Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is a roots reggae band out of Rochester, NY. I've been listening to them for a while, with appreciation for their music, and how they are based out of my hometown, they have become one of my favorite bands. After signing up for this class, I asked their manager if they would be interested in a poster. Having said that, I'll be working on a poster for them for the duration of this class.
A lot of their artwork involves a panda as the subject matter. Which is cool, but for this project I think it would be more visually interesting if a panda was not used. Essentially, I'd like to break down a panda to it's more prominent qualities, like paw prints, baring teeth, or the use black and white as the main focus of the poster.
After thinking about how to go after the problem, I brewed up a basic concept:
THE GIST OF IT:
Illustrate the entity of GPGDS through analog and digital means. Not to fully illustrate a panda as a subject matter, but to subtly suggest it through visual relativity. In this case, Rorschach style ink blots.
The use of ink references the analog means of the instruments, while the digital linework and manipulation represents the dubbing of certain sounds. The overall symmetry captures the rhythm, and the use of sporadic colors emphasizes the improvisational nature of the music. Fluent calligraphy for melody. All in all, bold imagery for some relentless reggae.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
On the road
Keep artwork flexible for possible use in other mediums like video art, apparel, album covers, and other merchandise.
REFERENCE IMAGERY & TYPOGRAPHY:
Now to get working on some ink blots! Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave any constructive criticism or other feedback. Brutal honesty is encouraged!