Poster Designs: Charles Ramsey

My friend Chuck, a singer-songwriter in NYC, has had me do some crazy posters over the years. I got the idea to base some of them on old sheet music designs from the 1910s-30s. I took a bunch of photos of Chuck with a 1940s lighting setup (hot lights and also some antique lights we had lying around the old studio), to try to make them look authentic from the time period (hot lights were the only lighting of the time) and fit in well with the designs. I used actual sheet music and reworked them.

At the time I did these in 2005-2007, there were no “apps” to do this kind of work, so I had to hand-make the vintage-style photos in Photoshop and figure it out. It’s not 100% perfect, but I was pleased with the outcome, and they still hold up okay!

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