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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.

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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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.