Finalist Spotlight: Owen Gibbons


Owen lives in Canberra Australia and has been working as a graphic designer for the past 15 years. Outside of work, he spends his spare time illustrating characters, creating sci-fi scenes and experimenting with different software – basically having fun creating art and design in many ways and styles.

Tell us about your re-design concept.

Although best remembered as the iconic monster from the 1950s science fiction film The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Gill-man is also known for his cameo appearances in popular shows and films like The Munsters and The Monster Squad. My re-design depicts Gill-man in the unexpected, weird and quirky role of The Swamp Pimp. I imagine this film would fall into a category of horror that is a little unconventional: it’s not always scary, it’s often funny and it’s definitely off the wall. A little a bit like the art I produce.

Where did you get the idea for this concept?

I drew my inspiration from horror film posters from the era. I am really interested in pop culture art from the 1950s and like the use of typography in art and design, so a classic-style movie poster was an obvious choice. I decided to re-imagine Gill-man as a swamp pimp because it would be an interesting juxtaposition but one that still lent itself to the horror genre.

How long did your piece take to complete?

It probably took me a couple of weeks all up. I worked on the piece every other day, during lunch breaks and there were definitely several late nights at home.

Why did you pick Gill-Man?

I have always been a fan of Gill-man. He is such a bizarre looking character and his features lend well to the classic horror movie poster style I was planning to create. I thought he would be a fun and interesting challenge to illustrate.


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