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Final Major Project – Email to Blossoms

As I was doing a rock poster inspired by the 1960’s psychedelic era, someone gave me the idea to email rock bands from the local area (Manchester). This would not only show me initiative of what it would be like to work with a client, but it will also give me a taster of what to expect in the future when I decide to work within the creative media industry.

I could not find bands in Manchester — well, I found bands but they were nowhere near rock or to the psychedelic-esque theme I am going for. That was until Linda (one of the PA’s for the class) suggested I emailed the Manchester made band ‘Blossoms’. I have never heard of this band before, but I can recall the times my sister went to their concerts when they were still making a name for themselves.

However, I was a bit reluctant to email the PR for this band as they are starting to get big, making it a big chance that I will not get reply giving me permission to use the band on a poster. But as Linda (she was adamant I would get a reply) I would not lose anything by emailing them but I could win something; this was enough motivation.

Email to Blossoms

Within the email I gave them an opportunity to say if they wanted anything specific on the poster for current promotional purposes or for the future promotions. This would not only show my flexibility as a creative, but as someone able to listen to the desires of the client to make sure they are as pleased as possible.

Unfortunately, two weeks on from sending this email I have yet to receive a reply. This was an expected results as I know how busy the band will be right now, but I was really hoping that they would give me a small reply — even a rejection would suffice.

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Final Major Project – Evaluation – Victor Moscoso Inspired Work – Musical Icons

Playing around with photoshop was definitely the best step in the development of my project. Not only does the software let me edit pictures easily, changing the colour with a simple click of a button to achieve the look I am going for, but it will help me to achieve the psychedelic look I am going for.

As I am inspired by Victor Moscoso’s photographic psychedelic posters, I wanted to try and alter the image of an idols as inspiration for what I could use within my poster. The whole process made it much easier for me to achieve the psychedelic look I am looking for – much harder to achieve if I decided to go down the screenprinting route.

Which image went the best was definitely the Buddy Holly edits. Even though all the images are similar: icons, black and white, posing for the camera, Buddy Holly seems to have that charm that is completely opposite to the psychedelic freedom from the 60’s.

My favourite edited image was the blue and orange Buddy Holly image. Why this was a personal favourite of mine was due to how it looks quite similar to Moscoso’s own photographic posters. The colours are very similar and I made the illusion that my Buddy aholly was created by photographic montage; this is something I will definitely use in the future for my psychedelic posters or images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Major Project – Artist Research – Victor Moscoso

What initially interested me about Victor Moscoso was his use of photographic montage in his rock posters — very unusual during the time in which psychedelic posters became commonly used. It is something that I have thought about including within my own FMP: having an image altered in a way to make it look psychedelic — colours complementary and eye-catching that you cannot look away.

What I don’t really particularly like about Moscoso’s work is the style of typography he uses for his psychedelia rock posters. Unlike Wes Wilson’s free moving text that curves around the image that is central in the poster, it is rectangular (similar to what Wes Wilson use) but smaller.

What would make this much more interesting is if he followed Wes Wilson ‘art nouveau’ stylistic font and combine it with his interesting use of photographic montage to create an amazing psychedelic poster. But now, me getting inspiration from both Wes Wilson and Victor Moscoso I can create my own poster by using Wilson’s interesting font and photographic montage of Moscoso’s.

Victor a Moscoso 1968
Victor Moscoso Avalon Ballroom 1966 Big Brother and the Holding Company
Victor Moscoso Avalon Ballroom 1967 The Doors, Steve Miller Blues Band
Victor Moscoso The Matrix 1967 Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company
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Victor Moscoso Rites of Spring 1967