Melissa Wentzel

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Get Up Offa That Thing

Project Step 1:

I am no longer sure of how I got there, it was somewhere on pinterest that I discovered the work of Jonathan Lax (also known as YONIL)

More specifically, I discovered this series of typographical Beatles lyric posters:

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I was immediately inspired to create a lyric poster of my own! I wasn't even thinking of this project in particular when my whole idea blossomed in my head, it was only afterwards that I thought it would be the perfect subject for this challenge.

The lyric I have chosen is by James Brown, the funk master himself, and it is:

"Get up offa that thing and dance til you feel better"

A great lyric and also motivational saying, and just so damn groovy a song, that it does just that, it makes you wanna get out there and do stuff!

I started thinking further; of how I would represent the lyric within my poster design.

James Brown was of course, renowned for his funky dance moves; so I thought about how one could represent that visually. I then thought of those retro dance instruction posters, you know the ones...

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And the whole thing came together from there! So here are my intitial sketches, with the idea being that I would illustrate a dance move of James Brown and write the lyrics inside the shoe prints, so as to form the imprint itself.

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Project Step 2:

My second project step is soooo late, but here it is nontheless.

I already know how my dance moves are gonna flow, so I drew the four shoe prints I will need and then sketched my lettering in it, after which I inked it. And here it is!

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......I have mixed feelings.....

I am not at all happy with the "dance til you" part and looking at it more I start doubting everything.

Feedback and critique would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks guys!

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