Jeff Forster Poster: October, 2013
If the work is interesting enough, it should make the poster. I wanted to present the title as if it were projected onto the piece. The slight distortion to the type is thanks to a displacement map.
I like adding quotes from the artist statement. It adds a personal touch. A hint to the viewer. A clue. Something to say… “hey! You! You may relate to this. Come and see the rest of my work.”
I remember this show. The pieces were heavy. Special custom mounts were made for the pieces to hang on the wall. If they had fallen, the marble beneath would have felt it.
I have always been attached to atmospheric firing, but sadly as much as I want to build a soda/salt kiln in my backyard, the city of Fort Worth has codes. I’ll have to purchase some land out in the country somewhere. Wish. Wish.
Registration Poster Series, November 2015
Remember the background. Don’t leave it alone. Don’t leave it as an afterthought. I was tasked with creating posters for spring registration. I wanted to start with the background patterns. Theme was based on arcs, circles and lines with rounded caps. I do have my favorites color combinations, but I can’t help myself when it comes to adding texture in Photoshop. I am a sucker for Blending Modes. With a simple brown paper bag and a camera you can get some really interesting things. Some of the posters glow and I love it. If you haven’t played around with Blending Modes in Photoshop yet. Do it! You don’t know what you are missing. It make the most flat work have depth and dynamism.
More importantly though is that they are working. I teach 2 of the classes here and I have already recruited students for next semester.
Look how far I’ve come. When I got to Tarrant County College in 2010, this was the poster I designed for registration. I remember thinking that the artwork should play center stage and nothing should distract from it. I was also new here, scared to take risks. Scared to offend. Even now I do still think some of that is still present, but I have to consider my audience. Most want it legible and thats it. Short and to the point. And so, I went with white. It seemed safe. In hindsight, it seems sterile and clinical. I can’t believe seeing these side by side. What a leap!
Four Walls Poster: November 2013
Simple and to the point. I could have skewed the type in program (either Illustrator or Photoshop), but the romantic notion of “hands-on” tempted my heart. Four Walls is a concept for an exhibition whereby 4 student artists are chosen to create a work of art on one of our four gallery walls. Lakeview gallery, Tarrant County College Northwest.
Though simple, this is probably the poster I am most proud of. Yes, it is up there. I think because it is an elegant solution to what could be a complex problem if you were to use software only. As you can see, there were a number of configurations for the foam-core walls. I chose to a configuration that honored the same placement in the gallery. After importing the photo in computer, I had to sell the type as transparent. So, the foam-core became like a maquette of sorts–guiding type I would create in program (Illustrator).
I was loads of fun to do and I am so pleased with the outcome.
Poster for this year’s Dada Day celebration. This event gets bigger and better every year at TCC.
Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I am helping to curate a show this spring at our TCC Northwest Lakeview Gallery. I’m really excited about the idea, and how it is fitting in with some prioritization we’re making in the visual arts department towards helping our students learn about careers in the arts. The show, Game Dev, will feature both the conceptual and in-progress art work that is part of the process of game design, and completed interactive games and multimedia presentations. The closing reception will be a part of Fort Worth’s Spring Gallery Night. I designed this poster to help sell it to the students on campus:
Dada day poster. Professor in charge wanted an “End of the World/Mayan Calendar” feel.
Dada day is literally an all out chaos theory nightmare at TCCD NW, but it sure is all around good creative fun for students.