Make a political statement

Historically, political art has always been simple in terms of design. Whether you cite wartime propaganda posters as examples, or something as ingrained in pop culture as the iconic portrait of Che Guevara, visual similarities become apparent. There is a simplicity inherent within the overall design. Your attention is commanded by stark contrast and minimal detail within present visual icons. Generally, only a few colours are used in the overall design. Whether this was necessitated by budget or intended to create a signature appearance is not that important. What is important, however, is the lasting impressing that this sort of design leaves behind. Political art twists familiar visual icons and uses effective design to draw attention to a cause, ultimately leaving a thought-provoking impression that lingers on.

In addition to familiar and historical political art, it's worth noting that this important tradition continues to this day. Contemporary artists like Shepard Fairey, with his infamous 'Obey' movement is probably the most successful at reinventing political art and giving it a contemporary look and massive popularity. It is with this ideal in mind that we bring you the following tutorial.

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