Recreating Sasquatch

Recreating Sasquatch - student project

My initial thought for this project comes from one of my biggest passions, music and festivals. I want to help create a logo and a poster design for a local festival that I am helping with for in October. I figure the best way to be able to do so is to learn how to recreate one of my very favorite music festival posters. Sasquatch, an annual festival in Oregan, has a great vibe as well as shapes, colors, and textures to emulate. The 2010 and 2012 versions are my favorite.
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As you can see, both are pretty detailed, likely beyond a level that I can achieve as a super beginner to Illustrator. I have decided to try the 2010 version as it has fewer small details, and I can probably leave out a few things from that one more easily if necessary. The other option that caught my interest when looking through Sasquatch posters was this simpler band poster as a part of Sasquatch: 

Recreating Sasquatch - image 3 - student project

If I delve into the 2010 poster and find it to be too much, I may go for the cute trio of birds. We shall see!

A couple weeks later... or so...
I finally found a free day to sit down and seriously tackle this poster. I spent about 6 hours going through videos and building (with the help of a lovely and experienced friend) and I built a super solid base! I was very surprised at how easy it was to get used to building and learn the hot keys quickly. I feel about 1/2 an infinity times more comfortable with Illustrator which makes me SO HAPPY!
Here is my current moot point until time allows for further work.
Recreating Sasquatch - image 4 - student project

I feel pretty accomplished having gotten this far in a day, the most challenging part will likely be penning out Sir Sasquatch, and completing the city skyline with the layers that it includes. Hopefully I will be done in another day or two!!

And, guess what, a couple days later, I was able to finish all of the shape building and coloring processes, I'm mostly complete! I semi-obsessively paint brushed the sasquatch figure for a couple of days in spurts of 30 minutes to 2 hours and filled him in completely with the blob brush. Needless to say it was fairly time consuming but also very satisfying work. I plan to watch the color and texture videos and possibly add some new texture to the poster, but I don't think much more needs to be done! I am probably going to go and get a poster print of this and hang it in my room - I'm just slightly enamoured. 

Recreating Sasquatch - image 5 - student project