So, I’ve long been using Photoshop for all the design work I’ve done, and that’s fine for most things, but it can’t export high-quality vector files, and that’s what screenprinters usually use for t-shirts. I remember sending an amazing design to the printer for my college’s marching band, and being told they couldn’t use it because it wasn’t built into an EPS file. Eventually, they figured they would just replicate it themselves using Illustrator, but I’m sure we probably got charged extra.
And so, the other night, I decided it was high time for me to start learning how to use Illustrator. I know it’s got more powerful tools for exporting high-quality vectors. The poster at left is the first thing I’ve ever made, and it’s mostly an exercise with learning to control the Pen tool. I decided to make a concert poster for a concert my college orchestra did my senior year, because the piece performed has become one of my favorites. You can read about it here, but Ralph Vaughan Williams essentially orchestrated the Song of Solomon. I chose the lily for two reasons:
1. The English translation of the (Latin) title “Flos Campi” is “Flower of the Field”.
2. The first movement’s title is a verse from the Song of Solomon: “As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.”
I think it’s fitting. The blue is intended to be mountains, not that mountains are mentioned, but I figured they’d be fairly striking.