Moving to a new State presents a lot of logistical maneuvering – updating your license, signing up with an electric company, having Wi-Fi installed in your new apartment. Also, more importantly, what radio station are you going to listen to now? When I lived in Vermont, I switched exclusively between The Point Independent Radio Station and Vermont Public Radio. Now, after moving to Buffalo, NY in August, hitting station buttons 1 and 2 on my car dashboard resulted in a depressing static.
It took a bit of surfing, but I finally found my Buffalo radio stations, Alternative Buffalo and WBFO, Buffalo’s NPR News Station. Buttons 1 and 2 were reprogrammed and back in business. Lana Del Rey’s “Doin Time” was an August and September fave on Alternative Buffalo. And then there was Billie Eilish’s “Strange Addiction”, which wrapped its fingers around my little millennial heart with its sultry beat paired with clips from The Office.
Billie Eilish’s 2020 tour doesn’t include Buffalo, so why not scheme up a conceptual 2021 concert at Canalside Buffalo? I wanted to design a poster that was location specific. I did a little research and discovered South Bay Bessie, the legendary Lake Erie lake monster. After some sketching, I had an illustration that I liked.
I then moved to Illustrator to refine the illustration. I felt the poster should be vaguely disturbing and tie in with Eilish’s signature black and green color scheme. After experimenting with a few color schemes, just because these vibrant colors were too fun to not experiment with a bit, I achieved this by using only black and green, with one pop of white in Eilish’s eyes, which ties in with her “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” album art.
I completed the poster with grunge text, including concert title, location, and artist name. The location snakes along South Bay Bessie’s neck, and the artist name blends with the seaweed, unifying text and art.
Hi! I'm a designer, artist, and daughter of back-to-the land, hippy dippy Vermont. I recently started a new adventure, and now call Buffalo, New York my home. Designs that have an organic, whimsical feel are my favorite to create, but I also like to challenge myself and take a crack at something outside of my comfort zone every once in a while. This blog is an extension of my recent passion projects. I've been creating designs for the sake of designing, exploring my own style, and growing as an artist and designer. Please enjoy!