Usually when I make a poster for an event I use a central image with text around it. I wanted to do something different with my poster designs for the new YEA workshops so that they would stand out but still be recognisable as my own work. For this project I was also able to use colour which is new for me as with my previous posters I have mostly had to keep printing costs as low as possible and that has meant working in black and white.
A pattern on the theme of “reporting on arts and culture”.
A pattern on the theme of mobile photography.
A pattern on the theme of creative writing.
I decided to try using pattern design to create simple but colourful backgrounds for the new posters. Each pattern is based on the workshop theme it is promoting. Here from left to right are the themes:
1 Writing/Reporting on Art and Culture – For this I have used illustrations of an old style microphone alongside a notepad and pen, with small speech bubbles.
2 Mobile Photography – Here I have used illustrations of an old clamshell type phone next to polaroid style photographs and small modern mobile phones.
3 Creative Writing – In this one I have drawn bottles of ink and a dip pen alongside an old book (The NeverEnding Story! that is the Auryn on the cover) and a castle in a cloud.
I have tried to use a colour scheme that is smooth and pretty and my goal is for all six of the posters (I have three left to do) to fit together nicely as a set. The patterns above are all in test colour schemes, the posters themselves are below. I’m really enjoying making patterns and I think my work would look really good on retro Summer/skater dresses and skirts. I wrote about how I made my patterns in Photoshop here.
Poster #1 in a series of six, promoting arts workshops for young people.
Poster #2 in a series of six, promoting arts workshops for young people.
Poster #3 in a series of six, promoting arts workshops for young people.
I have also been trying different lettering styles for the titles of the workshops on the posters. From left to right:
1 Art Writing – this is inspired by the header of The New Yorker and the tv show Stranger Things. The New Yorker is famous for its editorial cover illustrations and the Stranger Things title is inspired by the covers of old Stephen King horror novels.
2 Mobile Photography – this style is inspired by retro-futuristic typefaces used in 60’s tv shows and films set in the future.
3 Creative Writing – this style is inspired by curly storybook writing, I wanted to give the impression of an old fairy tale.
I used the internet and the book Hand Lettering by Thy Doan Graves for research and inspiration in lettering, but I am really looking forward to learning more about lettering in our January workshop!