I’ve never attempted to make a gig poster but my future son-in-law is a guitarist in a band in Chicago so I wanted to do one for him that would highlight the new name of his band, Dark Render. Yes, you guessed it, he loves metal. His favorite animal is an eagle and his color pallet seems to be red and black. That was the information I had to begin my adventure into making a heavy metal gig poster using Adobe Illustrator.

Eagles seem to be the way I went with these sketches and I really enjoyed drawing this very majestic animal. The text needs to be illustrative so trying to come up with something that would work for an eagle seemed to be throwing me a bit. Then I decided to try and do something with his talons to weave the text around to add some depth to make the eagle look like he was flying.

I took my sketch of the eagle and put it into Adobe Illustrator and used the image trace to create a vector based image. It seemed to look very cool and I was pleased. I was not, however, pleased with the biggest frustration of this entire project. I wanted to show some depth and texture by adding a contrasting pattern behind the eagle. I could not figure out how to do it. Long story short is actually in the title of this piece. A little tiny box call ignore white that you have to check while image tracing in order for your image to be able to have anything behind it. I don’t even want to tell you how long that took me to figure out. Dynamite comes in small packages. Thanks google!

I took a texture and put it into Adobe Photoshop and changed the threshold to create something that I could work with in Adobe Illustrator. From there I placed it into Illustrator and image traced it with paths and corners to the right and noise to the left. I am forever grateful to Cory Kerr’s videos that explain how to do thing so well! The draft of my eagle shows that I figured out the texture but the colors were not the right choice to show the amount of depth and contrast I was going for. I found a great font that I had to work with quite a bit to make it work but the manipulation seemed promising.

As you can see by my final, I did figure out a pretty good color scheme. I added several textures behind the eagle as well as masking out some of the letters and placing textures in front as well. The new color scheme is fierce and conveys an image of power for a heavy metal rock band. I hope Dark Render has many gig dates in the future!

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Judy Taylor

Judy Taylor

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Judy is a Web Design and Development Major with an emphasis in Design at BYU-Idaho. She was born in Price, Utah and currently lives in Rexburg, Idaho with her husband Dave. She has two awesome children, Joshua (30) and Allison (18). Creating and coding web sites, UX design and vector graphics are some of her up and coming skills. Her favorite quote is by Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
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