Reinventing the rock poster by creating a series of limited edition prints for 50 great rock bands. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 14, 2013.
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SIMPLIFYING THE REWARDS
The main reason why there are so many reward options, 120 to be exact, is because there are 4 different sizes of LIMITED EDITION prints for 25 different bands! To make it easy, simply choose what size print you would like or the amount you want to spend, then scroll to that section of the reward tier and look for the band you want.
$1 - $65 = small (9x12 - 10x13) giclée print, hoodie, t-shirt, thank you postcard or digital wallpapers
$75 - $80 = medium (13x19 - 16x20) limited edition giclée print + magnet + sticker + thank you postcard + digital wallpapers
$135 = large (22x28 - 20x30) limited edition giclée print + sticker + magnet + thank you postcard + digital wallpapers
$250 - $350 = a commissioned ORIGINAL ink portrait drawing of the rock star of your choice (8x10 - 11x14)
$275 - $295 = extra large (28x34 - 28x40) SUPER limited edition (ONLY 25 of this size) giclée print + magnet + sticker + thank you postcard + digital wallpapers
$1,250 - $1,850 = 8 - 30 pages of ORIGINAL drawings + the FIRST (#1 of 25) extra large (28x34 - 28x40) SUPER limited edition giclée print + hoodie + t-shirt + magnet + sticker + thank you postcard + digital wallpapers
Kickstarter allows you to choose just ONE reward option. If you are wanting to purchase more than one reward, add the total cost of the rewards you want and enter that as your pledge amount. Then send me a message listing the rewards you would like. Please message me if you have any questions.
THE ORIGINS OF THIS PROJECT
Ever since I was in diapers I have enjoyed creating art. Once I hit awkward puberty I found solace in trying to play guitar. Today I am on a journey to reinvent the rock poster. I'm here on Kickstarter to ask for your support to make this dream a reality. If successfully funded I will give you beautifully crafted and brilliantly conceived high quality, limited edition rock 'n' roll giclée prints of your favorite bands. That's this project in a nutshell, for more details, keep reading.
As a teenager in the 90's I spent the majority of my meager paycheck on purchasing CDs. In order to get more bang for my buck, I would usually drive to Minneapolis to my favorite used music store, Cheapo. I would spend hours shuffling through piles of unorganized, used CDs in hopes to find a few gems. In those days I found great pleasure and excitement in viewing the art filled booklet of a newly purchased CD, while listening to the music for the first time. Such an experience would frequently result in me feeling personally connected to the band.
Since those care free days of my youth, I have noticed such feelings are increasingly more rare even though I am purchasing more music than ever. I think one major reason for this detachment is that, for the past ten years almost all the music I have purchased has been intangible MP3s. This digital format has physically disconnected me from having that experience of my youth when I heard AND saw the music.
Back when Radiohead released The King Of Limbs I decided I was going to purchase the special "Newspaper" edition. The day it arrived I sat down for over 2 hours to read the newspaper and enjoy the artwork while re-listening to the album. That was the first time in a long time that I felt the excitement of my youth, and a tangible connection between art and music.
Since that day I have been striving to reconnect art and music in my life through reinventing the rock poster. I have always had a feeling of nostalgia when gazing upon my CD collection, but now I feel these rock posters are connecting me to the music and these bands with an even greater sense of excitement.
ROCK N ROLL POSTERS OF THE PAST
Rock 'n' roll-inspired art of the past mostly consists of concert or gig posters. Many of these posters have vibrant, psychedelic, rad artwork but at the same time lack any ACCURATE visual representation of who the band really is or what their music sounds like.
Another defective attribute of most rock posters is being cluttered with specific concert information such as the venue, date, opening acts, where to buy tickets, and even when the doors open. If you attended the concert for which a poster was created then there is significance in having the concert info on the poster; but if not, all that information means NOTHING and in many cases it takes away from the art itself.
Many other gig posters have rather cliché images. Rock 'n' roll is so much more than skulls, the middle finger, and half-naked, big-breasted, devil women. That is why I want to create this series; to truly capture the essence of each band and the music they create.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
15 - 35 hours researching the band, reading through the lyrics of every song, collecting a wide range of photo reference of the band and their original album artwork, watching music videos & live performances and brainstorming concepts & themes relevant to the band and their music. Doing such in depth research helps to create a visually accurate representation of the band and their music.
35 - 60 hours creating the detailed drawings, puzzle-piecing the drawings together in Photoshop, arranging & tweaking the composition and hand drawing the text.
10 - 15 hours creating background textures by painting and collaging photo reference.
