Concert poster design

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    Nov 22, 2009 8:54 AM GMT
    I'm a professional artist and often when I'm not painting I'll do some graphic design work for easy money. I've started getting into the habit of designing concert posters and then sending them to the artists. Sometimes they use them, which is always cool.

    Anyway, I've been working on one for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour and I'm interested in what everyone else has to say about it...so please give me some feedback. Lady Gaga is the highest profile artist I've ever done this for and it could be highly lucrative for my portfolio, so please be completely honest in any critiques.

    Here is the poster:
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  • creature

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    Nov 22, 2009 2:39 PM GMT
    That's awesome! What are some of the other posters you have done? Can we see them?

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    I don't know what other kind of feedback to offer besides compliments. I think it was a great idea to incorporate her name into that bolt of lightning that she is sometimes depicted with. And at first I was confused as to why "January 2010 Radio City" was shaped the way it is, but now I see that it forms the lips. The "J" in January almost looks like an "x."

    If I had a suggestion, and I'm no artist, it would be to blend the "J" in January with the "R" in Radio, just as you do with the "1" in 2010" with the "Y" in city, and also like you did with the "Y" in Lady and the "A" in Gaga.

    Is it possible to make the back leg of the "R" curve, like a J's curve, and that way you only need to add an intersecting line to make it a J? If not that's fine, because the poster really is good as is.
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    Nov 22, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    Excellent graphic as a design, not so sure as an advertisement. Your "product" must always be prominent, easy to see and jump out at you with a momentary eye-glance, in this case being Lady Gaga. Visually it took me more than a second to really "read" her name.

    BTW, is she actually going to be at Radio City Music Hall? My favorite place in the whole world, ever since I first went there in 1954. It's my idea of how Heaven should look, all Art Deco. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 22, 2009 3:42 PM GMT
    I think it looks great, many people overlook poster art without realizing how cool it really is.

    In Detroit I've been to art galleries featuring poster art by Mark Arminski, he started in the business by doing posters for local detroit bands back in the day and went on to do works for many national tours and still designs CD cover art for many bands.
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    Nov 22, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    Disclaimer:: I'm generally an evil asshole when it comes to critiques - only because thats how i expect other ppl to crit me. I find ppl usually give too many compliments and i hate NOTHING more than "ooh thats awesome i love it!" ... that doesn't help at all. So, in an attempt to point out only my opinions of potential flaws with things to try to further develop a work of art into something better, here is my hopefully compliment-free and bitch-ridden critique.


    *DEEP BREATH*

    First thing i noticed was how Central everything is, and every creative fiber in me yelled Uncle. I'm more of an artist and NOT, by any means, a graphic designer so speaking in SOLELY artistic terms - I don't like the centrality and linear-ness of it all. This is lady GAGA. there is NOTHING linear/central/normal about her and i think a poster should reflect that. I adore the elements that make up the various bits - but then i have problems with some of the specifics. The text looks like some basic Adobe font even though it was treated very nicely. I question the nostrils slightly, and think that either something should be added to make the face a LITTLE more obvious _OR_ remove them altogether?... okay actually now thinking about what i said earlier about centrality - now that i SEE the face i can tell it's obviously not central at all - i really like it. Maybe a slight emphasis on that face... Ooh i know what it is! the top object with the eye->LadyGaga morphed thing... that LOOKS like an object apart from the lips and both of those are just set up at cross angles down the exact same vertical central-point - thus, it appeared horribly central when i first saw it.

    So i say you should either tilt the entire "face-object" slightly so it's a LITTLE bit more upright - maybe only so that instead of being 135-degrees off the top-left corner make it about 110?

    Now the ARTIST in me says this is too flat. But this is a poster and that's what posters are supposed to be, right? i dunno lol i'm dying to see some "space" in it all but that wouldn't work - i just had to point it out O.o

    And my last bit of advice - the "goop" dripping off of Madam Gaga's lips there - it's too unattached - bring it to the foreground and maybe splatter a bit of it on her lips or the teeth?


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    GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK!!! I hope this works out for you icon_smile.gif Great Work icon_smile.gif (lets see some of your other stuff!)
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    Nov 22, 2009 4:13 PM GMT

    GREAT poster! And yes, you too, OP (as in original 'poster', lol)
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    Nov 22, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    Pretty, but it takes time to understand what it really is for. If I saw a poster like that I probably wouldn't spend the time to figure out what it was for, and miss out on the concert. You really need to put up front and center in big bold text. Not overly creative, but you want to sell tickets.

    LADY GAGA
    JANUARY 2010
    MONSTER BALL
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    Nov 22, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Well thank God Cobalt wasn't the one to decide if Picaso was ever going to make it, eh?


    As to the art/poster shown above: Bravo!
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    Nov 22, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    Could you form the Lady Gaga text into her hair? I agree with Cobalt...something is missing that makes the facial part stand out...especially the nose.
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    Nov 22, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    i really like the idea of this image, but i think lady gaga would want it to be simplified even more, whether it be taking out the background text, or just removing the splatter affect. i think the eye catching part of this poster is the splatter in red, where the emphasis should be more on the text in the bolt and lips. this is a really fun idea!

    i am not so sure she wants to revisit the blood image of herself. yes, she did it once at the VMA's, and it was powerful, but i don't know if she wants to keep putting images of herself out their with blood.

    in conclusion, maybe see what it is like without the blood, and try cropping in or making the black text larger... the great thing with computer art is you can play around and you still won't mess up the image. thank goodness for the undo button!
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    Nov 22, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    I love it.
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    Nov 22, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
    I'm a graphic designer myself. I'm impressed that you've become proactive in pushing your work to potential clients. This is very smart but I think it's also very important to put your best foot forward because your work sets a reputation. This is why critiques are so vital to us.

