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June 18, 2008 at 1:02 am

The “farmers’ markets / mercados de granjeros” poster is done!

I finished printing the morning of June 4th, wrapped the posters up in paper and then a couple of plastic bags, and biked them across town in the rain. I arrived at the Farm Fresh offices with dry posters and wet everything else. By now, they are up around town (at least, so I’ve heard, since I’ve been away!) and the farmers’ markets have actually begun, so go check them out if you’re in RI… or go visit your local farmer & help them pull up some weeds! with all the rain, they will need the help.

last steps, from ink drawings on transparency to printed color stages, follow.

In early May, we already saw this ‘key’ color being drawn:

When I was drawing the ‘red’ color, I actually had to work out in perspective what exactly these buildings looked like, even though they were going to be almost entirely hidden…

…then most of that drawing got scraped off the acetate anyways.

Here’s the blue layer printed:

…and with the ink ‘key’ laid over it for a preview:

Red and blue layers:

previewed with the ‘key’ transparency, starting to look like something!

120+ posters, finished!

on the farm:

at the market:

wrapped & ready to go:

The key layer turned out to be a very subtle gradient from green-with-yellow (at top) to green-with-blue (at bottom), since I wanted the farm scene to be a little brighter and sunnier than the market scene. I don’t think you can see that in these photos, in the poster itself it is barely noticeable, but adds a little bit of complexity, maybe. I think I could have made the whole green layer a little bit darker, making the images a little bit clearer… but people seemed psyched about its ‘impressionistic’ and ‘watercolor-like’ qualities (adjectives not mine!)… so I kept it on the border between bright & dark. The images are pretty different than anything I’ve done before: Jay R Z. said “hey, I like seeing a drawing of yours with a lot of PEOPLE in it!”, and I agree.

1 Comment »

  1. Beautiful.

    Comment by Foodie — September 6, 2008 @ 1:12 am

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