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Basically, I have recently discovered a strong interest in pursuing graphic design as a hobby/skill/career. It came about due to the work I do in a volunteer club at university, since we got it off the ground last year I have found myself as the sole person designing posters/graphics/website/etc. I have always had an interest in drawing but I completely lack the self-discipline to learn how to draw much more often than a handful of pieces throughout the year, which generally me a very long time to finish. However, I seem to have no problem spending hours on end working on posters or on our website, and I find it rather enjoyable. I think that having a goal or purpose for the work I put into a poster is what has kept my interest, as opposed to just grinding out pages upon pages of anatomy study (not to say that it isn't important, but rather I haven't found the motivation to do that on my own yet).
I have no formal art training of any kind, in fact I will be graduating next year with a physics undergrad but I don't intend to pursue that subject any further. I had never considered my interest in art anything more than a hobby until a friend of mine commissioned me to redesign a flyer for her company, at which point I realized I might be able to turn this into a marketable skill if I practiced and learned on my own. So hopefully you guys can help me get better at this and help me decide if this is something I want to do f'reals in the future. Plus having knowledgeable people to bounce ideas off of will be immensely helpful!
tl;dr: Help Kronus make pretty looking things!
To start off, I could use some C&C on the concert poster I've been working on recently:
Note that I haven't been told the name of the opening band, so "These Other Guys" is just a placeholder. Information is fairly basic, it's a benefit concert for an organization that deals with water/sanitation in Africa, we are specifically raising money for a school in Uganda, so the theme here should obviously be water :P. I have been trying to get across as much information as possible without making just a wall of text. I'd like to add a small bit of distressing but I haven't been satisfied with it yet. I was toying with using a texture overlay on the dark background but I haven't found anything I thought would be appropriate.