Don’t Miss a Beat Jazz Festival in Jacksonville Florida Contest – A Process

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A few months ago I participated in a contest to design an inaugural poster for the Don’t Miss a Beat Jazz Festival in Jacksonville Florida, happening this upcoming July 24th, 2021.

It was one of my first time creating with very specific directives, and I found it fun to do so! I wanted to celebrate women’s contribution in Jazz and that is why drew a lady playing trumpet.

My inspiration is drawn from different places. Fist, her pose is a “clin d’oeil” to Miles Davis’ iconic pose, the background was inspired by the Jacksonville flag, and her hair is the shape of the city borders:

I started by sketching my ideas on my notepad as such than retraced it on my ipad.

drawing of a woman playing the trumpet
I started to sketch my drawing in my notebook

Here’s a little Timelapse video of retracing my idea on my iPad:

Timelapse of the drawing

Eventually I recreated everything in Adobe Illustrator. Here’s my final take on the design! What do you think?

contestant poster of don't miss a beat jazz festival

Although my design was not selected, I wanted to share it and explain my creative process.

Congratulations to local visual artist Carolyn Audije for winning the contest. I had much fun participating.

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