I once read some advice by a professional illustrator saying you should focus your art on what you love, rather than try to create what you think people wanted. At the time I thought, "Great advice, but I'm broke and just out of school so that's not going to work!" Now a few years later, I'v finally given up on trying to figure out what others wanted and decided to do a little project just for me.
For each of the Bouldering World Cups of 2014 I created a little poster with the women's gold medalist climbing one of the final routes with a background of the city in which the event took place, all based on vintage travel posters.
Ultimately the only goal of this project was to start and finish a self initiated project (fellow artists will probably know how hard it is to finish a project when you don't have a client pestering you) and hopefully a few good designs to put up on my walls at home. So you can imagine my surprise when I got an email from someone at the IFSC telling me how much they loved the posters and asking if they promote them through their channels!
So that illustrator I spent so long ignoring was right. Anyway, you can view the posters below, or look at them on the IFSC website here!
If anyone is interested in getting one of these for themselves, you can buy them here. Sorry for the weird pricing, Redbubble's system makes it impossible to get round numbers. The advantage is they print locally in the USA, Europe, and Australia so hopefully you don't have to pay ridiculous international shipping.