Interesting composition! Though it is kind of worrying that his entire head is asymmetrical, like how his nose doesn’t line up with his mouth and his ears aren’t the same size. It doesn’t look stylized, just messy.
That and your loose, unpolished technique gives your work a cheapened, amateurish feel. Looking at a lot of your stuff, your sketchy drawing and shading method kind of screams “student”. Nice use of background textures, though, and the white speech bubble is a cool touch.
If you knew Greg’s personality, you would know that a perfectly symmetrical, mellow poster would simply not fit for the performance that he put on.
The reason why the head is asymmetrical is exactly to get across the point of his wild personality; that, and an asymmetrical drawing is far more interesting than a symmetrical drawing.
The reason why that ear was exaggerated was to bring more attention to the Kosika earring (as he played Kosika for part of the performance).
Why is the side view of a swan more associated with its beauty than a front-on view? Because it’s asymmetrical, and its unique, asymmetrical neck becomes a focus.
I don’t know if you had the opportunity to check out the panel for Coraline, which was held in Alhambra earlier this year. The designers were told specifically to make sure that everything was asymmetrical– because it adds a lot more personality, and honestly? Is any organic thing in life truly symmetrical? No– everything has its quirks. And asymmetry is far more interesting than symmetry, visually-speaking.
That “loose, unpolished look” leads back to his personality being really wild. And keeping a sketchy drawing style (as opposed to a perfectly clean line) greatly supports the illusion of motion. Guess what, I’m an animator. Gesture reigns supreme in the work I make.
Take a look at the Impressionists. They wanted to make an impression. Take a look at Dave McKean’s paintings– “sketchy” is perfectly fine in the world of art. This poster was meant to be viewed from a long distance, not examined as a perfectly-rendered painting on a gallery wall. It was meant to give an impression of what to expect at the recital, and was meant to draw people in to take a look at it.
And know what? It worked.
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