I've just wrapped up my first year of creating gig posters here in Houston, TX and thought I would post them all and try and get some feed back. Any good advice or criticism is much appreciated.
At the moment my process consists of drawing the poster by hand in pencil on paper in a format that is the same aspect ratio as the poster will be printed. I then ink using microns (Here's one issue I've been having is my microns erase when I'm cleaning up the line work before I scan. Is there a better pen to use?) I then scan at 300 dpi, throw the piece into Photoshop CS4 and adjust the levels to make the line work stand out better. Then I clean up any little specs or dots. I put the file into Illustrator CS4 and live trace to get clean vectored lines. I then put the file back into photoshop and color the piece. Each color on a separate layer underneath the line work layer. I color very close up at x400 magnification typically with the brush tool. And for depth I've been using the multiply effect and going over the lines. At the moment I feel like each poster is taking much longer than it should have to complete. I'm talking like 20-30 hours. I don't mind it really because It feels like a pretty zen state to be in while I work on them. Since I work full time and am enrolled in classes I can only work on the posters during 8pm, and 5am haha. Maybe this is slowing me down some. I will be attending art school at KCAI starting this fall so hopefuly the education will help things.
I'll be posting these in order of newest to oldest so you don't laugh right away and close the window haha.
Thank you in advance for any advice or tips!