This poster was part of a much larger project for me: besides art, the main focus of my studies at Hillsdale is music. I sing baritone with the chamber choir, study voice and piano, and generally keep myself busy with music-related things. In the spring semester of 2013, I was one of the student directors of the Hillsdale College Opera Workshop. I directed or co-directed four scenes from operas or musicals, and I sang in four as well.
I also got to design the poster, and this is what I came up with. A super-saturated image of a red carpet on cement stairs, the slightly out-of-focus background is meant to suggest both the grandeur of opera (the carpet) and the gritty intimacy and vibrant color of musical theater (the stairs).