This is a movie poster based on a short story I wrote. I wanted to capture an unrealistic and almost ethereal quality present at some points in the story through differing layer styles that let the background come through. Stars and smoke are very prominent images in the story, and I chose to focus on an idealized view of one of the main characters through a vector portrait.
I created all elements of the poster except the image of the night sky. I used Illustrator to make a contour drawing of the face, then used the live paint bucket to color it. I then brought that into Photoshop and used many layers of different styles to get the text effects. The smoke image, on the right of the poster, I took using a bucket of dry ice and quite a bit of manipulation in Photoshop.
Below, I slightly reworked the design to function as decorative art instead of strictly a movie poster.