Image courtesy of Kevin Tong
Gig Posters. Why did I not think of this before? In my quest to find an artistic style, I have always gravitated towards doing artwork featuring musicians. I find that music and visual art just go together. Recently, I bumped across Gig Posters which is a forum and gallery space for people who make posters advertising musical shows or gigs. I knew this kind of artwork existed. I just did not know that it was this prolific. My plan is to start creating my own gig posters. In order to turn this into a money-making venture, I realize I have some obstacles to overcome. I can not just put venue names and artists names on artwork I’m going to sell. Some way, I need to gain permission. Without any posters to back up what I can do, I will probably have to “work my way up”. Also, I have noticed that many gig posters are screen printed. I certainly do not have the facilities to make a ton of screen prints. Plus, I am not sure I am at a place to get them produced by someone else. In other words, I would need some money. My plan is to just make some posters on my own for a while that I do not plan on selling. As I continue to muddle through this path, I am hoping that I will learn more and get noticed more. I just have to find the best way to do that.
You can find out more about Gig Posters here. Also, at the annual Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend, many artists displayed their gig posters at an exhibition called Flatstock. Unfortunately, I did not attend the festival. The artist above, Kevin Tong, showcased at Flatstock. You can check out his work here.