Before Layers magazine was purely an online source for everything Adobe, there was a recurring section in the magazine called Design Makeover. This called for three different artists from around the world to makeover an existing work submitted by a real client. I was privileged enough to be one of those selected artists, but I wasn’t expecting the giant curve ball that was the client.
Swing Goth was the client, and the event poster was for the Ball of C’thulhu. Having no knowledge of Swing Goth, steampunk, or H.P. Lovecraft, I was jumping into this project blindfolded. The name C’thulhu had little meaning to me until doing extensive research. This creature was created as a symbol of extreme horror and evil. While the “Ball of C’thulhu” bears the creature’s name, it is an event filled with fun and fantasy.
Browns and greens gave me the fall feel I wanted, while allowing me to keep the poster bright, warm and inviting. I drew my interpretation of C’thulhu as if he were going to a costume party. His plaid suit and paisley tie is what he grabbed from Goodwill the night before the ball. He’s positioned on the hardwood floor and is holding a mystical scepter as if he is the dancing disco ball of the party.
This poster was a great challenge for me and I was glad Layers magazine called me to be a part of it. If you would like to see the before poster and the full article, you can find it here.