DIGABLE PLANETS POSTER (2005). 11X17" OFFSET ON ARCHIVAL MATTE CARDSTOCK.
Although I'd been making gigposters for a year at that point, this Digable Planets poster (2005) is in a lot of ways where it all began.
More than any other, this gigposter for the newly reunited is the beginning of my style starting to actually become something recognizable of its own. Before that, I'd done a bunch of posters (this was a feverish period where I was churning out a poster a week)...some good, some not so good, some totally competent and completely fine but not really Me. Of course at the time there wasn't really a Me. This was where my voice started to present itself a bit more.
A lot of techniques I used here I still lean on 15 years (ouch) later. Posterization, blowing out the contrast and using "sampled" bits of different images to "Frankenstein" together into something custom and unique, the color palette always reaching for something warmer, the retro affect, the type becoming a de facto logo graphic on it's own. A lot of stylistic elements I still use today. The band loved these. It was very much in line with their vibe: all golden age blacksploitation (which makes it something of a cousin to my poster for Blackalicious from later that same year) with jazz overtones. And of course the art references their classic 1994 album Blowout Comb, which is high on my list of "wish I'd thought of that first"s.
This poster is still one of my favorites a decade and a half later.
DIGABLE PLANETS OFFSET POSTER SPECS
• 11” x 17” offset color print
• Printed on heavyweight archival matte paper
• Each piece individually signed when purchased from this site (please be sure to request this at checkout)
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