I’m not usually one for contests. I guess I always have in the back of my head “I’m not going to win,” or “It’s a waste of time.” Sometimes though I just don’t have the time to make something great really quick and I end up forgetting about the contest all together. This contest though, to create a poster for The Contagion of Ideas, an event coming up at school, ended up sticking with me, and I felt the want and need to give it a try even if I didn’t win. I had a month to create the poster and submit it. While I was very busy with classes, I ended up getting a small window of opportunity to work on this poster, and I was able to turn my ideas into a submission.
Once I had my idea, I sat down and used Illustrator to create the poster.
To create this poster I found images online of a light bulb and hands and then used the pen tool to trace over them.
I drew the filament of the light bulb on my tablet in Procreate, imported it into Illustrator, and then Image Traced it.
To create the orbs, I made a circle and in Effects put a Gaussian Blur over it. From there it was copy, paste, resize, repeat.
The background is a radial gradient.
I’m so glad I gave this poster contest a try. It was fun, and I was able to be creative with it. I also got the chance to work and reacquaint myself with Illustrator, which I hadn’t done in a while. I see how much I’ve learned and grown from going to school, and I hope I continue to do so in the years to come.