Drawing to the Dead

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2016 by josean

I recently finished two new illustrations, inspired by the music of the Grateful Dead.

Cosmic Charlie big copy - Copy.jpg“Cosmic Charlie” Ink, watercolor, digital.

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wla-fadeaway-copy-small“West L.A. Fadeaway”  ink and watercolor/digital

Prints Available

I also created some variants of this illustrations:

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Although I’ve been a fan of Grateful Dead, I had’t done much art related to them until recently.  Last year I was asked to create posters for Without A Net, an all star lineup of musicians playing the music of the Dead. This led me to create a few other illustrations that took elements of my own artwork with a GD twist, which I used to create some posters for the Dead & Co. show in Philly in 2015. And most recently, I created a poster for Splintered Sunlight, an east coast Grateful Dead tribute band.  I avoided illustrating songs as I do for Phish, although I had plenty of people suggesting I do.  It wasn’t until Phish’s recent Nashville show, which had Bob Weir sit in for their second set.  They ended up playing 4 GD songs, which of course I had to illustrate!

bob-weir-setSET 2: Julius > Fuego > My Friend, My Friend, Samson and Delilah[2], Twist[3] > Miss You[4], West L.A. Fadeaway[4] > Playing in the Band[5]

ENCORE: Quinn the Eskimo[3]

This show featured the Phish debut of Samson and Delilah and Playing in the Band. West L.A. Fadeaway was last played October 6, 2000 (383 shows). Samson and Delilah through Playing in the Band featured Bob Weir on guitar. Weir also sang vocals on Samson and Delilah, Miss You, and West L.A. Fadeaway. The soundcheck’s Blues Jam featured a verse of Funky Bitch from Trey and Walking Blues featured Weir on vocals.

I plan to do a couple more songs in the near future, but I’m in no rush.  I want the ideas to come organically, and for it to be original. This can be difficult, on account that fans have been creating Dead inspired art for almost 50 years now!  But it’s a challenge I’m willing to take on!  Stay tuned for some new art in the coming months!

Setlist/notes © 1990-2016  The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.

Characters Welcome 5

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by josean

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Tonight is the opening of Characters Welcome 5 at Tattooed Mom‘s in Philly! The show, which features sticker art from around the world, starts at 7pm (21+), with an all ages show Saturday 1-5pm. Plenty of my stickers will be in the show,  and as in previous years, the boards of stickers are available for sale and 100% of the profits benefit youth art programs.

I was lucky enough to have been asked again to help set up for the show, which involves hours of peeling stickers from my favorite artists and sticking them on boards (with the occasional poutine break). This year, the sizes of the boards vary (12×12 to 2ftx4ft), so you’ll be able to find a board that fits your wall space.

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A few of the stickers I made for the show.

The best part of this show is that it brings in street artists from all over the place (Philly and beyond) for a night where the stickers flow freely.  I’ll be giving stickers out to anyone who wants one, as well as some new block prints!  See you there!

Splintered Sunlight 11/25/16

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2016 by josean

I was recently asked to create the poster for Splintered Sunlight’s upcoming show at the Ardmore Music Hall.  This show commemorates the 20th anniversary of them first playing at the Ardmore Music Hall (formerly known as 23 East).splintered-sunlight-a

Event details

Tickets: http://bit.ly/Splint20

Cars Trucks Buses

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2016 by josean

Not just reading the book,

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.

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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…

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Gone Phishin’ Series

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by josean

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I recently finished up my latest series, 15 show posters for the band Phish’s summer tour.   I done posters for past shows, but only a handful (aside from my illustrated setlists for every show).  I wanted a bit of a challenge, and wanted every poster to have a common theme.  I also wanted to get back to drawing figures, as well as working with micron pens.  Using the obvious fishing theme, I used the state fish of each venue (as well as fish found in the area for multiple shows in the same state.)  Some of figures used were actual Phish fans who submitted pictures!

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All the posters are available at www.phishart.com.  I also have a couple “unphished” versions available in my Etsy shop.

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Brown Don’t Drown

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by josean

I recently had the honor to participate in an all Latino group show put together by Sean 9 Lugo, a fellow artist from Jersey, who’s work is seen on and off the streets in Philly and NYC. The show took place at 17 Frost Gallery in NYC this July, and featured over 30 artists.

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My piece for the show. It had been a while since I’d done an all graphite drawing.  The piece is still available, contact me for inquiries.

 

Check out this article on Art & Fashion Salon for more pictures of the works in the show.

 

 

What I did with my Summer Vacation

Posted in Uncategorized on August 9, 2016 by josean

Not just reading the book,

Back in May I had posted about my ambitious summer project, a poster for every show/run Phish played this summer.  I surprised myself when I first announced it, wondering if this was a good idea. I was still going to do the illustrated setlists, and those can take a lot of time on its own.  But here we are in August, and I can say it was a success! 13 posters, 11 different kinds of fish, and a few epic beards in 2 months.  It was fun working with detail again, it had been a couple years.  This was also my first time drawing fish, so I learned a lot doing that.  This project also allowed me to more acquainted with the digital medium.  Everything I learned has been self taught ( I avoided digital in college, and learned just enough to edit photographs), and I can say I can do a…

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