I created a gig poster for a fake band called, “Redwood Sky.” The motivation came from the photo I took on the right. It’s a camp in the middle of the redwoods along the coast of Northern California.
From that motivation I thought of my favorite cartoon movie, “The Iron Giant.” So I let the ideas roll out from there as I sketched it all down.
Before getting started I thought of the style I was going for. I really like flat design, but I wanted it to look like a paper cut out. So I used geometric shapes, inserted textures, and applied a gradient to give some change of color value in each shape.
Eventually, I did away with the gradients, so that I could simplify it more. However, as you can tell with the next version, I got a littel crazy with the textures.
After simplifying it I had to refocus on the composition of the design. I had this idea of all the different elements I wanted to include, but I wasn’t sure how to place it all there.
To solve this issue I added some more variation in the trees and increased the size of the moon. From there I was able to better frame it all together.
Up next was the robot and that took a little more effort than I anticipated. I had to have the limbs wrap around the tree so in theory on shape would have to be behind and in front of the tree. I had to split up shapes in order to get it just right.
Without fail, I forget that the process of design has several steps. From all the elements I wanted to include in this gig poster, I eliminated several ideas to simplify and bring it all together. So lesson learned, limitations are a thing, but the sky is the limit. Both work together, because once I’ve figured our how to beat the limits, I can move forward in the right direction.
As a visual communication student at BYU-Idaho I use that passion in other mediums, besides photography, such as design,web design, and social media marketing
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