Joshua Kelly is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.

Spaceballs (1987)

Film Synopsis

King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems…). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies.

About the Artist

Joshua Kelly aka J-Monster Art is an illustrator based in Scotland, UK. His artwork is inspired by the love of comic books, tattoos, and watching horror films from a stupidly young age.

Why did you choose that film?

Spaceballs is parody at its finest. I have always wanted to do a Star Wars poster but its been done so many time that I’ve never really seen the point in doing one myself. When I saw this on the list I was drawn to it for the fact that it’s mainly a Star Wars parody. Also to my surprise, its not been done a lot in the alternative poster community.  Most of my work is horror based so I took this as a chance to do something different.

Any upcoming projects you want to tell us about?

I have an alternative poster illustration that is part of The Thing Artbook which is being debuted during SDCC this month and will be released to the public shortly after. It’s an amazing book to be a part which has so much talent packed into its pages. I’m also working on a Children of the Corn steelbook that will drop near the end of the year. Other than that I will be doing more fanart posters and continuing to develop my style and learn new techniques before the year is over.

Any upcoming projects you want to tell us about?

Be sure to check out all of Joshua’s work, and we’ll be sure to share some teases of this Sci-Fi classic real soon.

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