Central Michigan Roller Derby
As a graphic designer for West Auburn Media, I took over the design work for one of our clients: Central Michigan Roller Derby. We mostly do posters for their home games, but we've also designed tee-shirts for them as well. Doing these posters has been an exciting excercise for me; each game (or "bout") has its own theme, which I get to incorporate into the poster designs. I've also been given a decent amount of creative freedom, which allows me to put out some really fun pieces. All of the illustrations in the works below were hand drawn by me, scanned, then reworked with Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop. Check out CMRD's website and their facebook.
Theme: Totally 80's, or "kicking it oldschool." I drew inspiration from Duran Duran's Rio album cover and the loud, neon colors that seem to go hand-in-hand with the decade.
Theme: Fan appreciation bout. No specific concept, but they really wanted to use some of their photographs. The angles from the title are echoed throughout the piece, which brings a lot of action to the piece.
No specific theme, but I thought an angular, pin-up-esque approach would be fun.
Theme: March Madness. I wanted to create an angular, action-heavy composition.
Theme: Zombies vs. Vampires. This is CMRD's annual Halloween bout, every year the players dress up as either a Zombie or a Vampire to participate in this friendly scrimmage. (Left: 2016 version, Right: 2014 version)
Zombies vs Vampires 2013 scrimmage.
Again, with the Annual Zombies vs Vampires bout, tee-shirts are sold to raise funds. I created this for their 2013 installment and they've used it every year since.
No specific theme, but the team wanted to use a bunch of photos.
Theme: Skate your Heart Out.
Theme: Super Heroes. The obvious course of action here was to create a poster that mimicked a comic book cover.
Theme: 8-bit Beatdown. The girls were looking for a retro "Nintendo" theme. I suggested the title, which they loved. I wanted an intentional overly-pixelated look, so I built everything here square by square and limited the color palette.