As it turns out I’m home sick for the second day in a row, and although I’m not feeling great, I simply can’t handle lazing around for too many hours. I watched TWO movies last night and lazed in bed with a magazine and I know that is supposed to be the epitome of relaxation but it made me feel kind of useless!
SO I’m sick, but I’m at my desk today writing, home working, and designing some new cards for Double Dare Print. At least when I’m at home I can accomplish all of these tasks in my pj’s, with a warm kitten on my lap and a cup of tea by my side!
Today I wanted to share with you what I’ve been working on at school for a local theatre company here in Halifax called the Halifax Theatre for Young People.
This particular assignment has us (the graphic design students) each design a poster for an upcoming performance that will be proposed to the company. One of the 24+ designs will be chosen as the official poster for the performance. The play explores depression, and uses a metaphor of a red fish who follows two of the characters around, trying to tear them down every chance it can get. I wanted to show the red fish as a menacing shadow that follows the character around everywhere they go, but I had many other ideas before (see image above) narrowing down to that one! Here’s the process:
I have really learned to enjoy and understand the importance of process this year. I love to really dig in and explore different ideas and possibilities. Before I even sit down to the computer, I sketch out ALOT of ideas (the more the better really), and this time I even started to experiment with cut and torn paper. I really wanted to get back to my roots, which is hand drawn illustration. I had a lot of fun and I found a new energy and motivation.
I finally landed on an idea I liked, and from there I kept sketching to figure out the logistics of the imagery. I knew what I wanted the imagery to be, but I wasn’t completely sure about how I would represent it on paper. After a few more rounds of sketching I had it all sorted out. I love using tracing paper because it allows me to revise a previous idea, move shapes around easily, and make connections that I would have otherwise not been able to. It really is visual thinking!
For this poster, I wanted to feature a character that represents a child. I wanted to find a way to make the character non-gender specific as well as non-race specific. I wanted the kids who look at this poster to be able to identify with the character. I didn’t want anyone to feel left out when they looked at this image. I wanted them to be able to make a connection with the character in the poster, and I didn’t want anything to stand in the way of that. Hopefully I pulled it off!
Finally, I got to work on the computer and had a LOT of fun drawing and painting in Photoshop. I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with my tablet and a brush pack I bought just after Christmas (Kyle’s Ultimate Brush Pack). It’s been really fun and has changed my work quite a bit!
Finally, I added a space for the character and the shadow to live in, added the title, and started adding some details. The poster isn’t finished yet, as you can see, the bottom of the poster is missing all of it’s copy. I will be sure to share with you the final poster once it is complete with all of it’s copy.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside my process for creating this poster!
That’s it for now!