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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds...for kids. by ryan terry

So, its been a while since my last bloggogram into the intersphere. Last time I mentioned I would be working on a kids book of sorts. The first artist was Red Hot Chili Peppers. Going with the red theme, on the other side of the spectrum, is the red right hand of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I wanted this book to represent a broad cross-section of artists, and what better way to show that, than to follow up the Red Hot Chili Peppers with another band that I love, who despise the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“I'm forever near a stereo saying, 'What the fuck is this garbage?' And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” - Nick Cave

to fans, are they actually  good  seeds?

to fans, are they actually good seeds?

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Seems logical to me. Maybe Faith No More soon, since they also have an axe to grind with Kiedis and crew.

colouring book version

colouring book version

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Iggy Pop in progress by ryan terry

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

so there's the bones of it 

so there's the bones of it 

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 :)

so close yet so far.

so close yet so far.