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The making of the poster for the studio's 18th birthday

Overview   Process   Hi-res  

Out of purely academic interest let’s forget for a moment that eighteen is the age of becoming a woman. This year the studio moved to a new office in the printing-house building and started to look like a real design factory. Maybe depict red clouds, clanking machinery, the bloody Moloch?

dr 2013 process 1

Art director: That’s not how I imagined turning 18.

Ok, so there’s no way to avoid nostalgic puberty references.

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Art director: Could be.

Or we can draw an old school tattoo with wacoms and coffee mugs.

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Art director: I suggest focusing on 18+ theme.

So breaking bad. Naked Japanese schoolgirls, porn, cars, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, voting, military service and so on. How about a dopey postcard with a cake and on-the-nose 18+ references?

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Art director OK.

So we start designing. Drawing a psychedelic cake. Facing difficulties.

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It all sucks. Perhaps we should get drunk or stoned or wasted or high or anything? But we can’t waste time torturing this idea. Maybe make something loud and shameless?

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Yeah! Yeah! Oh god! This is incredible! Oh... Jeez. A-a-a-a! Art. Lebedev Studio turns 18

Art director: Like the attitude, dislike the picture.

Suppressing the thought of a sex scene with a rocking horse. Pondering over voyeurism. Remembering that popcorn is associated with hot scenes on screen.

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Or maybe this time balloons will do?

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Art director: Balloons are more fun.

Rendering balloons.

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Nope. Coming up with a new idea.

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Writing the caption and getting the art director’s approval.

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