Friday, February 22, 2008

The Black Heart Procession and Artistic License



This poster for The Black Heart Procession was illustrated on the floor of my mother-in-law's Berkeley house. Noting the bands rather dark leanings and thus using various funereal ephemera, I based the illustration on a 1920s burial announcement.

This was my first concert poster for a big-name band. Concert posters are perhaps my favorite illustration project as I usually have full artistic license. Artists themselves, band members tend to trust my vision of their music and allow for complete creative autonomy. Developing my own themes, fonts and color schemes provides the spark to develop a piece that is truly unique yet maintains the band's musical energy.

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4 comments:

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

When I was in college I moved into a house with five other people. I didn't know any of them. The first thing one of the girls said to me was "I really want an old fashioned funeral procession tattooed on my arm". She had recently overcome cancer and was facing her mortality, I think. Anyway, she would have loved your poster. I love it, too.

LeaKarts said...

I love how dark that poster is, what a fantastic project!

tangobaby said...

I love this poster! I can imagine that working with a band would be a unique and exciting challenge.

lauren bacchus said...

This is sooo cool! I love the poster and it makes me think of my younger years...

I used to go to Black Heart Procession shows in San Diego....

Memories!