"Perhaps next time I'm bent double over my girlfriend and about to commence in the act of the creation of the 'beast with 2 backs' I could give you a call and you could tell me how I should best approach that too?"
Your girlfriend probably wouldnt appreciate that.
I totally get it now.
The bee population is dwindling. Erase Errata are females. There's gotta be some sort of connectzion with this poster and pollinization.
I mean, Einstein sayz that if we lose the bees we have four years left on the planet. then we all dead. look that shiz up on the googlie.
I think it makes sense to type alot.
"Well, if you can pull off what a band conveys well visually ,then you're a good designer. Thats what Graphic design is, VISUAL communtication. How else would you communicate for someone to go to an aural event than to make something visually stimulating that hopefully grasps the music. That in turn is good design and good advertising...In turn you failed this time, sorry."
Well, if I'd have known that you made the rules for what succeeds and what fails I would have asked you for your advice before I made it. I also thank you for explaining to me what my job is and how I should more effectively do it.
Perhaps next time I'm bent double over my girlfriend and about to commence in the act of the creation of the 'beast with 2 backs' I could give you a call and you could tell me how I should best approach that too?
Here's my two penneth (or two cents as you Americans may call it) in all seriousness:
Most of you folks on here are gig poster fetishists and I can dig that, I can see the attraction and I can see how the craft is of importance to you and what turns a lot of people on in poster design, and that somehow the artist creating the poster supercedes the event that is advertises if you are a fan of an artist's work.
I don't really subscribe to that. I think the idea of paying a lot of money for a gig poster is kind of adbsurd - I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm just saying it's strange. A poster for a gig is just advertising, it's the lowest brow art, it's disposable. It doesn't mean it should be bad, don't get me wrong, but think about this way: there are posters on gigposters.com for gigs that I have been to in the city I live in and I have never seen the poster concerned in the flesh. How can that design be successful if it was never made with advertising or the advertising format in mind? If it was just made as merch for the band or as a commemorative piece of art that bears the date of an event and a band name that people like? If it is just band merch and nice souvenir then that's fine but it's not a poster for a gig.
Take the artwork out of the context of a glorified art-crit website like this and put it in the context of selling the gig in actual poster form and then judge things from there. I use bright colours and often unconnected imagery because the poster is going to sit on a record shop wall, or a wall in the venue and it's going to be surrounded by other artwork advertising other things. It has to stand out and you may argue otherwise but I stand by my opinion that my posters do stand out in this context and it's also the primary concern I have when designing them because in 9 times out of 10 cases I'm responsible for paying the band at the end of the night and that does change your opinion of what is needed in advertising a show.
So there are plenty of posters on this site that blow me away and I can't believe the level of skill involved in creating them. As works of art in their own right they're great. If they were in a gallery I would stop and stare and enjoy them for hours. But they're not works of art in their own right, they're posters for a gig and if they were on the wall in my local record shop I might not notice them.
And in defence of not creating an image that sounds like the band - the gig is in May, summer is coming round. Flowers blooming. Optimistic times. EE bring a smile to my face and make a fat man (me) dance. Seems to go hand in hand with the season. As does the somewhat sexual practise of pollination and regrowth. I find EE's music subtly sexy in the same way.
Anyway. My hand is going to drop off.
"Defending conceptual thought with regard to a poster for a band is about the most egotistical, big headed thing I can imagine. "
Well, if you can pull off what a band conveys well visually ,then you're a good designer. Thats what Graphic design is, VISUAL communtication. How else would you communicate for someone to go to an aural event than to make something visually stimulating that hopefully grasps the music. That in turn is good design and good advertising...In turn you failed this time, sorry.
I know what he meant, I was being funny. Defending conceptual thought with regard to a poster for a band is about the most egotistical, big headed thing I can imagine.
It's a gig poster for a band, I can list the reasons it has a bee and a flower, I happen to think they match the band in my mind perfectly and that's why I chose them.
But it's a gig poster for a wall to advertise a gig. It's not a fine art degree. It's not high brow conceptual thought to anyone apart from me and that's the way I like to make posters.
Thank you for your comment. I refer you to the yellow lettering occupying the 2nd to bottom 5th of the page. It says "Erase Errata". Underneath it is the information for the gig, a real gig, really happening. It informs you, the viewer of the time of the gig and it's location.
Thus, it speaks 'for' Erase Errata, in that (when placed on a wall in a shop or in the venue for example) it works on behalf of the band and the promoter in order to inform on behalf of, or 'speak for', the band in telling you when and where they are playing.
That's the point of a gig poster, something that often gets lost on this shitty, fetishistic, arse kissing yankophile website (that I enjoy immensely).