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 decided 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.
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 a small reply — even a rejection would suffice.
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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
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Fitting in with the ‘acid’ trend that dominated the 60’s — 1967 in particular — and the reason in which ‘Psychedelia’ began to make its appearance, I wanted to test and experiment and see what type of art I will create.
When I was researching psychedelic artists and where they got their inspiration, I came across a very interesting article in which an artist was given a specific dose of LSD (each dosage given within in an hour) under a controlled environment. The art work he created was interesting the longer the day went on: his first piece of art was normal as the drug did not take affect, the patient saying he felt ‘fine’. However, when it is 2 hours 45 minutes into the experiment, his art takes a completely different turn, creating something that looks very surreal and unusual.
As I am not going to take LSD (due to it being a Class A substance) I decided to go with a different, more legal substance, that can still affect the functionality of your brain: alcohol. Yes, alcohol does not have any psychedelic qualities like LSD — none that I know of, anyway — but it can still affect the way your drawings are created. Similar to what the artist had done, I created a drawing while sober so I can see the difference when a substance slowly alters the way your mind thinks.
Every 20 minutes I will take two shots of Jack Daniels, waited for a couple of minutes to let the alcohol affect my system then create a drawing.
The results I came out with were not as ‘inventive’ as the LSD patient, but it is still interesting to see the way my drawings drop in quality with a sip of alcohol. Comparing the drawings I did under the influence with the drawing I did sober, you can definitely see the drop of quality the more I drank alcohol.
This experiment was definitely unusual and unique to what I have ever done for art, but it was definitely very interesting in the way you brain’s functionality drops when you take a substance.