When asked to create an image to contribute to 1200 Posters, how could I have said no? The first five designs have been wonderfully exciting, edgy, smart, and sweet. Each month I have found myself renewed by the fresh ideas brought to life by these hip young illustrators. I was definitely inspired to take on the challenge. Working on the April poster has been a terrific excuse to dust off my sense of whimsy and to be silly and to try something new. From now on, I will âexpect to be surprisedâ by the boundless possibilities of imagery and design that come from a collaborative effort like this. I have felt most engaged in communities where I am asked to put my best foot forward and am met with support and respect. I think that this project has engaged me in a similar way.
While sketching ideas for the poster, I felt like I had opened up a Pandoraâs box of potential pictures. No concept was too absurd to at least put down on paper. Sunbathing beetles and levitating baked goods ended up on the chopping block, but the opportunity to let them simmer in my studio for a little while was such a welcome benefit of this process. Once I arrived at the final, mysterious image with the help of art directors, Greg and Robyn, I painted with gouache and used markers for the line work and finished the piece digitally.
In the spirit of Wheatley's statement, I welcome the surprises that are to come from this community effort with open arms and Canada geese! — Caitlin Heimerl