Illustration & Design

A Streetcar Named Desire

A streetcar named desire poster

2017. Image and text composed and digitally painted in Photoshop.

The project was to design a poster depicting the climatic Scene 10 from Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire.

The concept behind this image was to convey the animalistic imagery in the scene of Stanley and Blanche's final confrontation. The description of Stanley's predatory behavior and his striped pajamas evoked, for me, visual comparisons to a tiger, and Blanche was the naive sheep that pulled the wool - her own wool - over everyone's eyes except Stanley. 

I decided upon this thematic concept of comparing the two characters to these animals, and went through many different drafts before deciding upon this composition and image. I created a more abstracted manifestation of a tiger-predator creature to represent Stanley, and the creature still has unsettling human qualities in its eye and hand. It tears at the sheep head that represents Blanche to show Stanley's final triumph and total domination over Blanche.