Poems for an Empty Church Book Release Poster
Release Reading and Party Poster
I wanted to see how quickly I could make a poster that was fun and interesting. I had a good idea in my head. One that I stole from a poster dotzerodesign made for a Scott Poole poetry reading in Portland, OR. (You can see the poster here: http://www.livewireradio.org/blog/speak-easy-scott-poole. It's on the right.) I'm fine with stealing this idea because they stole the idea from Monty Python.
Here's the final poster. I'll tell you I came to it below.
So that's ok. Prior to the logos, I made that in about an hour. That includes time looking for the background image and the wine bottle. The wine bottle was a good find, but I had to do some work to remove the wine glass. Half of that wine was obscured by a wine glass. The better fine was the background image of the sky opening as if Moses or God was parting the sky for my book to fall through. As if god was pouring me wine with one hand and delivering my book with the other hand.
The head was fun to make. First, I got out my tripod and took some pictures of me with my mouth open. When I took a worthwhile photo, I went into Photoshop and split my head. Ouch. Then I used a filter to make it more comical. A real head would have been scary. I used the cutout filter and then messed around. Then I created some teeth, and there's the head with teeth. So there's draft one. One hour of time. One and half with the logos and getting the section just so.
Then my girlfriend thought, "You should make a pez head." 
"That's fine idea I thought, but there's not enough neck." But I was mistaken. Look below.
So I made this long neck out of about the 1/8-of-an-inch neck that you see in the top poster. Yeah. An 1/8 of an inch. That's why the head was on the bottom. Cuz there wasn't any neck. So I got out the rectangle tool and copied the bottom part. Then copied again. Then merged the layers and copied that. And merged and copied, etc. But then the neck was at a slant. It started from where the chin was and went to underneath my head. Ouch, again. So then I rotated that until it was straight. And then used the paint tool to fix up some the colors. The beard shadow was all over. I think it looks natural now. And then I rotated the poster 90 degrees clockwise, pulled out the block eraser, made a straight neck in the back, and rotated it back. (It's easier to erase horizontally than vertically, I think.) So that's that.
But what of the bottle. The bottle had a similar problem as the head. It was only so long. That's why it was on the edge. So I had to make that bigger. Not as easy as you think. Look at the top poster. There's only a sliver or so of glass on that bottle. The rest is the wrapper. Yea, so I had to recreate glass and the reflection on the top of the bottle. The glass doesn't show up so well in this small version, but it's there. So all of that took another hour or hour-and-a-half. And now I have another cheesy Tom Holmes poster. Yay

To read more about the reading or to download a the actual 11" x 8.5" PDF, go here:
 http://thelinebreak.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/poems-for-an-empty-church-book-release/

The book was officially released on September 2, 2011, from Palettes & Quills Press (). 
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Publicity poster for Tom Holmes poetry book release reading and party for _Poems for an Empty Church_.
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