I’ve just released my newest print, inspired by lyrics from the Phish song “Tube”. This was originally going to be my poster for their shows in Atlantic City. I was halfway through with the drawing when it seemed obvious that there were no concerts happening this summer, but wanted to finish it (mainly for therapeutic value!) It’s drawn using micron pens, with the smaller details created using a .005 sized pen. I had a lot of fun with this, and it includes many hidden Phish references, as well as some randomness here and there.
I’ve drawn this image several times throughout the last 10 years or so. The first one was an 18×24 ink and watercolor illustration, and several others were simpler 8×10 canvases, as well as some hand drawn sticker versions.
Prints are signed and numbered, limited to an edition of 50, printed on 13×19 high quality glossy paper (110# cover). Each order ships with extras.
When I’m not drawing Phish related things, I’m an elementary and middle school art teacher. I want nothing but the best for my students (all 750 of them), and lately our budget has shrunk to almost nothing. Sadly, as a teacher it is expected to raise funds for your classroom, since most school budgets won’t cover everything that’s needed to ensure successful learning. While most of my coworkers opt for some great websites such as DonorsChoose, I decided to do things a little differently. Almost all my art starts out as ink and watercolor illustrations that are then scanned and digitally arranged. Some are randomly given away, but must are put in a portfolio where they are forgotten. Rather than let them sit and collect dust, I came up with an idea to get them out of my house and help out my classroom! I’ve reopened up my old shop, www.phishart.com where my original artwork can now be purchased, with 50% of what I sell going directly to purchase art supplies for my classroom. All orders will ship with extra original illustrations or prints, and a thank you drawing created by my students. We appreciate your support in ensuring my students can have the proper supplies to create some awesome artwork!
The 9th print in my summer tour series. Inspired by “The Mummy” (1959). This was actually the first one I did in the series. I was creating a bunch of sketches for ideas at the time, and the Mummy/Merriweather seemed to work out well. The poster was based off several of the Mummy posters, and of course, the song Tube was in my head the whole time I was working on it. As always, the images are all drawn, inked and watercolored, then scanned and digitally arranged. Prints are 13×19 on cardstock, signed and limited to an edition of 150. Prints are currently available for sale in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com , and will be available on lot before the shows.
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.