April Bootcamp Assignment - The Process and The Poster

It's been a couple months since I've mentioned Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp class that I started back in January. We had the month of March off so in April I was back at it. The first Monday of the month we got our mini which was to hand letter the words: "The Global Art Gathering." I admit I was paralyzed. I'm not exactly a letterer. I had absolutely no idea where to go with that.

Our main assignment the next week was to create a poster using, if we wanted, our hand lettering for the event "The Global Art Gathering." This is an actual event happening in Brighton, UK. Now, you would think as a graphic designer this would be a total piece of cake but again, I didn't really have any inspiration. The assignment also turned into a design contest. They were going to pick one poster as winner to be used to advertise the event. Design contests and "spec work" usually leave me with a very bad taste in my mouth. They generally are not a good idea for an artist to enter. They tend to devalue art and can be kind of icky. This "contest" prompted a very interesting discussion in our private facebook group and a lot of our concerns for this particular contest were cleared up by Lilla Rogers herself. After reading her statement I felt like her reasons were genuine (that we had an assignment this month anyway, she was trying to make it even more fun and motivating) and we weren't being taken advantage of. 

Since I love seeing the process behind other artists designs, I thought I'd post some of the quick thumbnails I sketched as poster ideas...

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I ended up designing the poster below. I'm happy with how it turned out but I do wish I had been able to spend more time on it. This was designed in Illustrator.

And here is my final poster.

And here is my final poster.

If you'd like to see the gallery with all the other posters you can check it out here. The work is just amazing!!

Also, I'd like to say WELCOME to my new blog followers. I hope you like it here! If you want, leave me a comment about some things you'd like to see me paint! :)