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Local student creates poster for Blues Society

Michaela Gibboni
Sky Hi News Intern

Middle Park High School junior Caitlin Taylor’s poster design for the Grand County Blues Society started as a class assignment, but ended up becoming a springboard for direct design involvement with the organization.

The students in Graphics 2 were instructed to design a poster for a local nonprofit. Taylor selected the Blues Society because she truly felt it was a group that she said was “good for the county.”

The main design was hand-drawn, sprouting from a doodle she did one day just sitting in class. After scanning the drawing into the computer, she added the body and the guitar using Adobe Illustrator.

She sent her design to John Catt at the Blues Society, who really enjoyed it, saying he “thought it was really artsy.” After seeing her poster, Catt and others at the Blues Society decided they would like to continue working with Taylor, asking her to design a banner for their Blues in the Schools program.

Though Taylor proved her proficiency with digital art, she said she much prefers freehand drawing and painting to working on the computer. She enjoys realism the most, and upon graduation she hopes to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design to study illustration.

Taylor, with still one year left of high school, has nearly depleted her options for art classes at Middle Park, leaving only Advanced 3D Design as the course she has yet to conquer. While she expressed that relying solely on school can limit her creativity, she values art classes, saying they have helped her advance as an artist as well as give her time to work, which she finds difficult to obtain outside of school.

In addition to her work with the Blues Society banner design, Taylor has been keeping busy with her own work, lately using elephants as a common theme in her art.

Taylor’s second solo art show in the Granby Library will open July 31 and be on display through August.