A lot of thoughts go through your head when your surrounded by you’re enemies, not knowing their next move, or your own for that matter. Your skill and wit may have gotten you out of this situation before but this time, there wasn’t enough time to figure out a logical means of escaping the predicament. Either way, peoples lives are dependent on you, so what’s left to do?
Scenarios like this flood the imaginations of children. Being the hero who is relied on by others, showing up in the 11th hour and saving the day is an inspirational concept for children. Inspirations for this came from heroic tales past on through the centuries, starting with stories in mythology such has Zeus and Hercules, and then developing into modern media as seen on TV shows, and movies; Heroes much like the ones in William S. Hart’s poster Blixtens Broder (Brother of the Lightning) displayed at the Ballyhoo Poster Exhibit.
This epic poster displays more than just a hero, it shows the American Hero of old, the cowboy in his highest form of glory. He is seen on horseback steering the horse with one hand and pointing his pistol at his enemy with the other. It displays a true sense of fantasy, as it is hand drawn in a cartoon-like fashion. Created in 1922, this tri-color pastel poster, consisting of charcoal black, a dull yet crimson red, and bright yellow captures a strong sense of motion and action as the horse stands on its hind legs in a strong triumphant pose. To the modern viewer, the color also helps set a vintage theme for the poster as the pastels are slightly faded and the base of the canvas is egg shell white.
Hart uses a variety of elements to supplement the feeling motion in the design. One of these elements is the typography’s interaction with the figures in the poster. Like any good designer, Hart allows the title of the poster Blixtens Broder to interact with the cowboy and horse figures. The text is strategically displayed around the horses hoofs as if it is trying to not be trampled be it.
The jagged edges of the poster also accentuate the themes of the time and environment. They look like the deadly ridges of a canyon and border the cowboy and horse allowing them to be the focal point of the piece. Furthermore the talent and craftsmanship displayed in this poster where in the drawing and type make it an admirable and a classic piece. In addition to demonstrating quality design principles and standards Blixtens Broder (Brother of the Lightening) conveys heroism and fantasy in a manger that both children and adults will appreciate.