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Hairspray

Musical 2013-Hairspray

I recently completed this poster for Waubonsie’s spring musical.  The challenge was to pay homage to the original broadway poster without totally plagiarizing it.  So, I began with a pencil sketch of girl and title lettering, then scanned it and built a vector graphic.  I must give kudos to my student, Brett, who did most of the grunt work, creating the vector version over top of my drawing.  We worked together with our “art director,” aka the theater director, to figure out the rest of the layout.  At one point we had 4 artboards going in Adobe Illustrator.  The nice thing about that program is that once you’ve created your vector graphic, it’s simply a matter of drag, drop, click, to change colors and rearrange the layout.  It was a busy poster (more text than usual to incorporate), but we simplified as much as possible and are happy with the result.

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It’s been a while since my last post.  Though I haven’t had a chance to sit down with my watercolors recently, I have been doing a little of this and that at work.  All of the images in today’s post are jobs I was asked to do for the school where I teach.  The above logo was created in Adobe Illustrator – a vector graphic program that works mostly with flat color or gradient shapes to make images that can be recreated at any size without becoming pixellated (blurry)…anyway, that is the best way I can describe it in layman’s terms.  The school needed a logo that would read well in black & white or full color.  They wanted something with clean lines that would appeal to students age 14-15 since this image will be the letterhead and logo for our freshman career-fair.  The warrior design is a simplified version of our school mascot.  Movement within the arrows signifies never standing still but moving toward future goals.

These two images are the front and back of a shirt design for testing week at school.  My administrator wanted to play off of characters from Jersey Shore (a show that I’m glad to say I’ve never seen).  While this was drawn in Photoshop, I approached it the same way I would an ink drawing: playing with line width, black massed areas, and a loose caricature style.  The bounding box on the back of the shirt mimics the show’s title logo.

On the home front, I am in the middle of an oil painting portrait and will post that upon completion.