Siouxsie and the Banshees

Illustration | Print Design | Typography

A gig poster and supporting merchandise for a fictional Siouxsie and the Banshees concert. Instead of imagining the concert as a reunion, I decided to think about what visuals for the band would look like if they were around today.

Duration 1 week
Roles Illustration | Hand Lettering
Tools Illustrator | Photoshop
Problem

Siouxsie and the Banshees style has been fairly experimental throughout the ages, and they always stand out as being on the outskirts of what’s cool. They needed a visual that would help them stand out in the music scene today.

Goal

Create an event poster and visual assets that reflect the bands unique point of view while reimagining how the band would fit in today. Dissect the bands lyrics and really get at the messages they weave throughout their songs.

Solution

Create a colorful, out of the ordinary visual that will make the band stand out.

Research

I started this process by intensively dissecting the Siouxsie and the Banshees discography. While dissecting their lyrics, I noticed that Siouxsie writes a lot of songs about people who put up fronts, people who put on masks, and who are falsely nice. This idea of fake sweetness kept arising as I listened more, and became a theme throughout my mind mapping and sketching phases.

After forming a direction I created a style board to direct me visually. Bringing the band into 2017 meant fitting them in with other strong feminine bands like Tacocat, Shannon And The Clams and Chastity Belt. Bright colors and creepy imagery were brought in to support the ideas I found in my previous mind mapping

Process

My sketching continued with the idea of spoiled or fake sweetness as the lead. The melting popsicle became a perfect image, and adding the human form created that creepy factor I needed to form a deeper connection to her lyrics.

I started by bringing my sketches into illustrator. Playing with colors that would help this early spring concert stand out and blurring the popsicle/torso line as much as possible. Finally scanning in my hand lettering, and retracing it to give that digital, fake shiny look.

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