Like in many high schools across America, my orchestra would hold a competition to design the T-shirts that would be worn by the students on the yearly school trip. The stakes were raised in 2007 when the orchestra was invited to compete in China, at the Beijing Pre-olympic Music Festival. To help raise funds for the trip the T-shirts would be made available to the public, so the design needed to be better than . . . average.
As a budding graphic artist, I fixated on the challenge. After a few weeks of thinking and not much doodling, eventually Splatter in D Minor appeared on a sheet of paper. First draft, in pen.
Problem was, it needed to be digitized to be printed on shirts.