Gig posters are dangerous territory. Swing the right side and they can be beautiful works of art – the kind you buy regardless of whether you are a die-hard fan or just a casual observer – but swing the wrong side and you are in all sorts of trouble. Call me shallow but I for one judge bands on their artwork, show me a beautifully designed poster and I’m there, genre regardless, show me a bad one and let’s just say the band has a lot of making up to do.
Luckily for Ottawa’s host of musicians (not so lucky for me several thousand miles away), when it comes to designing gig posters local illustrator Ross Proulx, with his obvious natural eye for design, has perfected it down to a tee. With his use of clean lines, simplistic designs and bold block colours, his work will wow you with such beauty that whatever the gig, you’ll be dying to have his posters plastered centre stage upon your wall.
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