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Punk / Metal Doubleheader Poster

Metal concert poster for Kentucky bandJust a Test

Lexington, KY

Before the pandemic, my band Sempervivi booked a show in Lexington with our friends Just a Test. Since it took place at our favorite watering hole Lynagh’s Irish Pub, I decided to make it a theme event. The styles of our bands were different enough (pop punk and thrash metal) to be the main selling point. I noticed that vintage 80s “space grid” fantasy scenes were trendy, so I tried my hand at it. This metal concert poster mixed one of those grid layouts with hand drawn figures and retro fonts.

Metal concert poster design story

First, I drew images of Will and myself running for our lives in pencil. I referenced photos of Will to confirm his typical dress and facial features. Then, I drew the two headed dragon freehand. After I finished the initial sketches, I scanned them in and “inked” them using my USB drawing tablet. Then, I used Photoshop to color in the figures and combine them into one scene. Pointy Jackson guitars appeared in our hands to emphasize the “80s metal concert poster” theme. I added shadows in order to create depth.

Are they “good” drawings? No, but that’s not really what I was going for. I wanted to combine a lo-fi “doodle” with the retro fantasy scene in the background. 

I had a lot of fun with the poster’s typography as well. Mainly, I leaned on the manic title font made famous in the horror film franchise Friday the 13th. For the word “Punk”, I scattered a stencil font. I typed “Metal” in another vintage font reminiscent of the AC/DC logo.

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