To ring in the new year, Im going to sell these Nick Cave and the bad seeds prints for the Massey Hall show. Limited time, reduced price of $20 (plus shipping). Also selling At The Drive-In prints for $10 plus shipping. I need space for the new year and you need stuff, right?
Howdy howdy gentle reader. So, heres the thing: I got to do a monkey fighting poster for Monday to Friday Dinosaur Jr. !!!
Announcements aside, this is for those of you who might have an interest in the goings-on and behind the scenes shenanigans* of Illustration, or it may be for me to share some rough and unused illustrations, or maybe no-one is out there listening at all, and I am a voice shouting soundlessly into the void.
*Please note, this blog does not contain shenanigans.
I did this piece for portfolio (and for fun) and it turned out to help open the door a crack with Dinosaur Jr. management, and about a month before the concert, I was asked to send in some sample concepts. I sent in about 8 ideas, not doing any research on what Dinosaur Jr posters look like generally, so that i wasn't pandering or apeing a look. After I sent in the ideas, I looked at their previous posters and saw that 5 out of the 8 of my ideas weren't for DInosaur Jr., and Dinosaur Jr. agreed. Most of the ideas I still like, just for a different band. BUT, we found something that was already in the original. A girl and her monster.
The monster throwing the horns was a little guitar-centric, and we went with the pizza party concept. Where did I get this idea, you may very well be asking, although it is just as likely that the thoughts running through your mind pertain to pizza and the acquisition of said foodstuff. My answer is this; who knows where thoughts come from, they just appear; and just order the pizza. It was decided that I refine this concept beyond the chicken scratch phase.
The more detailed version was favored by J. (as i'm not allowed to call him, as I didnt communicate with him or the band directly) and Mr. Mascis gave the poster approval to move forward. So with the assistance of Amy at 7s Management and the team at Champion Printing; move forward we did, with great efficiency and peak speed, turning around a gig poster and printing it in the space of 7 days.
Also thanks to 7S Management, I hand delivered the posters to the sold-out concert at the Danforth Music Hall as a guest and enjoyed one of the giants of Alternative Rock as a fan, and also got to see the fans enjoy the art I had created for the musical artists we were all there to experience, and quite the sonic experience it was.
So, here's the announcement that I have been excitedly sitting on since February, now made bittersweet by the cancellations. My At The Drive In poster that I was to present to the band at the At The Drive In - Toronto - SOLD OUT! The Phoenix Concert Theatre concert, along with another little surprise that I will continue to tuck under my hat in case the shows are rescheduled. Limited run of 50 signed and numbered prints, and I have 30 sitting unclaimed. (I would also like to announce my disappointment because i don't get to see the band this Friday) Thanks to Elliott Lefko at Goldenvoice and Chris Topping for making this print possible. I have to say that i LOVE the silkscreen print, the paper, the texture of the ink, the process....I'm so excited to make more of these for different artists and events.
I thought i would try showing how a poster comes together for me, hopefully it is of interest to you, oh gentle reader. This is a self-promotional piece, building portfolio to show potential clients what I am capable of, so there are no suggestions, no art direction, or revisions as would be the case in a normal client driven piece. I basically picked Iggy Pop because his "post-pop depression" album is #1) amazing under Josh Hommes production, and Iggys collaborating/backing band is fantastic. I've never given an Iggy album a go from start to finish, but this one is on repeat without skipping a track; and #2) they are all coming to Toronto this April the 8th, so i figured it was pretty timely.
That said, step one was concept and then pencils and ink. Conceptually i had him as a pez dispenser, it's just that simple. At first i thought he would be surrounded by little candies and more would be popping out of his...neck? Then i figured its his last album so one last little treat for us all
I also considered drawing it in illustrator, which seems to be the more commercially viable way to do it these days, but i dont like how the smooth vectors look. Anyways, on to colouring, which is pretty self explanatory, just picking a palette and organizing the colours in layers for screenprinting at 18" x 26", and thats where we are now, awaiting font choices and text layout. I will get back to it once i'm past the client work i have moved on to, which is priority :)
The kind folks at Dine Alone Records also gave me the chance to illustrate my first officially sanctioned silkscreened rock poster. This went through a few concepts (at one point the skull was going to be Gwyneth Paltrows' head, forever answering the question "What's in the box?") but thanks to the art direction of the DIne Alone team I came up with the print below.
Go here to buy it!
It was a big year for Olive Industries, particularly in the work I did with Dine Alone Records. What started as a gig illustrating their A-Z's of Rock n' Roll children's book, quickly branched into 2 other projects. The first project the book led to was the honour of being asked to illustrate the Dine Alone and Sparrow Sleeps album covering popular DIne Alone Artists in the style of Lullabies. Net proceeds go to Sick Kids foundation. You can pick it up HERE.
More details on the other Dine Alone project to come, stay tuned!
Something I am proud and amazed to be a part of, but have had to keep under my hat for the last 6 months or so. Dine Alone Records ABC's of Rock, illustrated by yours truly! Digital editions available now in the ibooks store with physical editions to come. Alexisonfire, Broncho, City and Colour, Grade, Quicksand, You+Me, i could go on but dont want to spoil the plot, or the ending.
Proceeds go to SickKids Foundation, so if you have a kid and an Ipad, a love of music, a love of illustration, or just a shiny new Itunes gift card, pick this up and be entertained in glorious colour, and help to support a great cause. A few samples to be found below. Enjoy!