Today the Bloomsday folks unveiled the 2019 Bloomsday Poster. Yeah, they did a few other things, too. But the poster is what I focus on. Why, because it’s my poster, my concept, and my artwork.
This is the third in a series of four.
This is how I create this series:
- In late 2016, I assembled photo references for all four posters, and arranged them into a large group.
- I split the large image into fourths.
- For each poster, I take the segment for that year and use it as a basis for my sketch. Here’s the preliminary sketch for this year’s poster:
- Once the sketch is complete, I work in Corel Painter to establish a color palette and use that palette (mostly) to paint the image.
- I then incorporate the artwork into a layout file and send it to a local offset printer.
If my headline sounds a bit testy and defensive, it’s because I constantly have to explain that these aren’t photo manipulations, but honest to gosh digital paintings. It’s not Photoshopped images. It’s not filtered photos. It’s original art created by my hand, painted using digital tools.
I’m tired of hearing how digital art is somehow “not real art”, or that I’m just using photographs and “making them look like paintings”.
Yes, I use reference photos (photos that I’ve shot myself), as most realist artists do. I even do a little tracing at the outset because it helps speed the process. But after the initial sketch, it’s all painting, and even though my tools are digital, my methods and techniques are based on traditional oil painting processes.
I'm quite pleased with this year's poster. I was even able to sneak a family friend into the group, which will be a fun surprise.