I would like a nice poster to :
- promote my tour on my website and flyers,
- print the poster to give it to people who helped me creating the tour (historians),
- print postcards.
The poster need to be :
- historically accurate,
- 18x27 inches (smaller=4x6).
Because the tour focuses on XIXth century, Victorian era, I think a XIXth or Victorian style will be better, but I'm open to other styles.
- it could be a historical scene,
- a beautiful building,
- a tool, a hat (like a black and red hat of Mgr Déziel) or something else, alone or not, but beautifully made.
Creative posters, with a powerful concept or poetical, would be better than a photomontage.
About Old Lévis : Old Lévis is part of Lévis, a small city in front of Quebec City, in Canada. It's a neighbourhood with a lot of upper class houses from the second half of XIXth century, couple of churches and big institutional buildings (schools). The area started to grow when the train arrived in 1854 (Grand Trunk Railway).
About the tour : I explain to the visitors the local history and architecture. Main characters are Mgr Déziel (founder of the city), Desjardins family (related to the famous credit union), general Lévis and other characters (like Couture and Davie, but I've other tours with them).
It's about industrialization in Canada, French-Canadian identity and the siege of 1759. Mgr Déziel choose "Lévis" for the name of the city, it refers to the French general and the idea was to remember French-Canadian won against the British (the Anglo-Canadian said the French-Canadian had only a history of defeats).
Victorian style usually has a lot of flowers. So if you want to use the flower (or part of it), check the illustration attached : Veronica chamaedrys. This flower is related to the British troops of 1759.
UPDATE (8th Feb) :
I sent several designs to friends and family to have their feedback and the conclusion is : it would be better to NOT illustrate Mgr Déziel, the priest.
He is a very interesting historical character and, in my opinion, one of the most important in the history of Old Lévis. He deserves to be on the poster and I like how some designers illustrated him.
The reason why it's better to remove him, that's due to the feedback I had : people don't know him and think a priest isn't attracting. Which I can understand. I've to keep in mind the goal of the poster isn't to be a summary of the tour, but to attract people, to make them want to visit Old Lévis.
About Chevalier de Lévis : he's more attracting, but maybe less relevant due to the title "victorian beauty" (he's 1 century older than Victorian era).
About the Desjardins family : because I don't want people think it's a poster dedicated to this family, it's better to not illustrate them (or at least not alone).
Finally, if you would like to represent a character, the best ideas could be :
- a XIXth century upper class couple (anonymous),
- a XIXth century upper class lady (anonymous),
- several historical characters, but not the Desjardins family alone, not the priest alone,
- no character at all.
About the logo : it doesn't need to be big, or central. It can be discrete. Especially if the logo doesn't fit with the font you chose.