Tell me about it Jetski. I duno why but some artists are unexplainably tough to do a poster for. Neko is one for me. She's so badass you don't want to half ass it. Where a legend like Willie Nelson I should be tight as hell about but the posters for him were a breeze to conceptualize and pull off.
I just finished it but I hain't happy with it. I'll post it in a few days unless I do a different one.
DAMN YOU HAMPTON! I'm working on a Neko poster right now and trying to come up with someting worthy. Deep Red Bells is one of my favorite songs and that's the best line. Back to the drawering board! You'll get yours when I see you in Seattle smart guy!
hampton* appologies if i made it seem like you spent 'too much time' on the research....just the opposite. i admire/envy/aspire to that to no end.....
bottom line mate....if it works for you than...let it rock.
Scrojo* I kinda hear you on the type, althought I disagree with you on too much time spent on research. It was actually more important to convey the meaning of her song than the type design. I thought about doing the distorted type that wraps around her head OR the misty cloud thing, but I've done both of those things in many too previous posters. I wanted this one to be very simple and let the image speak more than the type. The framing of the type around her head suits me just fine and the font just works for her style of music. I do admit that the kerning could be fixed and probably will when I print the rest of the run. This is how the promoter got their copies, but that's all that's been ran so far.
I like this a bunch, but I just realised it was Justin's.
I'm not one to talk, but I think the text is just too Kinko'sŪ wedding program for me. Of course I live in that hell, so I'm pre-dispositioned to think that way.
hampton* the font does fit 'her' but it doesn't fit the poster. you spent so much time researching the back story, getting the truck appropriately run-down, inking then...plop....so-so font typed straight ( no repositioning, kearning et al) with a medium-sized black stroke. not alot of time spent on it. plus it even gets a little muddled on the venue/date info. like i said before, it honestly looks like someone else slapped it in. what i think could have worked.... have 'neko case' as clouds in the light blue. there are only 8 letters in the name so it would be relatively easy to make them look like cloud wisps and still been legible. i don't think this would distract from the 'neko' image, just the opposite, i think it would nicely frame her and add emencely to the eerie vibe. as for the rest of the type (venue/date), something simple ( i'm currently hooked on headline). all caps, all black but space them out ( about a 200+ kearning) so that at a distance they don't form to black boxes.
...them's my thoughts. not trying to bust your balls but......i LOVE everything about this poster except.....
I agree with scrojo. the text bugged me a bit as well. It looks like an afterthought.
With script fonts, its best to not open the leading so much so the letters can intersect (eko and ase).
And because the image is so strong, it would be nice to see the same attention given to the text. maybe mimic the texture in the grass and distort the text so it frames the woman's head better.
Isn't the Tin Angel a quite small venue? I think I saw Robyn Hitchcock there 10 years ago and remember it being quite cozy. I'd love to see Neko in such an inimate setting.
hampton* this, in my mind, is one of your best. graet research/idea. it reminds me alot of charles burns 'black hole' series ( and i mean that as a HUGE compliment). one problem tho.....the top print bugs hard. it honestly looks like someone else placed it in there. it only bothers me so much because everything else is brilliant.
Thanks a lot, this was probably the most difficlut poster for me to come up with in recent times. I'm such a fan of hers that I wanted it to be just right. I can't tell you how frustrated I'd gotten with this one, I went through tons of sketches before coming to this concept. I almost gave up, but I'm glad I stuck it out because I'm really happy with how this turned out.
Thanks. I did a little research and I made the Truck the make and model of the one the Green River Killer used to lure prosititutes to their demise. I took liberty with the color, making it red, instead of having some gorey hand sticking out of the water.
Thanks. The image refers to her, song "Deep Red Bells" on her latest album called Black Listed.
The song is about the Green River Killer. She was ten or so growing up in Tacoma when the killings started in the town of Auburn, about 15 miles from hers. She was caught up in the paranoia as a kid, making sure to never be alone with out being accompanied by someone. He was recently caught after avoiding the police for some 20 years.
There's a quote from her song in text on the river bank in the poster. It reads:
"He lead you to this hiding place, his lightning threats on silver tongue. Red Bells beckon you to ride, hand print on the driver side. It looks a lot like engine oil and tastes like being poor and small and popsicles in Summer."