It's high summer and time again for the Pitchfork Music Festival here in Chicago! As usual there is a great line up music this year. Check it out HERE. In conjunction with Pitchfork is the Flatstock Poster Convention, where I will have a booth with my posters and some other artwork. If you are lucky enough to be attending Pitchfork (looks to be sold out, and the weather, for once, looks like it won't be soul crushingly hot), stop by my booth and say hi!
This Thrusday (tomorrow, 7/16) I will also be attending a book signing at Quimby's Book Store.The book signing is for a book by Clay Hayes. Clay is the founder of Gigposters.com, a site that has been instrumental in exposing the art of gig posters to a much wider audience and creating the community of artists of which I am a part. The book, Gig Posters Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century, is a beautiful compilation of some finest poster art being made today. Even better the book has 101 perforated and ready-to-hang posters. Me and fellow Chicago artists, Jay Ryan, Dan Grzeca, Delicious Design and Steve Walters will be present at Quimby's at 7:00PM along with Clay Hayes to be signing copies of the book.The above image is the poster of mine that was chosen to be my "tear out" poster. So if you missed out on getting the real thing, you can get the 11 x 14 inch version in the book. Hope to see you there!
I'm a fan of Neko Case, and really love the new album, Middle Cyclone. Lucky me, I was given permission to create a poster for her upcoming show at Massey Hall in Toronto on 7/14/2009. Aside from having respect for her as an artist (musical and visual), I am also drawn to her love and understanding of nature and its inhabitants. Wilderness and the forces of nature are themes that consistently thread her songs, especially on the current album, and previous (Fox Confessor Brings the Flood). As she has been a advocate for the environment, it seems fitting to have a group of forest critters singing her praises. It's a five color screenprint, and will be available after the show date.
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Anhinga - Anhinga anhinga
July 02, 2009
While at the Field Museum today I finally snapped some photos of a mounted specimen of an Anhinga, something I had been intending to do for some time. I've always been interested in the odd (and beautiful) Anhinga ever since I saw one snaking around in some pond down in Florida. It's body was completely submerged, with only its head and serpent neck slinking above the water's surface. Anhingas spend most of their life in water. When not in water they can be seen sitting on a branch, much in the same postition of this specimen, drip drying their feathers. Unlike other birds, Anhingas have dense bones, and feathers that can get fully wet. These adaptations allow them to acheive a neutral buoyancy in water. They will dive for prey, spearing fish with their razor sharp beaks.
I am planning on doing a large watercolor (30 x 40 inch) of an Anhinga, specifically of its back as I love the black and white plumage, and the way it drapes over the wings.