• Olly Jordan

Chapter 49 - ArchieVerse - Riverdale - Project Pilot - 2018/19

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

As you can see on my portfolio website, Riverdale has ended up being the biggest series of work I have created to date, and because of this it has it's own section under the name of ArchieVerse. Reflecting what happened on screen where show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa created two spin-off shows from Riverdale - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Katy Keene, I also created two other series of artwork based on those shows which then produced the ArchieVerse collection. These shows are all based on characters from the Archie Comics which is why they are all under one umbrella collective name, ArchieVerse. Merging the name of Archie and universe created the overarching collection's name.

In terms of the artwork, I kind of designed the work as it went along, I knew that I wanted this collection to be a way to continue developing the new style I had developed at uni inspired mainly by Ben Jeffery. The painting was the main thing for me, then thinking of how to stylistically put the characters and other supporting artwork onto a poster design kind of came second. I would work on the poster designs a couple of evenings a week then did the painting during the day, however I knew I had a lot of time to refine the poster design as the paintings themselves would take a long time. Working with a blue and red colour palette for the mark making background was something I knew I would incorporate within the portraits as those are the colours used most within the Riverdale promotion work anyway, so it makes sense to make that link there. I also knew I wanted a vintage 50s aesthetic for the poster design not only because it is a time when illustrated poster design would have been in, but also because the 50s are when the Archie Comics started and created these characters, so it would be good to pay homage to that time period.

As with all the blog posts so far for big projects, I will try and keep the work posted in chronological order where it can, but also clump certain smaller series in together on one post: 'Pop's Diner Collection' is an example of a smaller series of work within the Riverdale collection which will be posted within one post. Hopefully that makes sense. Below I have listed the whole Riverdale Collection and how they will be posted.

Pop's Diner Collection

Vanilla Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake

Chocolate Milkshake

Vintage Milkshake Tin Poster Design

Pop's Chock 'Lit Shoppe

Death Diner

Pop's Diner

Supporting Character Objects

The Athlete

Pink Perfection


Southside Serpent

Iconic Spider Brooch


Josie and The Pussycats

The Character Portraits - Each Posted Separately

Josie McCoy

Kevin Keller

Cheryl Blossom

Jughead Jones

Veronica Lodge

Betty Cooper

Archie Andrews

Riverdale Poster

Character Posters - The Selfless Hero?, The Girl Next Door, The Lodge Princess, The Serpent King, The Vixen Bombshell, The Gay Best Friend, The Rockstar Kitty

Postcards - In Unity There Is Strength, I'm in the Mood for Chaos, Milkshake Poster, I'd Rather Be At Pop's, Death Diner

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