Lynyrd Skynyrd Type Poster- Linoleum Cut

 I often refer to myself as a Puerto Rican Southern girl. My father was in the military so we moved around a lot when I was a youngster. Somehow we always managed to stay in the Southeast (except for that two year stint in Panama…) until my dad retired here in Atlanta when I was in high school. I’ve been in Georgia for 18 years now. Holy cow. 18 years.  So, yeah. Now I’m a certified Southern Peach…or is it Mango?

For this project I was tasked with creating a band poster for my character design class and combined it with my illustrated type project for that quarter. Being a Southern Girl at heart I was inspired to create a poster commemorating Lynyrd Skynyrd’s last show before the fatal plane crash that killed three of their original band members on October 20, 1977. I was also inspired by the poster style of Hatch Show Print out of Nashville, TN.
The gator character in the middle comes from the lyrics of one their songs called All I Can Do Is Write About It… “have you ever seen a she-gator protect her youngins?” This line has always been a source of amusement for me because it sounds so utterly ridiculous and backwoods. However, upon closer inspection this song is a heartfelt commentary on urban sprawl and preserving the beauty of  ’ol Dixieland.

Southern by the Grace of God

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