Yesterday, I had a bit of free time and decided to spend it using Illustrator to created textured typography and Photoshop to make a quick poster for the film Interstellar.
As I'd never created "fan art" (for lack of a better term) before, I simply picked a few elements I deemed important about the dimensions of the film and threw them together in under an hour. The exercise, though not for quality, was a test to see how I could compile someone else's story into a still visual format. There is more to be learned, and if I try this exercise again, I think I will attempt to generate some of my own graphics instead of using images from Google.
Below are a few of the texture/typography combinations I created. It was quick and simple and started with a question: How can I make metallic fills for elements of my designs? I found several wonderful tutorials on how to go about painting metallic effects from scratch as well as the ability to bring textures into fonts (as seen below). I think this technique will prove incredibly effective in future work.