My submission for Talent House’s Design a Poster for Lindsey Stirling contest. If you like, please take a moment to vote for me in the contest!
Doing this poster was nerve racking but liberating! Most music posters are very graphic, which can be difficult for illustrators, but I’m a huge fan of Lindsey’s and in the spirit of her album’s theme I felt compelled to break out of my comfort zone. For over ten years there was a person in my life who was very good at graphic design, but they were unconstructive and constantly discouraged me from trying to experiment or learn design. That person is no longer in my life, but they sucked so much confidence and energy out of me for so long that I still grow apprehensive whenever I work with text.
To get past the fear I played both of Lindsey’s albums while working,
though that’s pretty much the usual. I see her music as a marriage of classic and current, so I looked to historical posters to get started. I found inspiration in René Gruau and Wes Wilson’s work, and Lindsey’s ballerina character reminded me of Degas’ impressionist, imperfect dancers. The resulting poster is a mash of all those things, with Union Jack colors colours for London. The ring on her finger is a detail directly from the Shatter Me video too. My goal was to keep it painterly while working digitally, to combine past and present visually the way Lindsey does musically.
Anyway, thanks a bunch for reading and looking! You can give up to two votes using Facebook and Twitter, and Tumblr reblogs to help spread the word are much appreciated. Voting ends on September 20th!