This is my attempt at making a EDM/Electronic happy times music Gig Poster. This was an assignment for my Vector Graphics class, and it was a lot of fun. We had to make up a band/music artist and set up a poster that communicated the mood of their music. I mostly listen to people like Porter Robinson, Madeon, and other Electronic Music people, so I chose to base my poster off of that. Most of the music that I listen to has a very creative vibe that inspires a sense of wonder, but the actual emotion of the music varies a lot. I tried to convey this by keeping it very bright and cartoony, but also using a bunch of different expressions for the lil ghosts in the poster. Let's take a quick gander at my process!
I started out by just listening to music and sketching whatever came to my mind. Perhaps because I love drawing so much, this ended up becoming a really fun little doodle session! This really helped me get the feel that I wanted in my poster, and also helped inspire the ghost theme that I would go with later on. These sketches were really neat, but I needed a way of bringing them together for the poster.
I don't know why this puppy came out sideways, but thats okay. My doodles reminded me of something that I made about a year ago. I searched my sketchbooks, and finally I found it! The ghost picture that would serve as the base for my poster. I drew this by hand and inked it with a crappy brush pen, then colored it with an even crappier watercolor set. I liked how the colors faded into each other, but since I was designing the poster in Adobe Illustrator I decided to forego the gradient, and just color each of the ghosts individually. Gradients can very easily become distracting, so I wanted to avoid them all together.
Here is my draft. I made myself a nice little color palate to grab from when working in Illustrator. I did this using the "blend by steps" dealio, and made two blends, one from green to blue, and one from blue to purple. I then made my fill and outline swatches and repeated them so that they would be close together when I was zoomed in. After that set up making the individual ghosts was pretty easy. Each one took about ten minutes to make, so it did take a while, but it was a lot of fun playing around with their expressions!
In order to make it a little more clear what music genera this was for, I made one of my little ghosts a DJ. This is pretty subtle, but I think it helps. After finishing up my ghosts I added the face of the big guy and then the text. It isn't anything special, but I think the simplicity matches the poster's style. After that I added a light texture to make it look a little less stark, and changed the background to match a little better. The background is just a darker, less saturated version of the outline color. And that is it! I am pretty happy with the way this turned out, so I hope you are too!