The job was to create and design a gig poster for a band you create. This project really stretched my creativity and allowed me to do illustrations that I wouldn’t normally do or think of. My objective for this project is to create simple poster that sends a message.
I first started out by coming up with a band name. So what did I do? I found a band name generator on the internet to see what it could come up with. A lot of the times this band name generator would just mash 2 or 3 random words together (which how most bands get there name right?) but it actually came up with some good titles that I really liked. One that caught my name was offshore dweller. I liked the name but wanted to make it more simple so I just went with the name Offshore.
Now that I got my name I can start sketching. I honestly had no idea where this poster was going to go but I knew that I wanted to make it different and interesting. I wanted this poster to have the essence of what music Offshore would play. I picture Offshore playing music that is natural yet unpredictable which is where I started off my sketches. Mountains and trees are both natural and unpredictable yet that didn’t really relate to what I thought Offshore would be. And from there things started to get a little strange.
After sketching I took some of the ideas and ran with them. I really fell in love with the idea of an old school scuba mask and so I stuck with that. I thought about making the scuba mask into the moon with some water and rocks below it but realized I didn’t really like the way it was turning out so I scratched that idea.
I realized that I needed to make my poster relatable to my target audience. So I decided to put the scuba mask onto a person wearing a normal old t-shirt. And this is where I really started to like how my poster was turning out. I added the band name and uploaded the version below to slack. I got a lot of comments that the band name was really hard to read so that I should change the font.
After some more critique from my classmates and teacher I changed the font that I was using to make it more legible and also go rid of the background that I had. I added the date and place that my band would be playing to really make it a real gig poster.
I accomplished my objective by making this poster simple with the color scheme and illustrations and by making the poster to have a message. The message of this poster will depends on how you see it and will vary from person to person. So, what does this poster say to you?