I’m happy to present my latest poster, this time for Phish’s 2016 Fall Tour. Printed on multiple blocks, these prints are hand pulled, printed on 11×14 paper, and limited to a small edition of 20.
I hadn’t planned to do any posters for this tour (aside from the illustrated setlists) after having created 13 posters for each show/run of summer tour (having summers off gives me a lot of free time). With school back in session, and a bunch of new responsibilities (guess who’s mentoring the gifted students!) I didn’t think I’d have time to work on anything for this tour. That mentality didn’t last too long. I ended up creating this poster idea, inspired by the song “Cars Trucks Buses”. I wanted to try something new for this poster, the summer tour ones being ink and watercolor as well as digital. I decided to go back to block printing, having enjoyed working in that medium for my 2016 Riviera Maya posters.
I decided to try something new for this poster, so I opted for a multi block linocut. I had never done this before, so it was a bit of a challenge. I used 3 blocks, first one for the background, a second for the color of the car, truck, bus, and the banner, and the final for the linework. Registration was the trickiest thing, trying to make sure all the blocks lined up on the final print.
I had some fun with the background color, mixing around colors in the yellow-red range, the end result being that every background is unique for every print. Registration issues made the edition small, but I now have lots of freebies to give out with orders! I might also do a small color variant edition, as well as some hand colored version if there is a demand for them. Prints are available at www.phishart.com, as well as my etsy shop (where you can also check out my summer tour setlist posters.
 Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page on bass, Mike on keys for portion of the jam.
Notes: The Birds was quoted at the end of BOAF. Let Me Lie was last performed on August 10, 2010 (229 shows). Portions of the YEM jam featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on keys, and Page on bass. DWD was unfinished.
I was recently commissioned to create the setlist for the shows at the Spectrum in Philly back in 1999. Working with some suggestions from the person requesting the shows, I included some Philly sports icons, Julius Erving and Ron Hextall. This was a fun project, and it allowed me to draw up some new songs. I’m always open to do commissioned setlists, although with summer tour approaching it could take a bit. Feel free to contact me via twitter, facebook, or instagram.
I made a very small edition of these (only 5), and have 4 of each available for sale via my shop.
Notes: Bowie was unfinished. The jam out of Have Mercy included a snippet of Bowie before returning to Have Mercy. The subsequent reggae-style HYHU contained a Have Mercy melody before leading to a vacuum solo.
Here’s the next installment of my Phish summer tour posters for 2016. I’m more than half way to my goal of illustrating all 15 venues they’ll be playing at (including Lockn’). The fishing theme continues with each venue’s state fish. I’ve enjoyed getting back to working with micron pens, as well as working digitally (and learning new things along the way) to create these posters. I’ve taken people’s thoughts and opinions into consideration for these last couple, as well as some edits to the previous ones (“I still call it Deer Creek”) . I’m looking forward to drawing some west coast fish, and will be posting them soon.
In the meantime I’ve just opened up my new shop, www.phishart.com, where all the posters from this series will be available, although I will continue to have my setlist posters available in my etsy shop.
For this summer’s tour I decided to take on the ambitious project of creating a show poster for every venue this year. On top of doing an illustrated setlist for every show. So yeah…ambitious may be an understatement. As challenging as this may be, I’ve had a lot of fun drawing these. I wanted a common theme for all the posters, and risking the overused fish theme, opted to illustrate the state fish for each venue. The drawings are micron pen and watercolors, along with some digital imaging. Here are the first 5 I’ve done so far. I hope to complete the rest before tour starts, and release them for sale in my shop (also on lot at SPAC) around the time of each show.
I made these posters for the the Dead & Co. show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. I live about a mile or so from the venue, so it seemed logical to make something for this event (and maybe score a ticket below face). Although I didn’t get a ticket, I was able to stream the show, and promptly headed back afterwards. I still have some remaining prints, and have them available in my shop.
I recently finished up my illustrations of the Gamehendge series. I initially started this project in June of 2013, but after doing 4 illustrations, I put the idea aside as I worked on other things. I finally got to finish this series when I was recently commissioned to illustrate all the songs for a book they wanted to make for their niece. In the end I ended up drawing all the other songs that take place pre/post TMWSIY, or pertain to Gamehendge in one way or another (some can be debatable). I did about 20 6×8 ink and watercolor illustrations total.
The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday
“..he knew it had always been there, and felt foolish for overlooking the door for so long.” -TMWSIY
“He said that we could swim it if we tried”
“Tela, jewel of Wilson’s foul domain”
“Can you still have fun?”
“Brain dead and made of money”
Colonel Forbin’s Ascent
“And he climbed so slowly”
Fly Famous Mockingbird
“Italian spaghetti, singing falsetto”
“The road was his end”
I will be releasing prints soon, and maybe a poster. The images will also be used in this tour’s illustrated setlists. I’m working transitioning to all ink and watercolor (Ive got about 40 songs already illustrated). I’ll also have work at the PhanArt Show during the Mann run (August 12) at the World Live Cafe, so come by and check it out before the show