    I have a question for you.

    What were you thinking? (I don't mean that as a snide remark). In other words, what was the concept? The thing that separates design from fine art is there has to be a solution to a problem when you're approaching design. That's the number one rule. So, before I can offer feedback I need to know what the problem was and how you went about providing a solution.

    Feel free to email me privately if you like.

  • sumdude

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    Nov 22, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    That's a very cool poster mister - most people have forgotten what the art of the poster entails and try to make a bad oversized piece of print advertising (making it look like it was made in America ;) )
    So yeah - um you got a portie page sumwhere - we're always looking to find new illustrators and the like - I'd dig to see other examples of your work.

    Shh don't tell anyone, but I write adverts for a living.
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    Nov 22, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I actually like it a lot because it got my attention to the poster and take the time to actually analyze it.
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    Nov 22, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone so much for the input. It's really helping me to come at it a bit more abstractly. The name of her new tour is "The Monster Ball" so I wanted to incorporate that sort of creepiness without taking away from the sexiness of Lady Gaga. That was why I went with a blood splatter theme. I can post simpler version without any of the background writing. I just feel it lacks that "umph" that distinguishes Lady Gaga from other pop stars. There is also a small detail that you can't really notice until you see it blown up. For instance, her iris is the New York skyline.
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    I started out doing concert posters for classic concerts. Here's one I did for Madonna 1985 Virgin Tour:
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    Nov 22, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    theantijock saidAs to face proportions: isn't her's more roundy? (minus the illusion of elongation produced when she features long str8 hair). Is her eye to high?


    Well, I'm pretty sure I got the proportions of her face right. I actually measured the distance of all her features from a photograph before I began laying the poster design out. She has odd features, but she uses really heavy eye makeup to compensate for them.
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    Nov 22, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    Oooh O.o I really like that second one! - the the opposing lines are nice. Maybe 'cutout' "Monsterball" (or some other design) into those stripes? (Leaving the whites alone)

    The size also makes it easier to see (the face is a bit bigger i think? that or just the image is) and i really like that. I think incorporating the two designs a wee bit could get a really nice finished product - Bravo icon_smile.gif


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    StudlyScrewRite said Well thank God Cobalt wasn't the one to decide if Picaso was ever going to make it, eh?


    As to the art/poster shown above: Bravo!


    ROFL icon_razz.gif Yea cause Picasso "made it" because of everyone just loved his work right? icon_rolleyes.gif Go take a history lesson pumpkin
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    Nov 22, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Ok, so I backed away from the blood idea and watched a few interviews she did. She mentions how much she loves sunglasses in almost every one I watched, so I incorporated sunglasses into the poster. What does everyone think of the change? Should I go back to the original or keep going with this new idea?



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    Nov 22, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    It was fine to start with abm1985!

    As a writer I can say that sometimes in trying to please everyone you end up pleasing none.

    Question for you...'Monster Ball'.... is Ms Gaga going to incorporate a Halloween theme or is monster just referring to giant sized?


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    Nov 22, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    i like the new one more.
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    Nov 22, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Question for you...'Monster Ball'.... is Ms Gaga going to incorporate a Halloween theme or is monster just referring to giant sized?


    I believe it's meant as both, actually. In her newest videos she seems to focus on a sort of horror theme.
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    Nov 22, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    It reminds one of the 'awesome' 80's with the large eye and lips in the forefront. I think you went a little light in the red layering as the word word 'ball' is barely discernible, however it would work on a darker, contrasting background.

    I don't know much about lady gaga, but I do know visual arts.
    the blood at the edge of the lips suggests a goth theme that may send the wrong message to a perspective concert goer. icon_smile.gif

    In all, the msg is quite alive and your graphics are really in your face.

    I personally favor such explosive use of form.

    I give it a B+ icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 22, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    Then I'd send both, in the red and the green, in fact even come up with a third and give the lady choices.

    In fact...say...did you ever see that old B picture, attack of the 50 foot woman? That could work with a giant lady Gaga reaching down in to audience or something like that (hey I'm no artist in that sense)

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    Nov 22, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    I like the new version. I do agree with the earlier poster about the J in January being hard to make out, but I think by adding the info in the lower corner that's not as important. You may want to throw a hairline shadow on the corner text though, to make it a bit easier to read. It may just be my monitor but I found the red sharper and had more punch than the green (although green is my favorite colour). Does the splatter/spritz by the corner of the mouth add anything or did you leave it because you had something there in the earlier versions? I don't think it adds anything, but that's just me.
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    Nov 22, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    The posters are stunning. But for me I am missing the "Lady Gaga" look. She is designed right out of the poster for me. And it took too long for me figure out what the poster was about. I finally saw her face in there. I would have to be sitting somewhere staring at this to get it...and that would rarely happen.

    I like the second one better. But I would add the text at the bottom back in so the info could be read clearly once the viewer was hooked by the poster.

    Isnt she noted for her outlandish costumes. Shouldnt that be played up in a poster?

    GREAT THREAD, BTW. WHAT A RELIEF FROM MOST ON HERE!!!!