I don't think Art was being trite. I think it's good advice. Moreover, I think it's good that someone is offering constructive criticism rather than taking potshots at Blue Meridian or whatever crap that went up and garnered 15 pages of comments.
I've know Justin for like 10+ years and have seen a lot of his work, from photos to paintings/drawing and to his latest posters - each medium seems to have a different voice and are all pretty powerful. I think with every poster he's making quantum leaps and I think the feedback he's gotten from Art and others is taken to heart.
I'm psyched to be sharing a booth with him at Flatstock.
ok, since you guys all seem to think i was being arrogant and trite with my comments, i'll be a little more direct here.
this poster really hits what you're looking for, but i don't think you quite realize what it is (or that you were looking for it). the thing that really resonates strongly with this one is that this is the first poster you've done that really emotes - it has a HUMAN connection. your other work all seems like disconnected academic exploratory style commentary. this one has feeling.
this image was attractive to you, it's antiquity, the expressions, the damage, and even your type treatment tells me that you saw what was good in this thing.
so, if you stop and think about actually connecting with the feelings of the viewer for a while, i think your work from this point on will take a quantum leap in quality. just stopping to think about it may be all you need to do.
now, does that work better?
this one is world class. i propose you quit searching around stylistically and think about what makes this one poster so interesting and explore that for a while.
then go back to searching stylistically and you'll be surpprised by how much more focused in you thinking you've become.