Beta Radio CD Release Show

So i have been working on a poster for the band Beta Radio the last few weeks for there upcoming CD release show. It happening here in town at the SoapBox Laundro Lounge, Friday night September 17th. Doors will open at 9 and the cover is $5. Beta Radio will be playing with some other local favs. Onward, Soldiers and Rio Bravo will be rounding out the bill. Its gearing up to be a grand evening. I encourage any one that can to try and make it out to take in the show.

They had tossed out the idea of having me do a poster or shirt design back a month or so ago. Brent "officially" approached me back at the end of August to come up with a poster for the release show. I had started some doodles and sketches, but things were going in a totally different direction at that point. More illustrative than what i've got going on in the posters now.

Most of the changes came into play when i was flipping through a book Brent picked up. It was Jason Munn's book of posters. Brent is all about some Small Stakes poster design. and i can see why. The guys got some serious talent and simple clean designs that don't need a lot going on with in the actual piece.

I wish i had that kind of clarity and simplicity in my own design work. With that thought i set out, not design a Jason Munn poster but, to edit my own process and try simplifying the page a little more. I feel like i was able to do this in this Beta Radio poster. The poster went through a few initial sketches of this concept before setting into the final layout.

After thinking of a few ideas that really didn't lend themselves to a cd release show, i tried turning my thought more to that frame of mind. That's when the records as balloons concept was born. Cd's just felt weird and out of place (more so than record). I am really excited to get these posters finished. I'm trying a silver ink in the poster which will be a first. Hopefully, not the last. The plan, as of now is to print three versions of the poster. Same design, just switching of the background colors. Here are some process and layout roughs.

Here are the three color options that are going to be printed.

Here is the final that is going to be produced and sold off. Hope to get some posters down to Gravity Records as well. A few last minute tweaks to help bring some depth to the piece, i ran the twine behind the fingers and wrist.

Hopefully, i have hit on something that everyone can enjoy with these colors. Thanks for stopping in and checking everything out. Hope you enjoyed the visit.

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