For this project, I created a fictional band and event to design a gig poster for. This had a lot more freedom than what I have been working on the last few months, which was exciting but also overwhelming.
I got some feedback from my peers, and the most popular sketch was the ballerina on a record player, but the idea I really liked was the face under water.
I made two faces underwater (using my husband as my male model, which he was not so amused about) I liked this idea but I wanted to take it to the next level. Then I decided to try out my ballerina idea as well.
After getting some feedback, I decided that the faces underwater had been done before. This is where I had to “kill my darling” or give up on the idea that I was holding on to and trying to make work but wasn’t the strongest option.
I wasn’t sure where to go with the ballerina idea. Luckily for me, the Grand Russian Ballet was in town performing Swan Lake. So I forced my husband into a suit and we went and got some inspiration. I love the movement and emotion ballet has, but I wasn’t sure I could give it justice.
After playing with some ballerinas, I decided to veer off from the traditional ballerina look. I would LOVE to be a dancer, but the only time I dance is when I am home by myself. Fortunately for me, my husband is gone on a trip so I have had time to break free a little bit and dance badly without anyone seeing me. This sparked my idea of having a retro domestic house wife dancing. My band I titled the “Red Lip Killers” based on my kill your darlings experience. In the end, I ended up using a piece of all my ideas: faces, dancing, and records.