• STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Leia & her Rebel Wreath

    Every year a few of us crazies in Minneapolis donate our time to the Minnesota Film & TV Board to benefit Toys for Tots. THEY & Clint have been delighted to be a part of if for three years now.

    Year one was "Treebacca". Year two was "R2 The Snow Droid".

    This year we thought we'd ask our friends & fans what they'd like to see and we put it up to a poll on our Facebook page. Everyone added their own idea so we ended up with a lot of options that all had 1 vote. Ultimately I went with my gut, which was very guided by Joey Hall & the event master from the film board himself, Chris Grap. Princess Leia needed some help with her Rebel Wreath and this is a quick tour of the creation process.

    First, I needed some reference and inspiration. Originally I thought I'd do the poster in complete profile.

    But it just wasn't happening. After a whole lot of archeology I found a torn up vintage oversize Star Wars comic book & this excellent image.

    And that was it. First I thought I'd try it without the hood so we could see the classic buns.

    It was already getting fun but the poster didn't have any visual weight to it yet. I revisited the hood but wasn't sure how to handle it. I found Nefer-Ra's Deviant Art page, blatently stole the hood and decided to try it on. I also hunted down a wreath which you'll see is actually a series of cupcakes. It worked because it wasn't so photographic that it was a halftone mess and it wasn't so patterned that it looked like flat clip art. 

    Now I started to think about color. In previous years I strayed away from traditional Christmas colors but this year I decided to embrace it. I knew I wanted to print on French Paper as I nearly always do and so I went searching for paper colors and decided on something really wild. White. 100lb Pop-Tone "Sweet Tooth" to be exact. Once I added this flood of red, and dropped in the classic Star Wars logo I started getting excited enough to show Chris a sneak preview.

    Ultimately that logo didn't work, but it sent me down the right path - vintage Star Wars book cover.

    Now it was time to start getting into the details. I didn't like how the ribbon came out and hadn't added the second wreath yet 

    The border really made it and brings back memories. Here's the final, which I can't wait to print!

    I added a slight distressed texture to the red so that when printing it's not too heavy, causing the paper to curl. Learned that from the Dawning poster. 


    As you can see Mr. Erik Hamline from Steady Print Shop Co. did a fabulous job as always.

    The event is December 8th at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. These hand silk screened prints are limited to an edition of 100 and signed by the artist Clinton Lugert.

    Here are the event details: 

    Star Wars Holiday Special 

    Thursday, December 8th (RSVP on Facebook)

    Bryant Lake Bowl
    810 W Lake Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    5:00pm - Tickets available with unwrapped Toy for a Tot.
    7:00pm - Screening 1
    10:00pm - Screening 2

    PS - Don't bring your children thinking they will enjoy this...


    - Clinton Lugert of THEY design

  • THE PENCIL PROJECT - Twin Cities Film Festival Trailer

    Clint has teamed up with our friends at The Pencil Project where they've been working on this trailer for the Twin Cities Film Fest. A week of great films kicks off tonight! This will play before each film. 

    The Pencil Project are:

    • Angela Schoemer
    • Gary Loo Bun
    • Zechariah Thormodsgaard 
    • Sarah Thormodsgaard
    • and Clinton Lugert 

    Music by Joel Dodson of No.Ware.

  • GATEKEEPER - Key Art Final

    Here it is, the final key art for Isaac Meisenheimer's The GateKeeper starring Ron Perlman. Illustration by Jeremy Packer [ZombiYeti] Art Direction & coloring by Clinton Lugert.

    Here's a quick tour of how we landed on this final piece. If you'd like to see our works in progress you can see what we're up to by following us on

    First of all, we were very excited to work on this project and not just because of the names attached - the script is awesome fun. Luckily for us our very talented, long-time friend Nathaniel Levisay is composing the music for this film and he recommended us to the director, Isaac Meisenheimer. 

    The goal of the The GateKeeper is to create a feel-good zombie movie that has the 80's genre-film mentality. This hooked us right away as we are big fans of Goonies, Monster Squad and the like. 

    Since the film is still seeking funding and other partners this is more of a teaser poster than anything - key art to set the mood. Our first draft was a lot more simple but you'll see the concept and color scheme were already set. 

    The idea was simple and sound. However, since the gothic style has been embraced by many modern gangs it could read the wrong way. The trucker hat put it over to the top and we decided to change up illustration styles as well.

    Then we found the work of the remarkably talented Jeremy Packer [aka ZombieYeti]. Thankfully he was cut from the same cloth and immediately started sketching. Here are a couple of the thoughts he sent our way. 

    As you can see, he's amazing. The hat is gone, and his idea of bringing a keyhole into the forehead was brilliant. We gave some direction and had another round. 

    He nailed it. The next round was the ink.

    Then we played with the type again.

    We all loved it but Isaac made the right decision and pushed us towards a more classic Goonie's treatment.

    And then the color.

    Due to scheduling conflicts Clinton Lugert dusted off his old comic book skills and finished up the last couple rounds of color. 

    And the final round is up top. Up next we'll be preparing various forms of colaterol for the film. We hope you'll keep tabs on The GateKeeper as it progresses by following @Meisenslimer on Twitter or subscribing to their blog

    And if you're ever in a graveyard and you see Ron Perlman. Run.