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The making of the Saint Patrick’s Day poster (2014)

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The charm of the Saint Patrick’s Day is so irresistible that it is celebrated even by those who can’t easily point at Ireland on a map. We know that this day is about everything green, red-haired, indecent—and beer. As a sign of our friendship we, with a bow, ask the jolly hill people to accept this bouquet of dried roach.

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Art director: That’s too subtle. Maybe, shamrock as a fig leaf for a statue?

Designer: We already have The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

Art director: What I mean is, Saint Patrick requires some rude humor. That’s why the dangle red-haired dongs on Kalinin prospekt.

Designer: Well, we can go old school. Beer, not coffee, of course.

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Art director: That’s more like it. What if we cover up the fish’s private parts?

Designer: Do you know where fish have private parts? Hold on, I’ll come up with something indecent. Maybe, simply Pirelli in Ireland? Just like the old posters: white, green, red.

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Art director: It certainly attracts attention. Facebook approves.

Let’s draw.

Illustrator: I’m placing the accents. How about this?

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Art director: The figure doesn’t look OK. The back—yikes. And the ass doesn’t look real at all.

Back to the drawing board to recall anatomy lessons and face the cruel reality.

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Art director: Still doesn’t look tempting. The waist looks horrible.

After a number of transformations we decide to simple draw a neat woman’s body.

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Art director: She has a man’s ass. Also, it looks like there’s a face there that just stares right at you. The figure is crap, too.

The deadline is approaching. Passing the baton to another designer who draws everything from scratch.

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Art director: Can her sides be any more pleasant? It’s a picture, you know.

Wrapping up.

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Bye-bye, birthmark! To the press.

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