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The Errand

About this Poster

In terms of aesthetic, classic animators such as Sylvain Chomet and Hayao Miyazaki were a big influence for this poster. As I’ve grown, I’ve come to realize that many of these movies are a perfect blend of reality and absurdity. Conceptually I wanted to reflect the reality that many people carry all of their experiences on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes the unnecessary or sad bits fall off, but the journey is still moving and progressing.

18.0″ x 24.0
French Paper, Construction, Whitewash
3-color screen print

Meet Derek Knierim

Denver, Colorado USA

I’ve always been inspired by cartoons, video games and comic books. This is likely because I feel the subject matter and worlds created within them are always breaking creative boundaries. While sometimes these things can be based on the world we live in, they are often new and fresh and find ways to present some sort of positivity to the world.

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Back Story

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Iterating Quickly

With most projects like this I like to iterate quickly with sketches in my sketchbook, and digital drawings. Once I established the look of everything I began refining details in Photoshop, while sometimes using layers to experiment with alternate versions. After nailing down the final look and composition, I contacted my amazing friends at Kill Screen Press to help me get this poster tangible!

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Five From Three

With some helpful advice on halftones I learned recently, I was able to get what looks like a five-color print while only using three colors. Overlapping colors to get the best economy with ink was one of my greatest challenges / lessons learned with this poster. I’m always trying to push myself in regards to creativity and process. Approaching a project in this way can sometimes mean taking a risk, but I feel the knowledge learned from this is one of the best rewards!

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One of my favorite expressions is “onward and upward,” and I view bicycles as the most appropriate representation of this saying.