Thalia Zedek Band Poster

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - student project

Here's as final as it's going to get for the purpose of the class (still waiting for the show venue confirmation, and will hand letter the date and place in the sky when that time comes).

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 1 - student project

I took the advice to make the ampersand pop and to experiment with the colors: settled on tomato and indigo ink on white paper. I tried playing with different croppings to emphasize the band names more, but I think the full expanse of the image seems the most striking.


Here is a new draft of the mosaic theme:

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 2 - student project

I decided the canvas looked a little crowded and didn't necessarily read as a mosaic floor so I added more scenery. Also, did keep a little comic-book-y feel in the lettering, as a nod to the Las Locas idea. It's a little finely-detailed for a screenprint, but I did manage to keep it to 2 ink colors plus paper color. The show/tour details are still TK.

Also, here it is with an off-center crop:

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 3 - student project

Next I'll try getting feedback from TZ...


First drafts below


My band Shepherdess is playing some shows with Thalia Zedek (of Come fame) this Spring, and I plan to do a real-life poster for those gigs. I hope to have time to silkscreen in the end.

I have three directions "sketched" in Photoshop but I would like to develop more with some pencil sketches to change up my usual style (which is usually driven by Photoshop as my tool of choice). I also quickly mocked up with fonts but would love to hand letter for the final poster.

For those who don't know her (you should!), TZ's music is dirgey and dark, but beautiful. A lot of her album imagery is deserted beaches, empty skys, or snowy roads; her posters are often a picture of her, perhaps wearing a plaid shirt and smoking a cigarette.

Three Ideas:

  1. Mosaic
  2. Las Locas
  3. Isometric


Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 4 - student project

The deserted theme of the albums made me think of Pompeii after the lava, and so I started looking at mosaics from Italy, Turkey, and Tunisia. I particularly like this "Evil Eye" one from Antioch, which reminds me of the spookiness of the music. I think this is a frontrunning idea so far, and hope I could pare down the mosaic colors to make silkscreening easy.

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 5 - student project


Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 6 - student project

The plaid/cigaratte thing remind me of Love and Rockets "Las Locas" by Jaime "Los Bros" Hernandez. So another thought is to illustrate TZ in a comic book style. The L&R comics were always very saturated color which doesn't seem to go with this music, so I'd have to play around with color schemes. 

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 7 - student project


Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 8 - student project

I've been really digging a lot of isometric web and poster designs lately, so I thought about maybe a giant amp in the middle of a map...but I'm not really feeling this one so far. The preppy color scheme doesn't feel right for TZ, and I think this just needs more work in general. But perhaps can revisit...

Thalia Zedek Band Poster - image 9 - student project