Why We Create – an Illustration

Why We Design Poster

“We make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.”
― JRR Tolkien

The above quote by influential author, JRR Tolkien, encompasses what I believe about design. We, as human beings, have the need to be creative because our creativity is one part of God’s likeness that we reflect. Being creative, coming up with original ideas, making new things, is what fulfills us—whether we realize it or not.

My original concept for this illustration was to show the omnipotence of God side-by-side with the finite nature of humans, yet, to also show their similarities. That is why I chose to set the illustration in an open-aired galaxy, representing the spiritual, non-physical nature of the soul. Then the fleshly aspect of the body is brought in and signified symbolically by the rib cage—the heart being replaced by a glowing spatial body. This substitution of the heart illustrates how God has put a creative nature into humans, into their very souls.

The typography I used in my design is also significant. I created a unique drop-cap because I think it gives the appearance that the story being portrayed is a legendary narrative of old. The act of God’s creation is indeed the oldest account known to man.

This poster aims to provide viewers with a better understanding of why people exist in the way that they do. It displays a meaningful statement along with an inspiring illustration for visual learning.
I used Photoshop to create the digitally painted background and Illustrator for the typography.