Thursday, December 10, 2009

Poster Contest

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design (Drexel's design school, and the one I am currently attending) had a call for poster designs. This is my entry.

I started out by trying some Graphic Design tricks by getting photos and arranging them creatively and applying Illustrator and Photoshop filters on them. The results were less than impressive and I got a little discouraged. I thought about it for a bit and realized graphic design isn't my strong point. I really don't know much about it. My strengths lie in drawing and (occassionly) painting. I pulled out my sketch book and started making up an abstract thumbnail.

I thought about Drexel and what it was all about. Drexel's mascot is a Dragon so I started with that. I had taken a photo of a sculpture at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and really liked it. It is an angel looking upward. In this case I was thinking of angels symbolizing victory, success, and achievement, all things that a school would want to promote. I also put in some skulls, I just like drawing skulls. The lines were all in ink with Steadler pens (the best) on some hot pressed (or is it cold pressed, whichever the smooth kind is) heavy paper, I think the brand was Canson. After photographing it I brought it into Illustrator and live painted it to get a vector version of the drawing. From there I started adding color. I kept fairly graphic feel with the palette kind of like a Dr. Seuss book. (or at least what I remember it to look like, I haven't opened one in years)Unfortunately it was a race against the clock because the poster was due that day. From when I started to completion it took me about 8 hours. I would have liked to spend another 8 hours to get it where I really wanted it but I am satisfied with the results.

Voting on the entries starts next term and I am going to post the link here when it opens up.

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