So, our next poster was the final Stormtrooper recruitment poster. We decided to do one based on the old pointing technique used in both the ‘Uncle Sam’ and ‘Lord Kitchener’ posters.It is used to give a personal viewpoint to the viewer- including them entirely.
“They evoke patriotism and guilt in those yet to enlist without straying as far as emotional blackmail,” says the National Army Museum’s David Bownes, co-author of Posters of the First World War. (BBC News, 2016).
The posters that inspired the posing.
Jakub also consulted us on the posing of the Stormtroopers and their overall arrangement. We agreed that the three troops should follow the eye line someway, deciding on a path like following. The two troopers push the eye towards the middle trooper and the background Imperial logo.
Robert took over the job of creating the mast heading for the poster but had difficulties figuring it out,due to the dark red and black colours we used in the background and in the troopers themselves. He experimented with framing the graphic in different colours- including the muted yellow below.
Robert’s initial edits.
Jakub and I took over and worked on creating the gradient look in the background with the black square in the foreground. We wanted to keep some of our posters linked with the same colour scheme and background layout so used the same techniques, including the gradient, in our Leia poster.
We then added Robert’s original typography to complete the image.
Wikipedia, (2016). Uncle Sam. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Sam#/media/File:Unclesamwantyou.jpg [Accessed 19 Feb. 2016].
BBC News, (2016). Kitchener: The most famous pointing finger – BBC News. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28642846 [Accessed 19 Feb. 2016].