Carolina Blues Festival Poster

Here’s the winning concept I submitted to the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society this year. It’s very tough to design a poster without knowing what text accompanies the art. I have no idea how the guy last year got hold of the line-up ahead of time but I figure he must have because it’s incorporated right into the artwork. Katie Thompson, art director at YES! Weekly did a good job of juggling the text around the central image, it was a challenge! Here’s the poster with all the text incorporated.  I was very pleased they picked this artwork for the fest, it’s a departure from your standard blues stuff, that’s for sure!  I’m also looking forward to going backstage this year! Come out and see the show and see me too!

PS-If anybody from the PBPS is reading this, please let me design the t-shirt!


Rich Powell

I'm an artist/illustrator residing in a small, North Carolina town. I worked for a few years as a conceptual artist and art director in the computer game industry but set off on my own to freelance. I currently do humorous illustration and cartoons for publications such as MAD Magazine and Highlights for Children.

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7 Responses

  1. nolan galloway says:

    Very nice, Rich! Although I hate it when an awesome piece of art gets all cluttered up with text. 🙂

    • Rich Powell says:

      Thanks Nolan. Oh well, it was a contest after all and the text needed to be in there somewhere. It’s a challenge to both the artist and the designer who has to add the text afterwards!

  2. george esparza says:

    Eric Gales is worth the ticket price …oh yeah nice Poster

  3. george esparza says:

    Black Cat Bone ….Love it …no You Da’ Man

  4. Mark says:

    Congrats Rich. Great work.

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