JAMES - This was a tuff post to assemble, sorry it took so long. The week that i did all these seems like forever ago (i think the week of March 5th), and since then, alot has happened. The two previous posters sold very well at the shows - the Of Montreal poster is officially SOLD OUT! The Walkmen poster can be gotten at gigposters.com.
Anyway, concerning the posters in this post...the Moaners was the easiest - from concept to finished ink drawing was maybe 3hours. At the last minute before printing it, i decided to make the linework a dark blue instead of black. I think it worked out well. The piece is titled "Not Britney", since coincidentally a day after i drew it the pop tart buzzed her head. funny, huh?
The Sharon Jones poster was the hardest. i went thru at least 5 fully fleshed-out concepts, and as you can see in one of the pics, one went as far as a finished ink drawing which was scanned and ready to print, until the last minute I decided to scrap it. The illo is good enough, but the poster wasn't doing anything for me, conceptually or compositionally, and adding color to it was a nightmare. After more concepts and heavy sketching, i came to the 3-D idea. Thank god for google & wikipedia - the next morning i read up on the concepts of 3-D images and how to achieve the effect with Cyan/Red (long story short: RRR = red right receding). The illustration had to be done in 3 separate parts to achieve a convincing three-tier 3-D image.
The two Antibalas posters were definitely the most fun to do. Most times i do coloring in the computer, since it's mostly filling in areas boardered by my black ink lines. But for the Lion poster, i wanted the red color to be 'illustrated', so i laid a piece of tracing paper over the finished inks and painted the red where i wanted it, just so. This way i wouldn't have to do any color separations in the computer. I also used alot of dry-brush technique on the black ink drawing and both that and the reddish color translated perfectly in the final prints. The Zebra poster is my favorite one so far - i'm most proud of the composition. And it's very interpretive (could be an active volcano with red lava letters, or the intended zebra head, etc) and exciting, even though it's incredibly simple.
All in all, i say the prints were a raging success. The rest of the shows begin this weekend, so hopefully they'll sell well (gotta drive 4 hours to get to two of the shows, bummer).