15 - 30 hours enhancing the background textures and adding digital color.
The average piece takes me 85 hours to complete, however on a few pieces I have spent over 140 hours.
SYMBOLISM & HIDDEN MEANING
With each piece I create I strive to truly capture the essence of the band through imagery, lyrics and the overall concept. In several of these band posters you will see original album artwork incorporated into the piece. Almost all of the text in each piece is lyrically based. Usually the more you are familiar with the history of the band and their music, the more you will understand the symbolism and appreciate the subtle nuances within my work. Here are just a few examples:
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING IMAGES TO VIEW THE ARTWORK IN IT'S ENTIRETY
I knew before I even started my Led Zeppelin piece that I wanted it to have a mystical feeling. As I dove into my research I quickly realized that Tarot cards would make the perfect foundation on which to build. The "Stairway to Heaven" illustration of the "Zoso" booklet obviously derives from The Hermit Tarot card. Below, you can see how the Tarot deck influenced this piece.
In "The Beatles - Lonely Hearts, Rubber Soul & Magical Yellow Submarine Tour" you will see a walrus sitting on a mushroom smoking a hookah, here is how that imagery came about...
When John Lennon wrote the lyrics to the song "I Am The Walrus" he based it on the poem "The Walrus And The Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll is best known for writing Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. In Alice in Wonderland there is a part where Alice comes across a caterpillar sitting on a mushroom smoking a hookah.... hence, the walrus on the mushroom smoking the hookah is born.
The hookah also ties in nicely with the sitar since both originate from the India - Persia region.
In "Radiohead - The King of Limbs" you will notice 3 white mice in the tree towards the top of the image, they are each doing a different dance move inspired by Thom's Lotus Flower dance.
In "Pearl Jam - If Not For Love I Would Be Drowning" there is original album artwork from all of PJ's nine studio albums from Ten to Backspacer.
In "U2 - Where Is The Hope And Where Is The Faith And The Love" you will see a demolished building to the left, in the middle of the wall there is a deteriorated spot. The shape of this spot is Ireland (the island not the republic) which is of course U2's native land.
These are just a few samples of symbolism and hidden meaning within my work. If this project is successful I plan to publish a coffee table book of all 50 pieces with a detailed description of all the symbolism, hidden meaning and inspiration behind each piece.
I have already completed 18 of these posters but I need your help to finish the remaining 32. Because this is an enormous undertaking and in order to get you your rewards faster, I’m dividing this goal into two phases or projects. For the first phase I want to finish another 7 posters totaling 25 and then if there is sufficient funding and interest I will complete an additional 25 NEW posters in the second phase. Who knows, with your help maybe I’ll create posters for 100 rock bands!
PHASE 1 COMPLETED
- Led Zeppelin
- The Beatles
- Jimi Hendrix
- Bob Dylan
- Tom Waits
- Pearl Jam
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Smashing Pumpkins
- Foo Fighters
- The Black Keys
- The Kings Of Leon
- Jack White
- Blink 182
PHASE 1 REMAINING
- Green Day
- Queens Of The Stone Age
- The Flaming Lips
- John Mayer
STRETCH GOAL $150,000
If we reach $150,000 I will dedicate the next year & a half to this project and complete an additional 25 NEW posters in the 2nd phase totaling 50 posters!!! If we make it that far I plan to publish a coffee table book of all 50 posters with a detailed description of the symbolism, hidden meaning and inspiration behind each piece. Limited edition giclée prints of the following bands will ONLY be available if we reach the stretch goal.
PHASE 2 BANDS
- The Rolling Stones
- Pink Floyd
- Guns N Roses
- Stone Temple Pilots
- The White Stripes
- Tom Petty
- Linkin Park
- The Killers
- Bob Marley
- The Ramones
- Dave Matthews Band
- The Strokes
- Nine Inch Nails
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- System Of A Down
- The Who
- Rage Against The Machine
- Black Sabbath
- OK GO
T-SHIRTS are 60/40 cotton-poly blend crew neck. Available in both men's and women's cut in the following sizes: MEN'S small - 3XL & WOMEN'S small - 2XL
HOODIES are 80/20 cotton-poly blend with a front pocket. Available in sizes small - 3XL.
The following images are just mock-ups and there may be some slight variations in the final product.
All of my prints are giclées. What is giclée? It is the process by which an image is rendered digitally by spraying ink onto archival paper or canvas. Using hundreds of inkjets, more than a million droplets of ink per second are sprayed onto the selected media. Once completed, an image is comprised of almost 20 billion droplets of ink, resulting in rich, vibrant fine-art prints. The archival pigment inks used offer a minimum of 75 years of light-fastness and UV-resistance. This type of art reproduction is quickly becoming the new standard in the art industry and is widely embraced for its quality by many museums, galleries, art publishers and artists.
