"Ready, Set, FLY" poster design

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My winning submission to a poster contest sponsored by Gilah Press, a letterpress print shop in Baltimore, MD. Only 10 artists' designs were selected for inclusion in an upcoming limited-edition letterpress-printed poster box set.

The theme, which was to be interpreted any way we like, was "Ready, Set, FLY." Here's the story behind my concept:

My fiancée and I love penguins, and we identify strongly with them since they mate for life and share child-rearing responsibilities. In fact, "penguin" or "pengy" are among our list of pet names for each other. Several years ago, we missed an opportunity to take a South American cruise, on which several land excursions were offered off the southern coast to visit penguin rookeries and walk amongst them. We vowed to one day make it down there and finally surround ourselves with hundreds of these lil' guys.

So I chose to represent this experience in this poster. There is a bit of sadness and longing depicted, with melancholy icy hues and forlorn penguin couple gazing upward at the constant reminders of their flightlessness. Yet, despite their despondency, they have each other, and there is still a glimmer of hope, that one day, these penguins may take flight...

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