The making of creativity is in the (h)air

Creativity is in the (h)air is a winning poster I designed for a contest at my art school. The idea was simple: you get a blank poster with the text, make something in black and white.

I started off with a few different ideas, but I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do something with the hair and with doodle art (inspired by the great Kerby Rosanes).

My first design featured the Queen of England, going crazy due to the creativity flowing from the pencil she is holding.

I really liked that design, but it occured to me that the Queen would not be recognizable because no one has seen her that way. Her attire is the only thing that identifies her.

Her majesty the Queen of England sure does change when she get the creative groove.

Her majesty the Queen of England sure does change when she get the creative groove.

I went for a second design, of a figure wearing a painter’s coat. But I didn’t think it had any added value.

Figure with a painter's coat. I didn't like that one.

Figure with a painter’s coat. I didn’t like that one.

This last one is the final design. Still a draft, but I like it best when it was left blank.

Digital draft of the final design.

Digital draft of the final design.

The digital draft still had to be put on paper, which roughly took me some 25 hours total. I love noodling and adding tiny details to the paper.

First round: pencils.

First round: pencils.

Second round: contours.

Second round: contours.

Third round: adding blacks.

Third round: adding blacks.

The finished piece

The finished piece

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