Here's a look behind the scenes at the stages that led up to the final artwork.
The show was originally called POPSICLE, but later changed to POPCORE - which is why some of the artworks feature different logos.
The first brief was to develop an overall visual look to use for the show - which became the popsicle axe and the acid girl. The idea was to make the visuals so acidic and sugary, your teeth would hurt just by looking at them. The visuals were loud, unapologetically confrontational and had a lot of potential uses for the show.
After this first stage, the creators of the show decided they would like to have the guests included in the artwork, to make them more of a feature - as the show is all about their opinions and personalities. After some experimentation with a visual style, I started to use the 'melting' concept, and found it to be a great fit for the style and attitude of the show.
Below is the first image made using the melting concept featuring Patrice from MTV. The melting parts started out as a subtle addition to the portraits of the guest, but later grew in complexity and boldness.
I made these artworks by photographing the guests backstage at the show's film set, then digitally hand-painting the melting features.