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Community Project: Gig Poster Showdown!

This post is part of a series called Poster Design.
How to Create an Inspirational Poster Design
Create an Art Nouveau Poster in Illustrator

If your digital art-form was a band, what style of music would it play? Is your Vector style bright and crazy like J-Pop? Do you rock Photoshop harder than Death Metal? Are you more like a Super Group of Show Stopping Mixed Media? As part of this Creative Session, we’re calling on our readers to strut their stuff on the Tuts+ virtual stage and go head to head in a massive Battle of the Bands Posters!

Will “The Vectors” have what it takes to win the glory or will “The Rasters” bring the house down in a performance that’s not to be missed? Turn the music up, kick your imagination into gear and share your creations with the community.

Creative Session – Project Brief

Think of your creativity as a musical genre. Take some time to consider your personal style, write down some descriptive words and peruse your folio. When you come up with a genre (it may be Acoustic, Experimental, Pop, Disco, Rock, or any other style you choose) listen to some music in that style and sketch some of your first impressions.

An example of the process:

At the moment, lots of my drawings are in black and white and feature skulls, so I would base my poster on the style of Classic Rock. While listening to some Rock music I may sketch out some more skulls, perhaps a guitar and some flames, I will then have the beginnings of a pretty cool band poster. I would then continue to sketch out some ideas and take the best one into Illustrator for rendering. Once I’m finished, and have applied some text in a cool font, my Band Poster is finished and ready to share with the Vectortuts+ Facebook Group


Once you’ve chosen a style, you need to think about the format. A common size for a poster is A2 in size (594 x 420 mm), but because this project is for screen, a 600px by 800px JPG is ideal.

You poster can be made using any medium or software package you like, just be sure to add a note about your medium and style of music when you upload your artwork.

Suggested Band Names:

You can use any name you like, here’s a list of suggestions the Envato staff thought of

  • The Vectors
  • The Rasters
  • Color Mode
  • The Offset Path
  • Save Selection
  • Add New Layer
  • The 404s
  • The MegaBytes
  • Browser Boys
  • Blue Screen of Death
  • The Pixels
  • Magnetic Polygon
  • The Transparent Seas
  • Add More Noise
  • Send to Back
  • Undo Redo
  • One Pixel Border
  • Lady VarVar
  • Jay Control-Z
  • Lil' Layer
  • Motherboard

How to Participate!

  1. Join the Vectortuts+ Facebook Group
  2. Upload your poster to the Vectortuts+ "Wall" with a short description of how it was made


  • Artwork can be any style or theme and in any medium you choose, this is a project for everyone!
  • You don't have to spend hours and hours on your piece, the project's aim is to be fun, fast and individual.
  • You may submit more than one design, as long as each one is unique
  • The final image must be a 600px wide, 72dpi RGB Jpg (to fit our blog template).
  • When you publish your work on Facebook, please include one or two paragraphs about yourself and/or your work and a link to your website / online portfolio.


If you upload your design to the Vectortuts+ Facebook Group by 10th Feb 2011 Eastern Standard Time, you will go in the running to Win one of Five Giveaways. We'll be selecting 5 random winners that participate in the project to receive $25 each in marketplace credits. These credits can be used in any of our Envato marketplaces. Sessions are all about improving your design skills in a fun and relaxed way, so winners will be chosen at random. Goodluck!

Our Vectortuts+ Facebook Group recently passed the 10,000 Likes mark, great milestone to hit, woohoo!


Flight of the Chonchords - Sil Screen Print by DKNGstudios

GUIMARÃES JAZZ 2010 by Atelier Martino & Jaña

Vampire Weekend by Spike Press

Architecture in Helsinki by DKNGstudios

"Gig Poster" by Ivan Khmelevsky

Aquaman by Michael Myers

Rock & Roll by Minga

"Gig Poster" by Ivan Khmelevsky

BLDG Editions Tommy Sheehan

"GMS 09 Type" Nicolas Girard

Ray-Ban Clubmaster d.kele

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