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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Surrender to the Flow #50

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2016 by josean

Not just reading the book,

I was recently interviewed for the last issue of Surrender to the Flow, a publication created by Phish fans for Phish fans.  If you’ve gone to any show in the last 18 years, chances are you’ve seen them on lot.

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A treasure trove of vital information any phan should know about the venues they’ll be visiting, as well as stories and articles about the band, scene, and phans. Created in 1998 (before the luxury of smartphone), each issue told you what you need to know for your trip, especially when doing multi city tours.

I was interviewed by Sydne Kasle, who ran across my artwork on the internet.  She contacted me with questions (that I’m sure a lot of people had), and I was happy to answer! The issue(their 50th!), was given out for free at all the east coast shows.  You can also download the issue as…

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Summer Tour 2016!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2016 by josean

Not just reading the book,

Feels Good.jpgTour is back!  My favorite time of year, because I have lots of free time to draw all day (benefits of being a teacher!)  I now enter my 3rd year doing my setlist illustrations (74+ setlists, 374+ song illustrations), and I’m ready to make some more!  At this point the process is more like a puzzle, since I’ve draw so many songs, although there will be new variations of songs I’ve drawn before (the ones they play regularly).  The headers will include all new drawings, as well as variations of my show posters I did for the shows as well.

2015 was a great year for me artwise! My setlist art helped me get a few jobs designing some show posters ( Without A Net,Jazz is Phish, and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies), and Poster sales helped raise over $200 dollars for Mockingbird Foundation ($1 from each setlist…

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Summer 2014 Setlists

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 by josean

2014 setlists are no longer available via my etsy shop, but can still be purchased!  Prints are $5 each  plus $4 shipping. Click on the link below to check out the setlists/ contact me to purchase.

Source: Summer 2014 Setlists

Phish Studio Era Compilations

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 by josean

Not just reading the book,

I recently provided some art for a Phish compilation created by Reddit user RiverportGin. It coincided with my ongoing project of creating song illustrations for Phish’s discography.  Gin approached me about doing the album art at the perfect time and me being  fan of Phan compilations, was happy to help out. This allowed me to draw the songs that Phish rarely plays live, and made me revisit their studio albums, which I haven’t heard in years.  According to RiverportGin, “The idea is to capture what was happening live at the time leading up to and immediately following each of the Phish studio albums. The start date for each compilation corresponds to when Phish
started studio work for the album and ends just before work on the next album
begins.”

I was asked to include the songs found on each album, although they aren’t all in the compilations.  RiverportGin came up with…

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