Tuesday, June 28, 2011

artwork spotlight | on the cover

I know I said the series on artwork for the 2011-2012 brochure was over, but I have since realized that I neglected the cover!

This is the cover we all know and love, assembled by the wonderful Tim Anderson of Alphabet Communications from Emily Cooper's artwork.  Clean and simple, it gives a slice of the artwork for each show that is (hopefully) just intriguing enough to make you want to learn more without being overwhelming.

As per usual, we went through a couple of other, wildly different versions.

This was the very first draft.  If you ask me, a stunning piece of artwork in and of itself.  This was when we were playing with the idea of having every show represented by birds.  This bird, emerging from its nest, represented the idea of a season (or an individual play) being born (or hatching) out into the universe.  The lady appears to be holding a cane, and looks like she just might break out into a can-can - she's ready for her spotlight!  Unfortunately, as beautiful as the image was, it just didn't quite speak to the season of plays.

The next idea was to take one of the "characters" from each of the brochure images and put them on a stage together.  This certainly captured the whimsical and creative nature of the rest of the brochure, as well as the possibilities of what can be done with collage.  Again, as much as we loved it, we had a niggling idea that the cover of our brochure might need to be a little more simple.  The next draft was the final draft, perfectly containing the dynamic nature of each collage image into a simple format.  Just what we needed.

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