Matt Benson

UI/UX Creative & Developer

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Alphabet Movie Posters

Great tips! Illustrator can definitely be mysterious and confusing; just knowing what's possible and how easy some of these techniques are is very empowering. I've been following DKNG for a while and have definitely improved my Illustrator hustle with these classes. 

Just for funsies I started making a collection of movie posters, using only use the first letter of the movie's name as the central design element. This poster covers a few of the techniques from this class (as well as other Illustrator tricks from DKNG, and others). I won't even mention the name of this movie. Hopefully it should be obvious :)

As always, I start with a really bad concept sketch. Most of my sketches are usually decent, but this one is just plain awful: 

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Used a little gradient mesh, and some 3D perspective grid to create the building and background. The colors are all globals which can easily be changed later:

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The trees and terra cotta roof tiles are both custom brushes. The trees are a scatter brush and the roof tiles are a stepped blend with a really low setting. I envelope distorted the tile patterns to fit the building roof structures:

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Final step was creating all the textures and a vignette to bring the focus back towards the center:

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Finished poster:

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Check my Instagram (in my profile) to see the other movie alphabet posters I'm working on. All of those use a mixed bag of tricks from DKNG and more. I also live stream designing these on Twitch every week, so if you are interested in watching the process — and struggle :) — you can catch all the videos and archives there (twitch.tv/mattgyvertv).

Thanks for reading!

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