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Microurban Apocalypse Window Posters

I was recently commissioned by Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space (C.A.T.S.) to produce three awesome large-format window posters for their Escape Room. See below for my process.

Window Display

Final Poster

I started thumbnailing ways to use Champaign-Urbana landmarks in some kind of end-of-the-world or retro way. We started steering towards old pulp magazine covers.

Conceptual

Thumbnails

Roughs

Comp

We narrowed down the locations to the Art Theater, UIUC Quad, and the Urbana Market on the Square.

Comp

Final Comp

The rough final is essentially a color script made almost entirely with the Lasso tool. I used to do this process in Photoshop with the Pen Tool to keep file size down and allow scaleability, but backend changes in Photoshop CC makes Photoshop vectors unstable and a CPU hog. All I do is raster now.

Rough Final

Detail view. I really liked the balance between minimalism and vague detail I achieved with the orange Asian restaurant. It’s something I’ve been trying to do for a while, and it will guide a portion of my future projects.
Detail

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