My New Poster for a ‘Fiesta’ Concert

1fiestadetail2I just completed the new poster advertising the Doylestown Symphonic Winds’ summer concert Fiesta, which will showcase Latin instrumental music performed by this outstanding brass and woodwind ensemble.

I gave DSW two rough ideas for the top part of the poster, which I usually illustrate in some way, the bottom half of the poster being mostly text giving the when and where of the concert. I sketched a flamenco dancer in the first, with line drawings of the instruments tumbling in front of her; and for the second, I borrowed the figures from my art for last year’s poster and added some festive costumes and Spanish design elements.

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DSW liked the second design best, so I redrew the figures tighter and placed the rest of the poster text.

1dsw_fiestaposter_colorfinish1This was close to being finished, but the DSW board asked for more color to be inserted on the people, and also they found that in my switching a few figures left and right, I had flipped a few so that the instruments were technically being played backwards. Not good on my part! They were helpful in providing me with direction and some photos showing how hands should be positioned, and I revised the drawings.

The finished – and physically and musically correct! – poster is below. I’m looking forward to going to this year’s concert, since last year’s resounded with all the exuberance and majesty of brass and wind instruments. I highly recommend this concert for music-lovers of all kinds!

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A Painting a Day: Animal Orchestra

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Day 5 of posting a Painting a Day: Animal Orchestra. For over 20 years I have drawn animals playing instruments on posters for the Lenape Chamber Ensemble’s children’s concerts, and so one year I decided to paint a full color version to use on a Christmas card. (I sell them on my Store page.) As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I really enjoy drawing musical instruments, not only because they are functional in producing beautiful music, but also because I find them beautifully designed objects of art.

My Artwork on Shirts and Products

I just opened a Zazzle online store, AchillesPortfolio, where I’ll offer items imprinted with my original art & designs for sale. So far I have only put in a few tee shirt and sweatshirt designs but I’d be very happy to hear suggestions from readers here, if there is something in my work you think would work well on Zazzle items. They offer quite a few product lines, from apparel to paper products and home decor.  You can click on the link below the photo to go to Zazzle and read details about the shirt.

 

I painted the design above in brush and ink, in a quick sketch style to show the vitality of live music.  I’m a music lover, I have many friends who are terrific musicians, and the instruments I included – saxophone, violin, guitar, drums, clarinet, horn and keyboard – are so beautifully crafted, they really are an inspiration to draw. For now I have it printed in either black or pink ink on shirts.  If you don’t see it on an item you would like, please let me know and I’ll put it on that product too asap. I’ll be adding more items and writing about them here on the blog soon.

All artwork on my products is (c) Pat Achilles and may not be used without my permission.)