1000 Words

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I first started dabbling in the world of graphic design when I was about 13, but it wasn't until my late teen years that I fell in love with vector art illustrations...and I owe it all to iconic street artist and founder of OBEY, Shepard Fairey.

I've always wanted to do a piece inspired by him, but I never knew what to make. At my workplace, Pas De Deux Hawaii, we are prepping for our upcoming dance concert this March. The theme for this show entitled, "1000 Words", is inspired by great works of art (hence the title, which comes from the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words."). As soon as I found out the theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to create for our show poster!

I recreated Fairey's infamous "Make Art Not War" piece but replaced the girl on his design with the 1st international ballerina, Anna Pavlova (to keep it relevant with the dance community).

Fairey's original piece on the left, my recreation on the right.

I also did a second version just for fun with the vintage propagandist style that Fairey is also known for.

I spent a looonnng time trying to find a similar font to the one he used until about like 3846378563 hours later, I just decided to vector the letters for "1000 Words". That was time consuming but so worth it! And just a disclaimer, I take no credit for the design concept; it's all credited to Shepard Fairey. This piece was a long time coming and I'm quite satisfied with it. Teenage me is so happy I finally got to make this :)

Thank you Shepard Fairey for your amazing style and work that has continued to inspire me for more than a decade <--- and boy does that word make me feel old -__-

Photo of Shepard Fairey found via Google Images

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