This poster was commissioned by Disney/Pixar in collaboration with my friends at the Poster Posse to celebrate the release of cars 3 and was on display at the Cars 3 premiere.
The concept behind this illustration was to capture part of the journey that Lightning Mcqueen embarks on. An almost Rocky-like transformation from meeting his new rival, suffering a heavy loss to regaining his 'eye of the tiger' and fighting back to victory.
With its more mature themes, I wanted it to appeal to an adult audience as well as for children. So I created a more dramatic and moody feel with swirling black smoke from the crash leading to a future race with Lightning filled with new focus.