Monday, November 24, 2014

Artist Lavigne Deconstructs ‘Redneck’ Poster Design Process

Julia Lavigne
Julia Lavigne is a native of Slidell, Louisiana and has appeared on stage at Slidell Little Theatre in several YATS and main stage productions over the years.  After graduating from Slidell High School, she moved to Savannah, Georgia to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to receive her BFA in Communication Arts.  She graduated with honors in June 2013. Now she lives in New Orleans; taking care of children and working as a freelance illustrator and designer. In addition to designing our poster for “Redneck Christmas,” Julia designed the poster for Knuffle Bunnya production of our Theatre for Young Audiences.

She tells us in her own words the process involved in designing the poster for A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas.

1 When I started my thumbnail sketches I gathered information about the play by reading through some of the script and listening to the music.  I wrote down words that stuck out and from there I generated thumbnail sketches for the poster.

2 Once I'm happy with the sketches I take my favorite and scan it into the computer and refine it a little bit.   This is also the stage when I play with color.  You can't go wrong with red and green for a Christmas poster!

3 Next I take my final sketch, print it out full size, and transfer it onto heavy watercolor paper.  For this poster I wanted all the type to be hand lettered with 1960s flair.  To achieve this I used a big type reference book.

4 Once I'm happy with how the poster looks in pencil I add ink and scan it back into the computer!  All the colors you see in the final poster are added digitally in Adobe Photoshop and a drawing tablet.

Final design ....

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Submitted by Don Redman.

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