A poster I created for an annual Queens College MFA event based on the works and life of Louis Armstrong. I used digital collage techniques that co­mbined my illustrative style with Armstrong’s art style. The color palette is based on two of his collages I saw in the archives at Queens College.

Below are some initial ideas and sketches.

Some of the scraps I used for the collage. I used pastel to add texture and contrast between the tape and the paper it was attached to.

I combined type and hand-drawn text to emulate a collection of random scraps. Using Futura and varying word spacing, I tried to emulate old newspapers and retro ads.

During the process, I made adjustments for anatomical correctness, clutter, and readability. Below is the chosen sketch versus the finalized poster.

February 19, 2019