction style, a term coined to depict somewhat racy, cheaply produced magazines. But the pulp fiction era dates back to the 1950s. As the designer Butcher Billy says, this style derived from 1980s pop culture as seen in comic books, movies, and games.

 

The black background style is a mix of grunge, paint splatter, and punk looks. You can find a matching font using "Stranger Tales" since the A, N, E, and R are distinctive. Search for tutorials on how to make long shadow text effects and spooky outline effects in Photoshop or Illustrator using layer styles. Hope that's helpful!

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Dec 31, 2021 Dec 31, 2021

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Looks like a variety of styles to me, but focused around 70s style comic book covers:

http://ivanlandia1.blogspot.com/2012/11/some-old-school-1970s-horror-comic-book.html

(I didn't want to post the art directly.)

 

Pulp magazine practically told an entire story on the front cover--that is, it was more than a simple logo-type illustration. 

pulp magazine cover art at DuckDuckGo

 

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Those 70s covers are great, Dave. I like the label, “chilling picto-fiction” lol.

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