Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Angel of Mons

This project was a commission, in which I was asked to create a poster to accompany a piece of music, commemorating the anniversary of the ‘Angel of Mons’. In the early weeks of the Great War, a winged angel appearing to British Expeditionary troops above the battlefield, warning them to retreat.

Mock-ups 


The idea behind the mock-ups (above) is to capture the energy of the angel, representing this, instead of the physical form. 


Again, I have chosen to represent the angel metaphysically. A bursting ray of light shinning down on a soldier, quickly praying before he joins his comrades in the battlefield. 


The mock-up above takes a more literal approach. The sky is broken, by the descending angel, revealing outer space. The path coming down from the sky symbolised the road the soldiers retreated on. Researching the 'Angel of Mons', the images of the soldiers retreating stood out to me.  


The design above was chosen by the client to be finalised. In this design I choose to have an outline of the angel, not incorporating any features, as I thought this was a good balance between giving some information away but not too much. 




Above are all the text layouts I experimented with before I decided on the best placement. 
I thought that having the text in the silhouette of the head, subtracted too much from the background, and the text looked like it was floating too much, and the text in the background did not stand out enough. 

Final Poster








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