Emilee Petersmark – in her personal phrases – is a full-time musician, part-time comedian nerd, newbie world traveler and sketchbook fanatic. In 2017, a band known as The Accidentals requested her to create 12 zodiac-based posters over the course of a 12 months. Emilee determined to painting the indicators as legendary goddesses and other people appear to like them!
In an interview with Bored Panda, Emilee stated that previous to this undertaking she was fairly unfamiliar withe the zodiac and solely low-key adopted her personal horoscope. “The Accidentals, have been associates of mine for years, and I used to be actually excited for the prospect to assist help them,” says Emilee. She additionally stated she felt like this was a possibility for her to develop as an expert artist – “I might sporadically take commissions right here and there however by no means any long-term initiatives like this,” talked about Emilee.
The artist stated it wasn’t simple to continually be artistic and follow deadlines, but it surely was thrilling and difficult. “Each The Accidentals and I had been touring over the previous 12 months (I’m additionally in a band known as the Crane Wives, which is my major supply of earnings) it was tough to make time to sit down and create visible artwork from the street,” shared Emilee.
“This was a tremendous, often exhausting, and satisfying expertise,” – stated the artist. She additionally talked about it was cool to analysis every zodiac signal and see all of the sides that folks determine with. Plus, she will be able to now identify all 12 indicators of the zodiac!
Try Emilee’s superb zodiac artwork within the gallery beneath!
“This design was supposed to be a grown-up model of Virgo — I needed to painting a extra mature model of the perspective in that poster. I additionally tried to present her a extra wild, witch-like really feel, taking the comfortable fall glow of Virgo and leveling it up with neon.”
“This poster was tremendous impressed by activist Emma González. I needed Taurus to have a outstanding sense of power within the face of one thing ominous.”
“The band was touring out west this month, so I went with a dusky desert theme. This one took a while to nail down, as a result of I needed the twins to look subtly highly effective, nearly regal with their rustic crowns. It was essential to me that not one of the girls on this collection had been overtly sexualized, however I needed to maintain some vulnerability and naturalness to this signal.”
“This month, The Accidentals had been enjoying Electrical Forest. I’ve solely been to EF as soon as, however I keep in mind loving all of the glowing neon in the midst of the darkish woods. I needed to seize that feeling of discovering one thing otherworldly within the huge wilderness in the midst of the night time.”
“This design was further tough, as a result of it will additionally function a part of The Accidentals’ album art work. Their album known as Odyssey, and so I needed this one to really feel type of like the start of a journey, with Leo being the heroine about to set off looking for one thing essential. The band and I additionally collaborated closely to create one thing that mixed each pure, earthly components and outer area.”
“Virgo is depicted as a virgin/maiden, so I attempted to make the signal younger. My first try at this poster made the maiden look too timid, so I scrapped it with a purpose to give her slightly extra perspective.”
“I truly took this design from a Woman Justice sketch I did the day Trump was inaugurated. Whereas I wouldn’t name this piece political by any means, drawing Woman Justice as a black lady was a aware and pointed selection.”
“I knew from the start I needed one of many indicators to be closely tattooed, but it surely labored out so nicely to juxtapose the glossy, nearly fashionable components I’d needed to affiliate with Scorpio with this conventional Polynesian-inspired tattoo.”
“I actually needed to assume extra exterior the field with this one, however I noticed that I couldn’t actually painting an archer with out a bow and arrow. I drew the road at drawing her as a centaur, although I did attempt to give a nod to the standard illustration of Sagittarius with the horse cranium headdress she’s carrying. All through this collection, I really feel like I slowly turned conscious that it might use extra variety in physique shapes, so I attempted to present this signal a physique sort that was extra useful to the life-style of somebody who catches their very own meals and fights epic battles.”
“The cool factor about this undertaking was that it taught me fairly a bit in regards to the zodiac, like the truth that Capricorn is represented by one thing known as a Sea Goat (which is definitely primarily based on the Sumerian god of information, knowledge, mischief, and creation.) I needed to present this poster a murky, dream-like really feel, with the harpoon offering a component of battle with the softness of the dwelling creatures.”
“Sagittarius may need been my favourite poster as an instance, however this one was a really shut second. I used to be decided to not do three ocean-themed posters in a row, so I put this signal within the desert and tried to make it really feel like a creation fable. I actually needed to evoke the considered Egyptian gods and large Egyptian monuments.”
“In a couple of of the opposite posters I performed with measurement and perspective to make the feminine figures really feel extra highly effective and ethereal. For this poster, I needed the feminine determine to really feel dwarfed by the fish, giving her the sense of being way more human than among the different indicators and making the fish appear type of harking back to historical deep sea monsters.”
Emilee has been engaged on the undertaking for an entire 12 months
However the suggestions she’s obtained proves it was undoubtedly value it