COMIC ARTS LA 2017
DEC 9th & 10th | 10:00am - 5:00pm
HOMENETMEN ARARAT (ELEVATE FITNESS CENTER) | 3000 DOLORES ST. LOS ANGELES 90065
NISHANT SALDANHA ON THE MAKING OF THE POSTER:
1) Would you take us through how you came to the poster design?
I knew I wanted to draw palm trees because they are iconic to Los Angeles, and I fleshed out the poster based on a quick intuitive sketch that I had first made. There’s not a hard logic behind the image but I identify a specific attitude with it.
In terms of the palm trees - I like that they are inseparably tied to the identity of Los Angeles, because interestingly enough they are not all indigenous but many come from different parts of the world - Mexico, the Canary Islands and other parts of Latin America. I’m from India and I’ve lived as an immigrant in LA for 5 years. I guess one connection between me and the idea for the poster.
2) In your mind, what makes Los Angeles particular as a city? What is unique about the arts and comics community here?
Similarly, I relate to Los Angeles as a city of transplanted people and communities who come from outside to put their roots down in a new place. It’s this perspective that makes me feel comfortable and connected to the arts community here, and very much a part of it. These days, when I go out in LA, I feel the coming on of an artistic renaissance, especially for independent artists who are already out there making amazing things. It will be very exciting when all that diversity comes through. I’m very new to the comics community, but I look forward to making more art and comics.
3) How does Los Angeles show up in your poster design?
I think few cities in the world get to be perceived as a fantasy by the people who live outside it. I don’t think it’s something to be cynical about or reject but something to build upon. Layer on the identities of everyone who lives here. It would be the role of artists to do that.
For the poster, I took the image of the palm trees of Los Angeles that everyone’s familiar with and decided to bring my personal influences to it.
SEE MORE OF NISHANT AT NISHANTSALDANHA.TUMBLR.COM