It’s that time of year again! Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado! Of course everyone is talking about the gag they’ll do the first night. This has been a tradition since 2011, starting with the “S” set (every song started with “s”). 2012 had their songs spelling out “F-ck your face”, and 2013’s show spelled out “Most shows spell something (in reverse). As speculations run abound the interwebs, Pete from Phanart.net got a hold of me and we got to collaborating on some possible sets. He gave me 4 possible scenarios, each based on a theme, which I then illustrated. We will be releasing 1 each day leading up to Phish at Dicks. No answer key is provided (yet), so you will have to use your Phish knowledge (although phish.net’s song histories are very helpful). The only hint I’ll give is that each song has been played by Phish unless noted otherwise. Each illustration will first appear through Phanart.net, and next day through this site. We’ll reveal the setlists shortly, but we’d figured we’d give you a couple days to figure them out.
Prints will be available next week or so, with 25% of the proceeds benefiting The Mockingbird Foundation.
I finally finished up last nights show setlist. This one was a bit trickier, since Phish ended up playing a 12 song second set (plus a 2 song encore). This set (while awesome), threw off my 11×14 grid system that had been working all tour so far. I sat last night with two options: Try to cram everything on an 11×14 area, which would make the images smaller and obviously crammed together, or expand to 11×17. I opted for the latter, which makes this print an oddball, unless they keep this trend up.
As with the others, this print is available for sale via etsy. As I may have mentioned before, set notes are courtesy of Phish.net, who were gracious enough to allow me to use them. In appreciation, a portion of proceeds from each illustrated setlist benefits the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Phish fans that support music education for children.
I’ll be getting ready to illustrate the Northerly Island run, although it’ll be tough since I’ll be out of town. I will try to get at least sketches up via twitter, with finished prints available early next week. Make sure to follow me on twitter : @joseeen to see my set list sketches, generally after each set!
It’s been a crazy couple of days for me. With 3 nights of SPAC, attempting to draw, post, scan, and edit was quite the challenge. I managed to find some decent audio streams of the show all the nights, which works fine for me since I’m not really watching the tv most of the shows. I have been posting the sketches of the setlists on my twitter account, usually right after each set break. This has resulted in lots of new followers and retweets, which is really cool, and doesn’t happen often. I probably won’t post too many works in progress here, but the finished pieces.
Here’s the finished version of the First night at SPAC. I decided to switch to color. The previous setlist seemed a little drab, so I decided to add a bit of color, but not completely. I’m still getting the hang of coloring digitally, but I’m actually enjoying it this time around. The hardest thing to get used to is sitting in front of a computer instead of a table with paper and paint. Depending how this goes, I would like to use more expensive, yet better quality methods to print that would allow me to use watercolors and have the colors accurately reproduced (this has been a problem in the past) .
I have this and several other Phish themed art for sale via my Esty shop, www.etsy.com/shop/Joseeen. I will also have most of these on me when I go to the Mann and Merriweather shows. I usually walk the lots selling/holding the antelope sign canvas up. If there is something I have up here that interests someone, just keep and eye out for me, I may have it on me at the time.
I will try to get the July 4th show done soon, but with the craziness that will incur with the Mann show down the road from me (20 minute drive!) I’ll either be done with it tomorrow or Thursday. I’ll have a small sketchbook with me for the Mann shows, so I’ll be sketching the setlist from the show. Make sure to follow me on twitter to see them, I’ll probably be posting after each set!
I did a sketch of last years Worcester show at the request of someone on the Phish.net forum. I’d figure it would be useful practice, plus it helps figure some logistics before I start this tours setlists. Excuse the smudges (Left handedness can be brutal). I may use some of these images again, but they will most likely keep slightly evolving as I draw more. I’m still debating on color, and whether to do it digitally or traditionally. Eventually the goal is to get the final versions printed, probably 11×14, and offer them for sale. I also plan to do past shows as well (If I’m ambitious enough, maybe try Big Cypress!) as time goes by, but I’ll probably start with the shows I’ve attended. Let me know what you guys think!
Notes: During Wilson, Trey said he repeated a verse because he was extra excited his friend Rog (Roger Halloway) was in attendance. My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own was last played on December 28, 2010 (109 shows). Prior to the start of the second set, Trey was given a Red Sox jersey (with “Phish” and “13” on the back) and draped it from Page’s piano. Waves included a Fuego tease by Trey and was preceded by a “Charge!” tease by Page. Caspian and DWD were unfinished. Ghost contained alternate lyrics.