Matterhorn Poster / by J. Logan Carey

Recently I worked on a vintage tourism style poster of the Matterhorn from Disneyland for an old friend of mine. I absolutely love those style posters, especially for places that are fictional so when she gave the Matterhorn as a subject I was very excited to experiment with it.

Here is my page of thumbnails I did to get an idea of composition and what worked. The Matterhorn itself in Disneyland has a different shape based on what angle you’re looking at it from so I had to decide which one I liked best. I did some image searches for vintage photos of the ride so I could get an idea what it looked like back then as some parts have been updated such as the luge cars.

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I also played with a crest style border seen above, but that’s probably more for a patch or something like that. Here’s the finished piece... 

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Hand lettering seems like it would bother my perfectionist tendencies, but one of the best things about vintage posters like this are the non-perfect, hand-lettering. Graphic design can make lettering so crisp and clean that it loses some of its charm for me.  

Anyway, I was really happy with the end result, aside from the fact that I didn’t get to include a Yeti because I ran out time. Love that guy. Maybe on the next one.