Courtney Enos

print and web designer

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Miss Janelle Monae

So I just scored some free tickets to see Janelle Monae at Lehman College in the Bronx. To say I'm excited is putting it mildly. At any rate, that is the event I've picked as my poster subject.

I've just created a couple inspiration boards. This first one has an art deco feel, which she used heavily on her previous album, The ArchAndroid. The album is inspired by Metropolis.

Her more recent album, which she is touring for now, is The Electric Lady and has a sci-fi/futuristic/feel. I was thinking Tron, Star Wars, and Blade Runner.

Both albums have themes of otherness. Her character, Cindy Mayweather, is meant to embody the other and how we are all the other at some point and need to practice acceptance.

For my poster I want to combine both aesthetics. How I have yet to figure out. It's really important for me to capture not only her visual themes, but her possitivity and unstopable energy. Srsly, if you ever have the chance to see this woman in concert you must needs check it out.

Also want to work in the college somehow...

Things have taken a dramatic change. I finished this up a few months ago after some procrastinating and being inspired by Janelle's Celebrate Brooklyn concert last spring. While it varies greatly from my initial inspiration, I did want to share the final project with everyone.

One of the images that comes to mind when I think of Brooklyn is a tattooed hipster. I decided to illustrate Janelle Monae in the neo-traditional tattoo style. She is framed by the Prospect Park Bandshell, where the concert was held, and in the background is the Brooklyn skyline. All the letter was created from scratch by me.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my process.

Thanks!

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