Work in Progress Gallery 3: Iolanthe Poster
Earlier Gilbert & Sullivan posters at the University of Michigan (left) reminded me of Alphonse Mucha, the “father of Art Deco,” and his very-vertical posters for Sarah Bernhardt. The present assignment called for 8.5 x 11, but I wanted to emulate Mucha.
It also called for fairies in little black dresses.
The lettering and graphic surround is created in Illustrator and “sweetened” in Photoshop with texture, highlights and shadows, and the special treatment of “Lydia Mendelssohn.” On the art paper print, the fairy and chair were ghosted back to almost nothing so my water-color on top would be more brushstrokes and less photo.