I just finished up a poster for Not You Grandma's Poetry for their upcoming Poetry in the Raw 5: The Best of Poetry in the Raw.
Poetry in the Raw is an annual night of spoken word where poets preform, as they said in the Garden of Eden, "sans fig leaf."
Thumbnail concepts. Blue pencil and ink on bond. Various sizes.
The client wanted a clean, simple poster that enticed with intelligence rather then sexiness. We both agreed that the gist of the poster was literary rather then simply burlesque.
We settled on the second to last thumb, the concept of the female form emerging from a husk.
Rough sketch. Col-erase pencil on bond. Approx. 2 x3.6"
Refined sketch. Col-erase pencil on bond. 8.5 x 11"
While working the thumbnail up into a rough sketch I felt the husk idea created a cluttered composition and moved away from the simplicity the client had specified in our initial meeting.
I took the pose from the thumbnail and positioned the figure emerging from a pool fading into the negative space of the background. The challenge then became how to visually represent the spoken word with out resorting to the written word. I went with a "word" balloon filled with an organic filigree.
Blue pencil on Rives BFK, 22" x 30"
I drew the final drawing at a large scale and un-cropped in case I wanted to play around with the composition.
Photoshop CS5, 22"x30," 400dpi.
I wanted the contents of the balloon to represent the emotion contained in performed poetry rather then simply the written word. I also liked how the filigree had a visceral, internal organ or fleshy tongue feel. Like she's really "spilling her guts." I like finding a balance between the compelling and the repelling in my work.
Final poster composition. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS5. 11 x 17"
Metropol asked me to design an image for the light box in the window of their print shop at the dazzling Atrium building. After pulling a much appreciated all-nighter, Steve Webb got the giant-sized print up and it looks great!
Stop by their shop at 1311 Blanchard Street and have a gander, then order some new business cards or a glorious poster.
Prints are available there as well!
Here's a bit of process:
Sketch. Blue Col-erase pencil on Strathmore tracing paper. ~19"x27"
This piece started out as a large, random, warm-up doodle on a large piece of tracing paper I had on my drafting table. After playing around with it I stumbled on the coincidence that swallow tail butterflies have a natural CMYK(ish) colouring. Perfect for a digital print shop poster!
Pencils. Graphite on Rives BFK, 20"x26"
My scanner had a brain fart and created an odd stepped patern. After a stern talking to it sorted itself out.
Final colours. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator with acrylic and watercolour textures.
I originally did a 3 diminutional text treatment of metropol's CMYK logo but Steve wanted to keep Metropol's branding consistent so we decided to remove it and replace it with their 'M' logo in the top corner (not shown).
And here it is up and shining at the Atrium!
Prints available at Metropol, 1311 Blanchard Street, Victoria BC
Skyler Luke Punnett is an illustrator and graphic artist working in Vancouver, BC. His work is heavily influenced by the landscapes and flora and fauna of British Columbia as well as a deep appreciation of the inner world of ideas, emotions and dreams. Skyler earned a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and now works as a freelance illustrator. His work has been featured on posters for the Olympic slam poet Shane Koyczan, album covers for Tons of Fun University and in the CARDED! show.