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Plakatstil and Some Stuff For RPG

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

My husband is a professional game master as well as a teacher, and I help him with the immersion by creating handouts, banners, and posters.


The latest piece I made for him was a banner for his Outschool Paranoia RPG. I wanted to combine Plakatstil with Soviet and German propaganda posters from WWII. As usual, when I've finished something, I see things I could have done differently, but as a whole, I am pretty satisfied with the result.



I have just recently started experimenting with the stipple-grain effect, and I really like how soft it makes the image. In the future, I hope to be able to further develop the use of this effect for use as shadowing on my upcoming work.


“I have just recently started experimenting with the stipple-grain effect, and I really like how soft it makes the image.”

I have always loved to express myself with drawing and later painting (acrylic and oil) but I am not an artist. My sketches still look similar to how I drew as a 13-year-old, but Illustrator provides a way for me to develop my sketches into something that isn't as laughable. Eventually, I hope to begin to understand a better way of using the brush tool than what I do now.





Plakatstil


It was during my time at CD-ED when I was introduced to the term Plakatstil. Most people have probably been exposed to the art style before, but just like me, didn't know the name of the style. Plakatstil started in Berlin in 1906 by an artist named Lucian Bernhard, and it was a way to oppose the previous Art Nouveau style - which also is a favourite of mine.


Plakatstil uses flat colours in a bold and modern style. You can find many nice examples on my Pinterest page here.


During my course at CD-ED, one of my assignments was to make a poster for my favourite candy in Plakatstil. It was a fun and surprisingly challenging assignment, and, at the time, I was quite proud of the result.




What about you?


Do you have a special art style that you like? Or maybe you like several art styles and cannot choose between them. Why do these styles inspire you? Let me know in the comments.



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