The last project I did in college was to design a poster of pretty much anything I liked, so I worked on three different ideas. I did one based on the new Moomins film, one for an imaginary Enya album and one that’s more of an anti-army poster.

The Moomins poster I only worked on up to a point, time dictating that I had to move onto the next one. So, it isn’t great. Just an idea that didn’t bear the fruit that it would have done if I’d had the time. I had to make one poster as the final piece and this, needless to say, wasn’t it.

The film, as you can see, is called Moomins and the Comet Chase and is released this year (though I’m not sure of the month – I made August up). If you don’t know, The Moomins are a family of trolls in a series of children’s books written by Swedish-Finn author and illustrator Tove Jansson.

Moomins and the Comet Chase is a ‘fuzzy-felt’ animation, though in my poster I’ve gone for the look of the Japanese-Finnish animation series from the early 90’s which I’ve a real affection for. As a nice little surprise the film has some music in it from Bjork, she formerly of Icelandic band The Sugarcubes (an acquired taste, but I like ’em) and I think that kind of fits perfectly 🙂

Next up, I did a poster for an Enya album which doesn’t exist except in my head. I used some leaves in the design of it so I gave it the title The City of Falling Leaves after a poem (if you can call it that) I wrote and frequents some dark and shadowy corner of this website.

I did this in Photoshop and I was really quite pleased with it in the end. Maybe I’d do the odd thing differently but, on the whole, I can’t complain.

Lastly, I did a sort of anti-army poster. I get a bit riled up when I see recruitment adverts for the forces. I saw one years ago for the Royal Marines (which you can watch here) where it asks ‘What’s your limit?’ as a young hopeful is put through his paces. That’s all well and good in the training side of things but what about in a war zone? What are the limits there and who decides them? Those in command or the soldiers themselves who, being trained to kill, may well shoot first and questions later (and then shoot anyway)? How far will someone go before they say ‘no’?

Another similar advert I saw recently was for the Royal Navy where the sound bite was ‘Life Without Limits’. It reminded me of Michael Stipe from R.E.M. re-iterating cynically the US Army’s slogan ‘Be all that you can be, in the Army’ before the band played Orange Crush (a reference to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War) during their Green tour in 1988. God help us all if unquestioningly serving the governments of the world in spurious wars is the height of human achievement. These kinds of adverts are aimed at naive young people who don’t question beyond what they read in The Sun or what they see and hear on biased news and radio (the role of parents has to come in here and give them the other side of things). I was appalled to see an advert a year or two ago where soldiers sent out little spy planes from their desert hide-outs using X-Box 360 controllers!! (or something very similar if not the real thing). Nice one; get the gaming generation (kids, mostly, many hooked on war games as well) to think that war is a game. Dispense justice from so far away and in such a way that the conscience need never be pricked. The poster below may seem a bit extreme but, innocent men, women and children are killed all the time and doing it from far away doesn’t change the fact.

This poster is a bit of a mix between a few of the adverts I mentioned above.

This was my final piece poster. I’ve gone for a bit of a Banksy look to it (probably because of it’s underground slant) and, again, I did it in Photoshop. Of them all, I prefer the Enya one because it takes me to a place I’d much rather be – though I wouldn’t mind a visit to Moominvalley 😉

Well, before I get shot for opening my mouth, I’m outta here,