This show poster harkens to the glorious, now legendary time when I was booking live shows in Blacksburg and Roanoke, VA. Ooah of the Glitch Mob was the semester wrap party and I created this poster to commemorate our final show of the semester.
The artwork itself was crafted in essentially three parts. I drafted the foreground in pen and ink and added color via premium Prisma-tone markers. These are amazing markers that allow one to blend various shades to get a smooth color transition. The mushroom huts were inspired by Roger Dean’s album cover work in the early seventies. I grew up staring long hours at his album cover work for the band Yes.
Once I completed the foreground, I found a suitable sky/cloud photo from a stock photo site and tweaked out the colors. I was looking for something dreary with thick stratocumulus cloud cover. I placed the background graphic and then pen tooled the flying, black, gargoyle-looking arial crafts coming through the clouds. The overall feel I was going for was one of impending doom, for the sole purpose that Ooah was our last show and ultimately one of the last ever events at the Lantern before it closed for good.
The show raged epic that night. DJ RahBee and Savoy crushed the opening slots. One for the books. Ooah really enjoyed the artwork and I had him sign several copies for the archive.
This piece was created as 6 different inked and scanned images. At that time, I was heavily utilizing the Prisma-tone marker collection because I love the vibrance of the colors and these particular markers allow you to blend tones so it has a buttery transition on heavy stock. I did little to boost the colors in Photoshop. Each Klown is based on a different member of the band with the tour manager piloting the lofty hot rod.
The band loved the graphic due to being fans of the movie. We had to publish 2 runs of the poster because people kept taking them off the bulletin boards around Virginia Tech campus – though pesky, it’s one of the truest compliments I suppose.