Dark Hall Mansion has just revealed their next collaborative effort with one of our favorite artists, Nicolas Delort and this time it’s an officially licensed print for the 1933 Warner Brothers classic, “KING KONG.”
(Original 1933 French Poster)
We love this take on such an iconic character. Skull Island always intrigued me as a kid and this print by Nicolas absolutely captures that sense of “awe” I had about Kong’s original home. Looking at the print you can almost hear the cascading waterfalls, the screech of the pterodactyl’s and Kong’s mighty roar.
Standard edition: Black & White
Edition of 280 on foil
Variant Edition: Sepia
Edition of 70 on foil
Black and White version: Edition of 10 – $250
Lavendar version: Edition of 10 – $250
Here is the official press release from DHM :
Dark Hall Mansion is proud to reveal its latest entry in the DHM Seminal Film Series of limited edition print releases, 1933’s classic, “King Kong,” by artist Nicolas Delort on sale next Friday, May 15th!
Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Warner Bros. Entertainment Consumer Products, has invited leading artist, Nicolas Delort, to take on one of the most influential and groundbreaking of cinema’s early classics. Informed by Willis O’Brien’s legendary stop-motion animation, “King Kong” smashed records on opening at Radio City Music Hall in 1933 and has never looked back since. Its impact shaping generations of filmmakers is undeniable, yet it is Kong’s pathos that forever registers in the hearts of fans. Far from some simple brute, the power and tenderness Kong so eloquently expresses plays out in pioneering and arresting close-ups that still resonate with viewers to this day, Kong’s ending as heartbreaking as it is unforgettable.
Nicolas Delort’s expressed vision for his piece was, from the start, to tell Kong’s tale, organically, to see him in his own domain, the world Kong inhabits. Taking the viewer right to Skull Island, Nicolas’ piece is as much about this mysterious world as it is about Kong himself, and nowhere is this more evocative than in his striking rendering of a cavernous skull and its weeping waterfalls. Nicolas’ “King Kong” print beautifully ties back, mid, and foreground, the native’s massive gates at rear, Kong’s engaged prehistoric battle, and finally, Carl Denham’s camera quietly piercing the jungle, placing the viewer right with the intrepid film crew as it first comes upon the majestic ape. As always, Nicolas brings his striking detail work to bear and compliment his composition and story, while elegant finishing touches, such as his title treatment, herald what’s to come in New York and further showcases his skills.
In a very special surprise for fans, ALL Standard and Variant Nicolas Delort “King Kong” editions will be screen printed on foil, inclusive of metallic ink highlights. There will be a Standard B&W 5-color (2 colors being metallic) screen printed foil edition, and a Variant Sepia-toned 5-color (2 colors being metallic) screen printed foil edition, both measuring 20″ x 30,” and all editions hand-numbered. There will also be two select, giclee printed canvas editions, one with Nicolas’ unique and moody lavender color scheme, the other based on Nicolas’ original B&W vision.
We spoke to Nicolas about the project, hit the jump below to see what he had to say and take a look at some of his incredible W.I.P. images.
BLURPPY – King Kong is a colossal undertaking. What drew you to the project? What do you love about the film?
Nicolas Delort – I have to admit I’d only seen the movie once a very very long time ago, but I was interested in tackling a “classic”. Can you bring something that hasn’t been done dozens of times? Can you find a new exciting angle? These are the fun parts of being an illustrator. After watching it, I loved the visuals and felt like a lot of the scenes and backdrops were straight out of Doré etchings and that there would be plenty to draw inspiration from.
BLURPPY – This film has been part of the pop culture genre for over 80 years now, how daunting was it to take this one on?
Nicolas Delort – It’s always very challening to revisit a movie that’s been turned into a cultural staple, parodied and been paid homage to over and over again. You have to find an unexpected angle to avoid making something that people have already seen but at the same time, people still have certain expectations. So you have to pay homage to the classic scenes without approaching them in a hackneyed way. I hope I managed that!
BLURPPY – You absolutely did! What was your process for this one and did it differ from past projects?
Nicolas Delort – My process is pretty streamlined at this point – once the concept sketch is approved (see below, Image 1), I push it a bit, clean up some areas and add detail here and there (see below, Image 2) – once that is approved, I print it out, transfer to the scratchboard and start scratching away. (see below, WIP 1 & WIP 2)
Blurppy – How many concepts were done before the final piece came to fruition? (Any chance we can get some WIP images of the concept pieces?)
Nicolas Delort – I did a bunch of thumbnails that I didn’t keep and among those, four had potential to make cool images but out of those four, I felt like a lot of them had already been done to death (the skyscraper scene for instance) and there were certain dated aspects of the movie that I wanted to avoid depicting. So I settled on this idea, which was to have Kong in his natural surroundings being “spied on” and being attacked in his home just before being stolen from it.