Grateful Bears

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2017 by josean

I recently finished up these two linocuts, inspired by the Grateful Dead Bears.  They were originally sketches for a Splintered Sunlight poster I worked on a couple months ago, but I put them aside and forgot about the until recently.  I have been working  mainly with linocuts this year, and was eager to find something new to carve.  The first bear is a mashup between a bear and the skull and roses image (aka Bertha), and the second is an accurate bear skull. I’ve also be trying out new printmaking techniques, so the Bertha Bear is a 3 color reduction print, and I plan to do some handcolored versions of the other bear.  I currently have a small edition of both (or as a set) in my shop.

I’m also currently working on a shop that focuses on my printmaking work.  It’s a work in progess, so more items are being added constantly, both old and current prints.

Cumberland Blues

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2017 by josean

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I recently finished up this linocut inspired by the song “Cumberland Blues” by the Grateful Dead.  My largest print to date (12×18), this was quite a challenge since I was using a soft cut linoblock, which has the tendency to move when lots of pressure is applied.  The print came out better than expected, and I ended up making 2 variations.

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The regular edition was printed on 14.5×22 90lb cream paper and limited to an edition of 50.  The variant was printed on 15×22 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper (hand colored to create a “tie-dye” effect), and  limited to an edition of 25. Both are currently available in my shop: www.etsy.com/shop/joseeen

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.

Prints available

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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