Graphic design brings the rock

on Tuesday,September 29,2009 17:09


With the prevalence of amateur friendly design tools like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, rock poster art has continued to flourish since its inception.

Art bordering on advertising, rock posters first gained prominence as a by-product of hippie culture in the 1960''s San Francisco – encapsulating the subculture by experimentally combining image and message as one unique expression of the artist''s desires, claims Dennis King of RockPosterCollector.com

Early techniques were quite rudimentary, relying on pencils, gum paste and X-acto knives before embracing Xerox machines and photocopiers – but modern posters are works of high-tech art.

"Everyone has Photoshop," says Tom Gallo, himself a musician and graphic designer out of Sommerville, Massachusetts. "There is an overload of work that is not authentic and not high quality, but I welcome all of it. The most important thing is creating art."

Hubs for poster art have also found a home online with outlets like Gigposters.com and RockPosterCollector.com serving as both gallery and marketplace to an art form that some might consider off the wall.

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