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2015 – 2016 Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Posters

In 2015, I decided to go in for purchasing Adobe Illustrator since I’d be using for both CSO posters and my knitting pattern diagrams. Like everything, it was an educational process since I’m the type to jump in and get a tool working, rather than take the time for a class.

I set up a workspace with “artboards” for the whole season. This way I can see, compare, and use elements across the group of posters and ads. And what goes on the first poster tends to set the theme for the season.

CSO Mahler Concert - CSO Posters

There are always head-shots of the musical guests, along with a lot of text and sponsor logos. I like to pick a color scheme for the text to draw attention to the soloist. In the case of the Mahler poster above Indra Thomas‘s beautiful photo has a lovely green-grey backdrop that I wanted to work with. And as a new Illustrator user, playing with text appearance was the most fun, so I decided I had my theme for the season. All the posters would have roughly the same layout with the “Cambridge Symphony Orchestra” text working with the soloist head-shots.

 

CSO Holiday Pops - CSO Posters

Here for “Holiday Pops” I chose Adobe’s subtle sparkle effect for the CSO text along with an already festive head-shot of  Jennifer Sgroe and a happy photo of Cynthia Woods.

CSO Family Concert - CSO Posters

The Family Concert in January always features are remarkably talented young musician, this year was no exception. Visually, I loved that Yoo Jin Ahn‘s cute head-shot has a white background. The CSO text illustrator fun for this concert was the bright pastel colors from the Illustrator “graphic styles” library.

CSO Russian Masters - CSO Posters

Doing this for a couple of years now, I have to say the March concert always throws me for a loop for the color scheme. If I use springtime green it makes people think of St Patrick’s Day which is almost never the concert theme, and especially since the program for this concert is “The Russian Masters” I had to work with something else. I went with a color theme in the red and blue spectrum since using the grey in the soloists head-shot would make the poster too dreary, giving the CSO text a circular blue gradient glow.

 

CSO Chamber - CSO Posters

The Chamber players need a poster from time to time, and I could go off the season’s theme trying something new. I played with Illustrator paths to create a fun swirly violin, and I loved this effect so much it is going to be the theme of the 2016-2017 posters.

The Prince and the Firebird - CSO Posters

This Firebird show with the accompanying ballet ended the classical season with a bang. The concert was a labor of love for many, with the dancers and musicians using their creativity to bring this event to the next level. I contributed with the painting “The Prince and the Firebird” that I was able to work into this poster format. Having too much fun with color and design I created this surface design line at Spoonflower.

Pops on the Lawn - CSO posters

And finally, for the end of the season I had some more Illustrator fun, creating warped text for the title. The CSO logo is still recognizable with the SYMPHONY portion shown in bold. The entire image has an under layer of crumpled paper to portray a summer-of-love type vibe to it. I used color picker to pull the color from the sponsorship logo to use for the background and lettering.

Often the tools used and project restrictions dictate what the posters will look like. The limits, I find, help the creative process, if only to keep projects from being over-designed.

The one most important thing that I have learned in this post-tech artistic life: designing is decision making.

 

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Squam Art Workshops – Spring 2015

I never wrote a blog post about the Squam Art Workshops before, though I’ve been attending since 2011. I suppose I never knew how to put it all into words: meeting great people, taking intriguing classes, dodging “woo”, and, well, the food.

So, how about some photos…

The lovely work of @supgup & @siercia #squamartworkshops

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@mindytsonas had a lovely "dream launcher" for us #squamlove #squamartworkshops

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#squamartworkshops #latergram

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Our cabin, Cliffside #squamlove #squamartworkshops

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@yarnonthehouse is my cabinmate at #squamartworkshops #squamlove living the dream

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This was on the way to the dining hall, though not done by @supgup and @sierca as I wrote on my original caption.

More @supgup @siercia #squamlove #squamartworkshops awesomeness

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Working at home later.

 

I also took Gudrun Johnston‘s Short Row class, which was really helpful – I really had no idea there were 4 different ways to do short-rows, and that the one way I knew – turns out I was doing it wrong. I took no photos in this class, as it was a knitting circle, basically. Her designs are beautiful, she had a container full of them where she showed us where she used short rows. Such an inspiration.

But, then, it ends. We say goodbye to everyone at breakfast and we go.

So to console myself on the way home there was a stop at Mr Mac‘s, which really needs to be a national chain.

Mr Mac's on the way home #glutenfree #squamartworkshops

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But, I mean, this.

Dock at Squam Lake #latergram #squamlove #squamartworkshops

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thank you, Squammies, for being awesome,

H

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I’ve been double dog dared

The ladies at the Squam Art Workshops are keeping us in creativity by putting up the challenge to accomplish something on our lists by the end of March.

My double dog dare, I suppose, will be to get this blog current by moving the content from my old site over… and post the dang knitting patterns over here. And… maybe do some sewing, which involves setting up my sewing area which I haven’t done since I moved. Sewing projects? a dress? I’ve always wanted to try jeans? or maybe upholster my reading chair?

Thanks to the Squam people for keeping us with our eye on our work.