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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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.

 

 

Summer Update

Posted in Art, Misc with tags , , , , on July 23, 2014 by josean

Apologies all around! I have been neglecting this site this summer.  I’ve been busy on my other site, illustrating Phish setlists, and trying to get ready for a wedding in about 2 weeks.  So it’s been waking up at 8 and treating this as a job, since it’s what I do all day.  Summer started out without a hitch, I was doing Free Art Fridays, as well as The First Friday on July 4th (it was a weird one).

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One of my favorite bands, Phish, started touring in July.  As anyone who follows this blog knows, Summer= Phish related art.  I even created a blog just for it.  This year was nonstop phish art, in part because I’ve been illustrated every setlist of every show this summer, in real time, either by attending or listening to audio streams of the show live.

 

 

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Drawing/listening everywhere I went

  Drawing/listening everywhere I went

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What started out as drawing random songs (which I’ve posted here in the past), and drawing their short setlist when they played on David Letterman as a challenge, kinda blew up.  I posted it on my tumblr, which doesn’t seem to be visited much, and shortly after Letterman’s official  tumblr account (Who knew he had a tumblr?) reblogged it, although by looking at the notes it seems not a lot of people follow it.  I started doing the next few shows, and eventually someone retweeted it, and it went crazy from there.  I was contacted by Phish.net about them, who allowed me to use their set notes on my art (which happens to be copywrited) and they even used them in their show recaps!  I have the entire tour available for sale, and will soon start taking commissions for specific shows, possible as larger sized and hand drawn/colored.  With the sale of these prints, a portion is donated to the Mockingbird Foundation, who provide music education to children.

 

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