THIS was fun. Minimal restrictions was so freeing. I feel like I better understand the creative process so having less restrictions was refreshing and not overwhelming.
The goal was create a gig poster for any fictional band or musician. A lot of the example I was looking at portrayed heavy metal or punk music and I wanted to go a different route. I wanted to create a poster for a gig I would actually attend and I am not a heavy metal kind of girl. During the sketching phase I decided I wanted to go for a “girl put your records on” type of gig. I call this folkie soul music so that is what I tried to portray.
I turned on Corrine Bailey Rae, closed my eyes and tried to clear my mind and see what that type of music made me visualize. I thought of a big oak tree with a girl with an afro having a picnic underneath the tree. Or maybe an old school teal bike with the same girl riding down a country road. I then started sketching some new ideas and this is when the oak afro came to me. I sketched a big oak tree and then a profile of a girl with an afro. And BOOM the combination was born.
Then I took it into illustrator not really knowing what angle I was going for. In my mind and on paper I was still seeing a side profile of an afro but I quickly realized the side profile wasn’t going to look very much like an oak tree.
I started trying to do something more realistic, like this:
Yeah, didn’t love that, at all. Plus gradients weren’t allowed so I scratched the realistic skin idea. My next draft looked like this:
I liked my color scheme and the typography but the tree still didn’t look just right. After some critique and looking at oak trees I found a better shape for my tree:
TADA! I added a wood background that was image traced in illustrator to add to the tree feel. (The wood texture was downloaded off of Max Pixel which is labelled for reuse with modification)
I am really happy with how it turned out.