Since the end of Fall tour, I’ve gone back to my initial concept of illustrating songs in ink and watercolor. With less than 46 days til Phish plays again, I’m trying to do as many as I can. I would eventually like to replace the images I use in my illustrated setlists with hand colored ones, hopefully by summer tour 2015. In the meantime, I’ll be posting songs as I draw them here. They are all for sale, and only 1 of each song will be painted. Ink and watercolor on 6×8 140lb paper. I’ll take requests for specific songs, inquiries can be sent to me via direct message on twitter, instagram, or facebook.
“Bag it, Tag it, Sell it to the butcher in the store”
This run was one of the trickiest for me to accomplish, on account of being out of town for the weekend. Good luck, timing, and friends lending me their scanners allowed me to catch all but 1st set Friday night, and post all the pictograms (as people have been referring to them) in a timely manner, generally right after each set.
The response that I have gotten from these has been amazing! The forums have taken a liking to them, and Phish.net is even using them on the show recaps! They have been really helpful in getting these out there as well as YEMblog, Phishlove, PhanArt and others on twitter. I’m just glad that people get a kick out silly little sketches I draw about a band I like. I’m especially grateful to Phish.net, whose setlists and notes I refer to. They were gracious enough to give me permission to use them, and have been encouraging me to continue doing them. As you may or may not know, Phish.net runs the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit, so pretty much anything .net makes from their copyrighted material benefits Mockingbird, who uses that to provide music education for children. As an educator, I know the importance of the arts in education, which for many schools is no longer an option. For that reason, as well as saying thanks to .net, 1 dollar from every print sold is donated to the Mockingbird Foundation. I also plan to donate some original setlist drawings/paintings for them to auction in the near future.
The entire summer tour (so far) is available for sale via Etsy. I also have deals for purchasing an entire run (saving you $$$). Orders ship with handmade stickers, and some random orders might get a Gamehendge or Reba print! I will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion walking the lots selling setlists, as well as some other art. Look for the bearded guy (that’ll help) holding an antelope crossing sign up. Ask nicely and I’ll give you a sticker!
I gave it the old digital try. Hadn’t done art on a computer in a while, but I’ve had the time to give it a second chance. I hand drew the ingredients and did colored it digitally. I think last time I worked with coloring on a computer was high school computer art class (yeah, we had those in the 90s!).
I plan to have these on the lots at Mann and MPP, they will also be available online via Etsy. They are 11×17 on 65 lb paper. Each one is hand signed and limited to an edition of 50.
Scouring my external hard drive, I also came upon this gem. Not directly phish related, but I had done it for a flyer for the band Great Northeast from Harrisburg, Pa (my hometown). It’s comprised of 150+ bluegrass instruments and was possibly the reason I stopped doing digital art for several years. I also have this available through etsy, and will be selling some at a small festival a good deal of my hometown friends will be performing in.
I’m going to try out some other things digitally, but paper and pencil will probably my main instrument. More sketches, drawings, and in 2 weeks, illustrated setlists! Follow me on twitter for updates! https://twitter.com/joseeen