Moe. Concert Poster
18x24" Illustration made for Moe.'s shows at the Stanley Theatre in Utica, New-York.
In this illustration, I wanted to revisit with a crazy colorful approach the Stanley Theatre. I kept the traditional american architecture of the place and added a couple of new buildings. The gold metal gives a little bit of Jules Vernes/steampunk vibe which I love.
6 colors screenprint including 2 metallic golds.
Limited to 50 copies, signed and numbered.
Screenprinted by Ink Lounge in Denver, USA.
Size : 18×24″ - 45,7x61cm
Here's the full process of the illustration.
I never have a complete idea of the drawing in my mind when I start the line art (inking part equivalent). It's more an empiric process, I try to make the composition works all along. I started with the base of the drawing, the theater ("theatre" is actually the correct name of the place) and rethink the place around.
On the left here's the first sketch I did but it was refused because it had too much this asian street feeling in the drawing. So I direclty change the first draft for something totally different.
I almost use the same brush thickness in Photoshop. If something is important or closer I basically double the line. I didn't put so much "full black parts" for shadows as the blue was already quite intense.
To bring a bit of variety and change the flow of the drawing I use halftones. Which can also be use for shadows and textures. The "marble" brush was something new I wanted to experiment.
As main colors, the blue is oppositing the red. These two had too much dynamic, a third one was needed so I brought a brownish pale grey. The gold color was interesting in the equation but was a little bit too strong too, and sometimes a little bit confusing with the black line art so I added a lighter gold to add more variety and to make it understandable/readable. Also, adding a lighter gold was a good way to add reflections and make the volume feel.
When I'm limited with colors (6 is already a lot) I use patterns, hatching and halftones to change shadows and density's parts of the drawing.