Steam engines: they are loud, messy, and for most children, get the heart racing.
I was one of those children. This poster features one of the most influential steam engines of all time, the Pennsylvania T1, designed by the famous, Raymond Loewy
. The poster featured below is based on a piece I designed and illustrated as part of a graphic design history course while attending the Art Institute. For the project students were to choose a designer of the art deco period and emulate the designers style in an original work. My chosen designer, and long time design inspiration, was Adolphe Cassandre
Both the original and final poster designs follow Cassandre's use of gradients and a abstract detailing. The layout for these pieces are based on Cassandre's famed Normandi poster. The type, "Triumphs in Technology" was hand shaded using opacity masks in Illustrator. A majority of the color gradients on the locomotive itself were applied via color mesh tool. On the bottom two corners of the image, the rails of the track break out of the frame of the design, breaking up the white border that wraps around the rest of the piece and thus serving the purpose of pulling the viewer back into the piece.