This was one of my favorite assignments. We had the pleasure of illustrating Adia Victoria for class. She visited us while she had some downtime from her tour and writing new music. She came in and was reading us this beautiful poetry in French. Then at the end, she said this is the last chapter. So I named her illustration after that moment.
I went through several rough sketches and this final picture is a mixture of digital composition. I used pictures of splattered paint around the school. Then I wrote her lyrics to a song on the back of the picture.
I created several versions of what I sketched during our sketch session with Adia. I wanted to create her mood and feeling from the reading. She went really deep and I wanted to match her layers. She is considered a southern gothic singer so I wanted to capture that feeling in the illustration.
She also read a dark poem. It was beautiful but she was really vunerable in that moment. She also read passages in French.
The Tin Pan South Festival is a uniquie music festival in Nashville that offers the only singers in the round type of show. Where the singers sit in the middle of the room and play new songs or current songs that they are writing. I wanted to create a poster that represented the grit of song writing. My illustration style is rather expressive and not refined so I figured I would ink a picture of a guy playing a guitar.
I had other verisons. There's one below in the rough comp section that shows song writers in the round. I was orginally going to move forward with that one but I felt like it created a different emotion. I felt the stand alone guitarist was a better feel.