Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) Gig Poster Concept
- Client: n/a
- Skills: Illustration, Personal Work, Poster Design
Another personal project, this one began life as a digital portrait of hip-hop artist Yasiin Bey. It was based on a Wiki Creative Commons image but as I worked on it, it felt like it would be a good basis for a gig poster – there was a lot of copy space conveniently located to the right of the image. After a quick search I found that Yasiin was playing on the 19th of the following month, so decided to use this as an opportunity to mock it up as a full gig poster.
The colour palette was based on what might be described as ‘earthy’. Originally I had something planned for the background involving brickwork, but the image became far too cluttered, so I picked a background wash based on a brick-red. I couldn’t get the graf-style text quite right by hand, so in the end the type was based on a maniupulated font, just editing parts of it to keep it energetic and unstructured.