It’s that time, again… Time for me to pull my head up out of the sand trap that is my blindingly suffocating work schedule and get together with some friends and family to make a little music. This Saturday, I’ll be joining my cousin and his band, Dogs @ Lunch, at the Cadillac Ranch in Nashville, GA to play a gig along side a new local favorite, Aphelion.
To commemorate the occasion, a poster was requested of me, per usual. Since I haven’t had the pleasure of taking time out to design for about a month, now, I devoted most of my one day off this month to forming the poster, above. The D@L portion is designed with the same style in mind as the first poster, though, I had a little bit more painting experience to draw from, this time around. Also, if you didn’t notice, I totally used the popular video game character, Okami, as a model.
The Cadillac in the background is not too obvious, but that’s because I don’t really care for it, much. I needed something to fill up the poster as well as something that graphically represents the venue. I couldn’t think of anything better than an old ‘75 Cadillac Eldorado sporting some steer horns (think Twins), but I can’t help feeling that it just doesn’t fit the poster, layout-wise.
The portion of the poster that took the most time, both conceptually and manually, was the Aphelion portion. The word “Aphelion” refers to the point in a satellite’s orbit when it’s farthest from its object of gravitational force … so, yeah … come up with an idea for that without using something as obvious as circles. What I eventually settled on was using the “-helion” part of the word, which refers to the Greek sun god, known preRomanly, as Helios. I wanted a classic look, so I referred to some engravings of biblical events and figures. Of course, I settled on mimicking Gustave Doré, using his Moses Coming Down from Mount Sinai as the specific model to represent Helios. I’m not displeased with how it turned out, but wish I had more time to spend more accurately recreating the original score patterns. In any case, the band thinks it’s cool. Below, are a couple screen captures I took while resting my wrist from retracing the etching.