"What can I get rid of and still have an effective piece?"
This is the most important thing you will ever read.
Thoreau said "Simplify, simplify, simplify."
...but somebody smarter than him said, "Simplify."
Things to think before you start your layout:
1. Is the basic visual concept going to communicate anything about the band/show?
2. Are the elements helping or hurting the central concept?
3. What can I get rid of and still have an effective piece?
Keep at it. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
haden* welcome to the freakshow. first bit of feedback would be to embrace crits. the harsher the better. no faster or easier way learn.
it is a nice simple bold piece but........
frame: actually like it. color me alone.
fonts: suck. the bottom one especially. it definetely IS 80s but..... not really LA GUNS and almost impossible to read at this size. don't forget this is an advertisement.
shadows: lose them. the lettering up top looks to be a half inch above the canvas then the frame covers it.... ?....... confusing.
keep up the work man. i honestly would dig to see more ( you might also want to check out the " poster class " threads for some amazing advice. )
"Hey this is my first poster and I worked pretty hard on it. Please give me any feedback you can think of."
Alright, honest criticism coming up:
This thing is horrible. Even if it was executed well it's not really much of a concept.
But you're just getting started so don't worry about it, pretty much nobody starts out awesome at something they've never tried.
Just keep working at it, you'll figure something out. . .
yeah, i don't get the frame. assuming it's part of the whole design, you should have moved the "LA Guns" text down a bit so the top of the letters don't get cropped off by the frame. that text at the bottom looks bad on the frame. i'm not into the font for the design (same with the LA Guns font), and it's off-center.