2012 Lumière Festival poster

2012 Lumière Festival poster

Once again this past year, I had the honour of working on the poster for the annual Lumière festival. As with years past, there was a theme, and this year’s theme was stories. I presented the client with three concepts: one, a father and child with lanterns for heads, reading a book together as images float around them; two, an image of Scheherezade from 1001 Arabian Nights, against a sea of lanterns, and three, a pop-up book with a conceptual tree strewn with lanterns, with a figure climbing a ladder to place another. The client liked the pop-up book concept, but wanted the tree to look more like the trees in Ottawa’s Stanley Park. They also wanted more people among the layers of the tree.

lanternheads conceptlf - scheherezadelf - pop-up book

I played a lot with this layout and background, using different brushes to achieve the look of a starry night sky and thick brushes to imply a stylized backlighting of the tree. I loved working on this poster – I always do. There is always something magical and fantastical in the mood I try to achieve, and I love to translate this mood to my finished illustration. I hope I get to work on it once again in 2013!