Rebellion Festival Poster

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Rebellion Festival Poster

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A poster I created for a college project. It is for Rebellion Festival, a punk music festival in Blackpool England.


Nice! - Ive been wanting to doo a random backdrop of multiple scribbles and doodles, but i ever could come up with enough random goodies. and I love the detail of the shadowed part of the guy, ive been trying to get anatomy down so i can do things like this a bit more!

Reminds me of the album artwork for Never Mind the Bollocks, here's the Sex Pistols and similar sleeves for singles and other releases. The one thing that I would suggest on occasion is to use a double letter in your newspaper cuttings, since that's exactly what the letter would have used from various publications. I like the style of different fonts, sizes and so forth, as it works and works well!

The central figure reminds me of a Banksy work, with the majority being an outline, which could easily have been stencilled into place. The detail in the eyes and mouth seem to belay that, but coupled with the mottled hair and the rose tattoo, it looks quite good.

The rose is totally out of keeping with something like this and a perfect sign for anarchy - a symbol of sweetness and beauty, combined with a forceful rebellion doesn't gel, thus is is a little piece of chaos in the symbolism.

Had I made this, I would have started with a school desk, like they used to have for exams, with decades old scrawl over it in pen, ink and pairs of compasses marking them by the students that suffered there in whichever year. Then put the newspaper and the figurehead over the top of that. This would be kind of a nod to Alice Cooper and his iconic piece, School's Out, which could be viewed as much of an influence on Punk as the Pistols, themselves.

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Graphic-wise this poster is executed perfectly. Giving the poster no colour but the guy in the middle and "rebellion festival" makes a contrast which gives life to the poster.

The man is really well drawn, as are the letters. The rough edge the letters have is along the lines fo the rebellious punk. Well done.
The rest of the poster looks like it's done quick and sloppy, but that doesn't matter. It gives even more of a rebellion idea to the poster. Probably also because of how rough the backgrounds looks.

Probably the only thing I would've liked differently is to give an idea what the rebellion festival is. I guess if you see a poster, you'll also want some information about when the festival is, and what it is. Maybe it's because I don't really like punk music, but I wouldn't have known this is a poster for a punk festival if you wouldn't have written it in the author comments.

Apart from that it's pretty much a perfect poster. I could've seen it in the streets, and think that's a nice poster. So good job.

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Decky responds:

Thank you for the review :).

The reason that there is little information on this poster is because the college project involved creating two posters. This one is the more graphically driven piece, the other has more information, such as bands playing etc.

hey Decky,

On first impression, the art is very grainy and angst-filled. The background looks like you kinda just got the spray can in paint and sprayed a few blotches of white here and there. The presentation is quite chaotic, which sticks true to the theme of what you're trying to advertise, and the textures are quite raw.

You have executed your idea of rebellion quite consistently, and I can see what you are trying to do with the image of the guy in the middle. But it doesn't seem like the whole thing is cohesive, like it was just pasted on top. The stick figures and drawings in the background look kind of amateur too, even though it was probably on purpose. It looks a bit rushed.

However this poster serves it purpose. You display the theme of rebellion quite well, but the text is slightly hard to read because of the contrast of the red, black and white. It kind of looks like "rebellio festival" if you ask me (missing the 'n'). It does evoke rebellion as an emotion, a metaphor, and that you have succeeded at. It's just that your skill must match your vision.

You explore the subject of rebellion in a relatively competent manner, but it somehow doesn't seem like a fully-fleshed out theme is thought of. I think it's also added by the paint-esque signature on the bottom-left hand corner, with the smiley tongue-poking face, that seems kind of cheaply done. As for the punk influence, the guy's red fluorescent hair makes him seem like a punk-ish dude, but I'm not sure that the sign or stance reflects a punk attitude.

Overall, a well-realized vision of a poster, but could be well improved upon, if you had taken more time to care about the quality of what you were making.

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3.56 / 5.00

Mar 26, 2012 | 7:20 AM EDT
File Info
1500 x 2121 px
2.2 mb

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