Climate March Commission / by Krista Dedrick Lai

I recently completed a protest sign for my friend Ernie, who is going to the People's Climate March in DC on April 29th. When he first approached me about making a poster for him I was honored. Ernie is one of the most environmentally conscious people I know and I have learned a ton from him. He cares immensely about animals and our planet and his values are reflected in everything from the way he lives his life to the way he operates his business. Ernie's idea for the concept intrigued me and I immediately started brainstorming.

Concept sketch for Climate March Sign by Krista Dedrick Lai

Concept sketch for Climate March Sign by Krista Dedrick Lai

My first step was to do a concept sketch and once that was approved we started throwing around phrases and wording. Nothing felt perfect but ultimately we settled on "Together We Resist." I wanted a simple block font that wouldn't detract from the drawing at all. Although I have been learning more about Adobe's Creative Suite I am still a "hand-made" artist at heart I guess and so it was natural for me to do the lettering by hand. 

Finished Climate March Sign, 18" x 20" ink and acrylic on heavy fine-art paper by Krista Dedrick Lai

Finished Climate March Sign, 18" x 20" ink and acrylic on heavy fine-art paper by Krista Dedrick Lai

The thing with hand lettering is that you only really have one shot to get it right. There is no playing with different fonts or sizes... at least not on the final piece. Still I was happy with the lettering. Ernie, however, is very experienced with photoshop in particular and the phrase we'd chosen still wasn't feeling quite right to him. From the beginning we had agreed he would have the finished piece scanned and printed on sign material so that he could be sure to have the original as an art piece to hold onto, without risk of damaging it. Once he had scanned the original it was easy for him to play around with the font a bit and I think the all-caps result is very strong.

"United We Resist" protest sign after editing, scanning and printing on signage material. By Krista Dedrick Lai and Ernie Migali

"United We Resist" protest sign after editing, scanning and printing on signage material. By Krista Dedrick Lai and Ernie Migali

So this piece ended up being a bit of a collaboration, and another reminder to me that I need to brush up on my Photoshop skills so that I have more options with pieces like these. I learned a lot, which I am always grateful for. I am excited to see photos of the sign at the march this weekend. At eight months pregnant I will be watching from afar, with my feet up and a glass of sparkling water!

**Update 4/29/17: Here are some pics from the march! Looks like a success!