When I used to think of a poster, I would instantly imagine a teenager’s room, walls plastered with images of boy bands or the hot actor/actress.
It’s not the most flattering association, and as an adult, I see posters don’t have to mean something cheap, temporary and disposable (like the Leonardo Dicaprio poster of my youth).
Instead, artists and illustrators craft beautiful works that happen to be in poster form.
1. This simple, limited palette poster is minimal in both color and line work, but this doesn't take away from envying the swimmer and her floaty!
2. This poster doubles as a calendar for the year. Every flower in the vase corresponds to its official birth month.
3. Combining the nostalgia of paint-by-numbers and an uplifting message, this poster is a perfect reminder to stay positive.
4. Josh Ln culture clashes in this poster, putting the X-Men in Egyptian hieroglyphics. The subtlety of this application makes the viewer do a double-take.
5. Luke Best combines analog and digital ways of working. Using different collage techniques, he creates multilayered images.
6. This inconspicuous gig poster focuses more on the image of a sea dragon than it does on the information. It is stylish as well as dramatic.
7. A stylized depiction of female anatomy by Raymond Biesinger. It is a 36-point anatomy chart that also has a male poster counterpart.
8. When working in limited colors, don’t forget mark-making and texture can help define and design your composition.
9. Poster duo Landland crafted a crustacean-themed image, making it an addition in a kitchen or dining area.
10. Minimalism plays a large role in this gig poster by Jason Munn. Using shapes as symbols, the poster is easy to read and eye-catching from afar.
Get your illustration on!
As you can see, posters don’t just have to be limited to heartthrobs. Illustrations make posters unique and perfect for framing and displaying for years to come.