Designing for Troy Cloth and Paper's TNO Print Off!

Final Troy Night Out Poster Design

Final Troy Night Out Poster Design

Original shirt design that inspired the poster

Original shirt design that inspired the poster

Participating in Troy Cloth and Paper's Troy Night Out Print Off! was such a great experience. About six months ago I had done a design in a similar style for a client that didn't end up going live. I had so much fun with this hand done illustration, which is much different than my typical work, that I knew I wanted to expand on it. 

I contacted Troy Cloth and Paper (whose prints I've always admired) and asked if I could participate. They were really excited about the idea, since the theme of the month was history - and the evening was the celebrate Troy's Bicentennial of being a city! My original Albany 'sketch' fit right in with the theme. 

I started with some research (thanks Wikipedia!) and did some loose pencil sketches of the 'events' I wanted to feature in the poster. From there I broke out the marker paper and my favorite Pigma pen (s/o to the 1mm - my favorite for this type of work) and start redrawing the sketches and trying to fit them into each other. I learn so much about Troy's history through this project! 

Early Sketches

Early Sketches

From there, I brought the art to the computer so I could do more fine tweaking and redrawing parts if need be. Color for me always comes last - we ended up going with a kraft paper with red ink (very patriotic and has a vintage, handmade vibe) and a black paper with white ink (fun!). 

It was awesome to see my art being pulled in person. If you are interested in having a little piece of Troy history for yourself - check them out here. Thanks again to Troy Cloth and Paper for this opportunity to try something new.