Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Akira Yamaoka Concert Poster

The assignment was to create a concert poster for a musician or group. I picked Akira Yamaoka, the man behind the music for the silent hill series, including lyrical and background music and some sound effects. But he has also worked on other games and has his own CD, iFUTURELIST.

Most of Akira's music isn't always just scary or sad. In fact, his music covers a whole range of emotions and feelings. Most of his stuff is best described as "unsettling".

So i picked an open ended moment that could be interpreted by the viewer and then tried to capture that same unsettling atmosphere, without relying too much on the stories told in the Silent Hill games or past advertisements for Akira Yamaoka.

The poster was created using FW ink. I used a painting roller to created the texture (not as simple to do as you'd think) and the stenciled trees. Using photoshop, i combined different washes, the texture and the figure. There are no gradients, but the figure was colored on photoshop and the tint was changed.

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