Magic of the Musicals

Friday 26 September 2014

An image of the finished poster design

Over the last week or so I have been working on a new poster design for the talented Anna Bolton. In October Anna is running a fabulous one-day course based on songs and scenes from Billy Elliot, where she will be helping participants to develop their singing, dancing and acting skills.

Anna runs the ‘Magic of the Musicals’ courses for children in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. Each course is themed around a musical or film, with previous courses featuring material from Matilda the Musical, Mamma Mia, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, and Les Miserables.

For Anna’s poster I wanted to create a design that echoed styles used to promote musicals. I felt that a relatively dark and dramatic background with a bright spotlight would help to create a feeling of being on stage. I created the background artwork in Photoshop by building up 64 carefully blended layers.

A series of four images showing the process of constructing the spotlight graphic used in the poster

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