Posters with LeDoux: Draw a 3-Color Poster for Your Favorite Band

Jesse LeDoux, Illustrator, Artist, Designer

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11 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:51
    • 2. Project Overview

      0:53
    • 3. Tools and Materials

      5:28
    • 4. Choosing a Band

      1:51
    • 5. Finding Your Style

      3:05
    • 6. Sketching

      6:56
    • 7. Inking

      3:18
    • 8. Digitizing

      6:45
    • 9. Coloring

      11:55
    • 10. Creating Separations for Screenprinting

      11:20
    • 11. Conclusion

      1:12

Project Description

Draw a 3-color poster for your favorite musician or band.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to concept, design, and illustrate a 3-color poster inspired by your favorite musician or band. Pick an artist you love, and try to capture the feeling of their music in your illustrations. Use any materials you'd like, but remember: there's nothing better than paper, pencils and ink.

The warmth and soul of putting pen to paper is nearly impossible to replicate with a computer. The computer has a way of eliminating happy accidents, and those happy accidents are where a lot of the beauty lies.

DELIVERABLE

Share your progress and final 3-color poster in the gallery. A completed project may include:

  • band/artist name
  • sketches
  • final poster

RESOURCES: MATERIALS

Here's a quick list of materials and tools you might find useful. I've linked to a few places to buy things online, but your local art supply store will also likely have everything you need.

A few essentials:

Optional materials:

  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
  • A Quick Note About Other Brush Pens – The more Japanese writing on the barrel, the better the pen. If you can’t read a word on it, you’re in great shape.
  • Micron Pens 
  • Brushes – I like these faux squirrel brushes by Dynasty (especially the rigger), but get a few different styles of brushes and see what works best for you. 

RESOURCES: SCREEN PRINTERS

This is the screen printer to use:

But if they can't take the project on, these guys do good work, too:

All music used with permission. Many thanks to Michael D. Anderson, Executive Director of the Sun Ra Music Archive.

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