Each print is on archival, non-toxic, acid-free, high quality matte paper. A convenient white border surrounds each image making most prints a standard frame size so you won’t have to spend extra money purchasing a custom frame. This border also provides greater ease if you choose to mat the print. All prints are signed and numbered on the front, with the exception of the small print (9 x 12 / 10 x 13) which is not numbered but is available signed for $35 (unsigned for $25)
The prints in this series have both rectangular and squarish dimensions and for this reason you will notice that each size (small - extra large) has two possible measurements. To know the exact measurement of a specific medium print (13x19 OR 16x20) look at the reward details for that print. The 7 pieces remaining in phase 1 (The Flaming Lips, R.E.M., Beck, etc) will be listed as "13 x 19 - 16 x 20" since these details have not been decided yet.
Each print is available in 4 sizes:
SMALL - 9 x 12 - 10 x 13 (Open Edition)
MEDIUM - 13 x 19 - 16 x 20 (Limited Edition of 250)
LARGE - 22 x 28 - 20 x 30 (Limited Edition of 250)
EXTRA LARGE - 28 x 34 - 28 x 40 (SUPER Limited Edition of 25)
ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES
CLICK ON EACH INDIVIDUAL POSTER TO SEE DETAILED CLOSE-UPS AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS FOR THAT PIECE
ADDITIONAL ARTWORK AVAILABLE IN THE "FAN" AND/OR "SUPER" PACK REWARDS
CLICK ON EACH INDIVIDUAL POSTER TO SEE DETAILED CLOSE-UPS AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS FOR THAT PIECE
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COMMISSIONED ORIGINAL INK PORTRAIT
For $250 you can own an original 8 x 10 ink portrait drawing of the rock star of your choice. In addition to the original art, you will also receive a magnet, sticker, postcard, and digital wallpaper.
For $350 you can own an original 11 x 14 ink portrait drawing of the rock star of your choice. In addition to the original art, you will also receive a magnet, sticker, postcard, and digital wallpaper.
The look and style of your portrait would be similar to the images below.
CLOSE-UPS OF INK PORTRAITS
THE "SUPER PACK" REWARDS
There is ONLY ONE "Super Pack" reward for each band poster. It includes ALL of the ORIGINAL drawings and sketches for that piece (somewhere between 8 - 30) To know the exact number of drawings included in a specific super pack, see the reward details to the right. Please note that some of the original art may not appear EXACTLY how it does in the final poster; as there were some drawings that were adjusted or tweaked in Photoshop.
Also included in each band's "Super Pack" is the FIRST (#1 of 25) signed, super limited edition, extra large (28 x 34 - 28 x 40) giclee print. For each poster there will ONLY be 25 of this size printed!
Here are 8 of the 18 original pages from the Pearl Jam poster to give you an idea of the style and layout of the original drawings.
PROJECT EXPENSES / HOW FUNDS WILL BE USED
Thanks to Dave Biesinger for creating my video!
Thanks to Fictionist for your wicked awesome music and allowing me to use it in my video. If you are unfamiliar with Fictionist you need to give your ear drums a treat and check them out at http://www.fictionist.com/band or on FB http://www.facebook.com/fictionistnoise
Thanks to the Daily Herald for featuring this project on the front page (of the Life & Style section) of their Sunday paper (5/19/13) Read the article HERE
Thanks to my beautiful wife, family and friends for supporting a starving artist with big dreams. I love you!
AND THANK YOU!!! Thank you for your financial contribution to help make this project a reality. Thank you for sharing this project and helping to spread the word. Thank you for seeing the value in what I do, I greatly appreciate your support!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in completing all 50 posters is simply having sufficient funding so I can work exclusively on this project and dedicate myself to it. The average piece takes me 85 hours, so in order to complete the second phase of 25 NEW posters it will take me the better part of a year. I am confident that if I could work full time on this project I could complete the second phase within a year; since last summer (while I was not teaching) I completed eight posters in three months.
There is always a possible risk of unforeseeable set backs; nothing that would prevent you from getting your rewards but possibly not in the time frame I established. With that said, I tried to calculate those set backs into my time frame so unless there's a major problem with the printers or a grizzly bear gnaws off my right arm (knock on wood) we should be good to go.
If there are any set backs along the way I will communicate those to you as soon as I know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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