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A Way Out

for the Vera Project

The Hotelier's sophomore effort Home, Like Noplace Is There burns with a five-alarm intensity throughout the entirety of it's ten tracks. But the album's first track in particular, the aptly titled an "An Introduction to the Album," stands out for it's emotional urgency and crashing instrumentation. "I searched for a way out. Don't we all?" the song's narrator asks a friend, in an attempt to coax them off the ledge. "We're all alone. Grab a hold."

I loved the image of an unnamed person being pulled from the dark as a metaphor, not just of this song, but of the band's music as a whole — intimate, often anonymous ruminations on darkness, mortality, and occasionally, hope. Reflecting the grit and angst of the band's music, I pulled in a variety of source materials to add texture1 and depth to the poster — from spray paint and scanned-in metal type to stars in the night sky. The final poster is a two-color, hand-pulled silkscreen print on #100 bright white Domtar Cougar cover stock.

1. If you want to tap into some really fantastic ideas about adding texture to your work, I'd suggest checking out Andrew Fairclough's (Kindred Studio) Skillshare class, "True Grit: Handmade Textures & Halftones for Designers & Illustrators." His work is fantastic, as is his process.

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