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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.

 

 

 

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.