Poster of The Week: Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things, Sans Soleil and Paddock at the Pastime Tavern

No, that's not an image of outer space. Rather, it's a distorted image of two eyes, staring you down, daring and enticing you to check out this Saturday night show.

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After a long string of original illustrations winning this weekly honor, perhaps it's fitting that this week's image hearkens back to a simpler concept of poster-making, wherein the designer grabs an already-exiting image, alters it slightly, slaps some text on it and makes it work for his/her purposes.

Sure, that sounds simple enough, but often times, it's a more difficult task than starting from scratch -- the designer has to work within the parameters provided by the original image instead of the other way around.

And the designer behind this image handles that much very capably. Capitalizing on the fact that this image -- somewhat creepy, definitely a little "out there" (not unlike Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things' material, actually) -- the designer smartly allows the image to do much of the heavy lifting here.

But the real clever play in this design is the simplicity behind the text at the top of the image, which holds all the pertinent show info you hope to see on these kinds of designs. The font works well enough, but the gradient behind the textual color scheme is what really sets it off, as it appropriates the colors of the image into a block of text that stands out from the image, but also uses its same palette.

It's simple, to-the-point and does its job -- and that's why it's a winning design.

Think your poster is better? Want to see one of your designs get honored next week? Drop us an e-mail with an image promoting an upcoming show right here. Oh, and, when possible, be sure to do so at least a week in advance of the show. Thanks!

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