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Steve Wilson: Paolo Nutini

Illustrator Steven Wilson strikes a perfect balance between the handcrafted and digital with his newest design for Paolo Nutini’s Oakland, California gig poster. The piece was created to accompany Nutini’s current tour of his album, Caustic Love, so he used a marbling technique coupled with his logo typography to give the effect of caustic erosion, as well as a nod towards psychedelia which is something Paolo had requested in the design. The letters were laser cut from plywood and stacked up in 4 layers to add depth. They were then stuck down on plyboard and primed white. Experimenting with different techniques on scraps of wood, Steve found a look he was happy with. He opted for a single color paint finish, and once the piece was lifted from the tank, it was left to dry before being photographed and put back into Photoshop, where he played with different color ways. See photos of the process below, and pick up a copy of the poster if you’re at the show tonight.

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