As a side project, I decided to listen to a couple of my favorite bands and work to make a gig poster for a stop along their tours.
For the Arcade Fire poster, I wanted to emphasize their dark subject matter. Their lyrics often talk about life and death on top of their mysterious and moody subject matters. Crows are a symbol for these topics. I decided to have one in a blue tone and a smaller one in contrasting tone to highlight the dynamic themes in their music. Their rhythms have a vibrating pattern to them so I created an underneath pattern of circles to hint at that. The type, in its own way, does a similar thing.
For the Tokyo Police Club poster, I decided to concentrate on the poppy music and vibrant feel of the band by making an in depth skyline of Madison. Since the band chose to name itself after Tokyo, Japan I wanted to include the giant red sun often seen in Japanese print posters.