The Beatles 2019 Europe / US Tour

Hello, everyone! In my mid-weekly post, I answered the question regarding what might happen if The Beatles had never broken up. I wasn’t quite sure how to translate that into an image–at first I thought about editing photos of John Lennon and George Harrison and edit them to look as old as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr–but eventually I decided to design a poster to promote a tour across Europe and America, taking place in 2019, since I figure that, if they hadn’t broken up when they did, at the very least Paul and Ringo would still be making music and touring together (I also thought that there would be a distinct possibility that at least John Lennon would be alive, too, but I really don’t know).

I downloaded a free photo of The Beatles and edited it in both MediBang and Autodesk Sketchbook. I used Medibang to make the canvas larger and to add the gray color, and because the original image cut off abruptly when the canvas was made bigger, I added a gradient effect, too. Afterwards, I added the text in Autodesk Sketchbook (the font choices in MediBang leave a little to be desired, in my opinion); as I learned over this past week, I tried to mix and match fonts, this time a serif font for the title and a sans serif font for the body text. As far as I’m aware, you can only change the size of the text in Sketchbook by touching the computer’s touchscreen with two of your fingers, so making the two columns match in terms of size was really difficult, and I don’t think I got it exactly right.

I chose this particular prompt–what if The Beatles never broke up?–for a couple of reasons: 1) I thought that this particular prompt seemed a bit more positive than “What if we lost WWII?” or “What if the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated?” And 2) I’m a little more familiar with The Beatles than I am with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, so I feel like this was more “appropriate,” for lack of a better word, than the others.

It is nice to think about positive alternative histories. I feel like we could use some extra positivity in this world.

Holding Out for a Hero

Hello, everyone! For the additional design assignment, I decided to design my own superhero. I made my hero one who can control water, and named her Eventide.

To design her, I used HeroMachine 3. I honestly found the website to be rather difficult to figure out at first, and I found coloring (namely, copying the color scheme of one item and pasting it onto another) to be a bit of a challenge, too. I figured it out eventually, and then I got down to figuring out what design best suited what I had in mind.

I’ve had the idea of Eventide for a while, now, and I did design her once upon a time, but the original design wasn’t quite as streamlined, for lack of a better term, as this final one; from what I remember, Eventide originally had a long skirt, which wouldn’t be very convenient, now that I think about it. In the end, I settled for a suit that actually looks a bit like a swimsuit, in my opinion, but I must admit that that wasn’t entirely intentional; I only chose that suit because I liked it the best and that I found to be the best-suited for a superhero, in general, and am only just seeing its resemblance to swimwear.

The blue and blue-green color scheme reflects Eventide’s water theme. I wanted to have some kind of aura or water affect coming out of her hands, but I wasn’t able to find one that matched her overall theme.

I think it’s pretty interesting how some of my favorite choices for Eventide’s design actually turned out to be more appropriate for her overall theme than I had originally realized. I’m not exactly sure what that says about me, as a designer, but I still find it pretty neat that it turned out that way, in hindsight.

By the Book

Hello, everyone! Last week, I mentioned that one of my favorite book series is the Theatre Illuminata trilogy; while all three of those brooks are pretty flawed, in hindsight, they will always have a special place in my heart. So, for the alternate book cover assignment, I chose to create a new cover for the first book, Eyes Like Stars:

At first, I wanted the design of the cover to be a close-up of a woman’s eyes, as a reference to the title of the book, but after thinking about it for a little bit, I felt that that might not be relevant to the overall plot of the book, which is actually a teenage girl living in a magical theater where characters from pretty much every play under the sun live and roam around. So, I decided to make the cover reflect theater in some way. I went on Unsplash and Pixabay to look for various photos to use in my design (first searching for eyes, than for photos related to the theater) and eventually found the image of the chandelier in my final product.

I tried using Pixlr to edit my photos, but I wasn’t that fond of it, so I just used the two drawing software I already had on my computer–MediBang and Autodesk Sketchbook. I used MediBang to crop and resize the photo to how I liked it, and I used Autodesk Sketchbook to add in the text and do some touching up on the photo, itself. The lights toward the bottom of the image I thought made the words a bit harder to see, so I took an airbrush and lightly colored over them to match the background color. I knew I wanted to use more formal fonts for the title of the book and the subtitles; I looked at some of Canva’s options for complimentary fonts, but none of them were scripts and the serif fonts were almost always paired with sans-serif fonts. While I may go back there and look at their options again, in the future, they just didn’t really offer what I had in mind for this particular assignment.

I really like the colors in this photo, the dark blues/turquoises and the dull, pale yellows. They give off a cool, sort of eerie vibe, which I think can work for a fantasy type of story, like Eyes Like Stars (and, by extension, the rest of the Theatre Illuminata trilogy) is. The darker hues also create an air of mystery, which I think is also appropriate, since a major subplot involves the main protagonist trying to figure out the truth about her parentage.

In the end, I feel like I did a pretty good job of conveying the general vibe of the book in terms of aesthetic and theme.

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