improv is hard.
It is not at all like designing a poster for an improv show. Designing a poster, I can go through iteration after iteration until I'm perfectly happy with everything. With the space between the letters, with the shading on a helmet, with
Improv, on the other hand, is about as far from design as it gets in my mind. You get one try, and if it makes no sense, it makes no sense, and you have to move on. That's why I'm not in an improv group. I'm in a sketch comedy group, appropriately called Sketchup. We put on semesterly (rehearsed) performances, but every spring, we pair up with UMD's all-improv group to put on a show together.
and that's where I came in.
Or rather, that's when I volunteered to do the poster. Why? There's a poster every year, we needed one to promote the show, and I like making posters. So, after 'Inc and Sketchup End the World' won our show-title-vote,
i got to work.
My original idea wasn't even close to the finished product:
We were going to have south campus diner on fire, with illustrations of members of Inc and Sketchup running out, torches and pitchforks in hand. But after several unsuccessful tries with this idea, I gave up and
My second idea took the concept of Inc and Sketchup ending the world more literally.
I wanted to find some way to represent that this comedy-group-induced apocalypse was a joint effort between Inc and Sketchup, so I decided on two astronauts hitting a 'doomsday button' at the same time. To further the metaphor, I labeled one astronaut with Sketchup's logo, and the other with Inc's.
I did this part of the process in Illustrator. Then, I moved into Photoshop to
give it some color.
I prefer Photoshop for coloring because it's easier to select specific areas while avoiding others. I also find shading in Photoshop to be more intuitive. I added some text and, voilà, a finished poster was born.
From there, I used the poster to create a
facebook event photo.
It was simple. I cropped the poster, took a snippet from the space background, enlarged and faded it, and added the same informational text (in the same font, to keep it consistent across platforms).