illustration

oh hai! I havent been around in a while! here's a book im going to do. by ryan terry

hello from the other side!

other side of what, im not sure and neither is adele. it just sounded cool, so she sang it.

ive been busy working on a lot of corporate and educational projects with non-disclosure agreements, so they will never see the light of day, beyond in board rooms and testing facilities.

that said, the wheels have been spinning on long gestating personal projects that i will share in the blog section before assigning them their own page on the site.

the first of these projects is called red, blue, green, rock and roll and will be a journey across the color wheel and rock history in storybook and colouring book formats. like the rock and roll hall of fame it will include anything that has the rock and roll vibe, including metal, blues, punk, hip-hop, rap and anything else that I love as a music fan. its designed to be fun for kids, with some winks to the adults who get the context.

which brings us to our first page:

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now to those of you in the know, for a period of time before moms were grooving to under the bridge downtown, the chilis were a little more raucous and ribald……and wore socks on their nethers, back when hillel was in the band. (not pictured, hillel slovak, nor Josh Klinghoffer, nein jack irons, nyet Dave Navarro)

In cases where there have been different members of a band, ive decided to go with their most recognizable lineup, and in the case of the chillis, that means John Frusciante. i may have to break my own rule though, if the situation calls for it. I have ideas for dio and ozzy.

so its kids book and singsongy, and doesnt really mean anything for a kid being lulled to sleep by its dulcid tones, whilst the adult reading it aloud gets a little smirk. right? OR its entirely innapropriate and there will be a grows up book, and a kids version. You tell me?

AND, when? If? published, there will be a colouring book version.

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as rickety cricket once said, youre going to need the red.

Dinosaur Jr., Danforth Music Hall: Process by ryan terry

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.

 Step One: Have lots of fun.

Step One: Have lots of fun.

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.

 Too guitar.

Too guitar.

 Pizza party.

Pizza party.

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.

 Keep it simple.

Keep it simple.

 Keep it slightly less simple.

Keep it slightly less simple.

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.

 Ta Da.

Ta Da.

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.

 Merch!

Merch!

 Floor seats, and lack of photography skills; but whatever, im here for the concert not for proof of it.

Floor seats, and lack of photography skills; but whatever, im here for the concert not for proof of it.

 

 

 

At The Drive-In silkscreen poster by ryan terry

 Oh the places you could have gone.

Oh the places you could have gone.

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.

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DIne Alone Lullaby Album by ryan terry

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!

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Dine Alone's ABC's of Rock n' Roll by ryan terry

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!

Buy here.

 

 Alexisonfire

Alexisonfire

 K-OS

K-OS

 Monster Truck

Monster Truck

 You+Me

You+Me