Y – The Last Man (2021)
Beginning in 2020, and for more than half of 2021 I worked on the first and only season of the apocalyptic FX/Disney television series, based on the graphic novel of the same name.
The series begins by introducing us to Yorick and his sister Hero who both live in New York, and to their mother and a handful of other politicos living in Washington DC. Shortly following these introductions, every living creature with a Y chromosome inexplicably drops dead in a matter of minutes, with two exceptions; Yorick soon discovers that himself and his pet monkey are the only male survivors. From there, Yorick and some of the other central characters set off on separate quests that have them traveling across the US, visiting major cities, small towns, abandoned churches and universities, barter markets, art shows mourning the departed, and a cult occupying a department store.
This show had me making a lot of use of my cintiq to paint in photoshop. I would start by collaging stock images and then would apply filters and/or paint them “by hand” digitally. There were a lot of murals, such as the street art mural of the cranes in New York, as well as the paste-up of the old man, which I scribble traced over a stock photograph. This drawing also became a giant mural VFX comped on to an old skyrise.
The kung fu poster was inspired by a 1970s Bruce Lee poster for “Enter the Dragon” which the production was unable to clear. This also began as a collage of stock images and then made to look painted with a combination of filters and digital brush strokes done “by hand”.
The mural in the church was a bit of a gag, scripted as a “blonde blue eyed Jesus”. This was collaged and painted in Photoshop, printed, and then blended into the wall at the church location by paint. I was flattered that the church we shot in chose to keep the mural up.