Wow. it’s been awhile since I posted anything on here! Sorry about that. I’m going to try and update this blog a bit more with current projects. If you do come to this blog every once and awhile please don’t think I’ve totally stopped updating and taking pictures of my process. To tell you the truth I’ve been using Instagram a lot more then any other social media platform. You can follow me at (krisgjohnsen). Please do! There is lots more drawing and process shots on there that I used to post on this blog, you’ll also see things first before I post them other places.
This is a new poster that I just designed for one of my favorite bands Arms And Sleepers. It’s at Space Gallery in Portland, ME. They have not played here in a few years and haven’t really been playing out in about a year since I saw them in Cambridge last December in 2012 so this show is really not to be missed, they are joined by Lymbyc Systym who I’ve never seen and Portland local An Anderson.
I’m debating making a small run of screen printed versions of this poster. If so it will change a little and the colors may be slightly different but the same basic design will be there, I will try and stay updated with process pictures if I go forward with this.
Here’s two of my favorite tracks from the headlining bands…
On October 11th my studio The Artist Studio Building in Portland, ME is having an open studio that is open to the public. The building is located at 536 Congress St. in Portland right above SPACE Gallery. Stop by if your around the area, I’ll have lots of new and old work on display and its always a pleasure to look at all of the other studios in the building, there is about 30 other studios in the building.
Finished flyer for the band Hop Along who are playing at The Oak and the Ax on Sept. 1st. I’ve really gotten into this band lately so I’m really happy to be able to make a flyer for them at one of my favorite venues! All the info is available here.
The illustration on the flyer comes from a drawing session earlier in the year. It was basically an illustration that I really enjoyed and played around with possibly saving it to re-do but I like the original!
Here’s a more recent scratch board I made while visiting my friend William Schaff in Rhode island. It’s the first time I’ve picked one of these up in a few years and really like it! Might take this theme and make a larger screen print at some point. Until then this guy is for sale for $50 for anyone interested. You can Paypal me at Krisgjohnsen@gmail.com. Shipping included.
Size is 6.5in.-8in.
I’m so excited to make a new Screaming Females poster that I decided to make a much larger one then the quick flyers in the last poster and screen print it. This guy is a 2 color screen print. Edition size isn’t counted yet but I made a bunch to hang up around town to promote the show and will probably sell a few the night of the show. Go here for all the info.
Two new flyers for one of my favorite bands the Screaming Females who are returning to Portland, ME on August 26th at Bayside Bowl. They are playing with two of my favorite Portland bands The Rattlesnakes and Leaves, Leaves. I will also be making a larger limited edition screen print for this show that I am working on now. It will be different from the flyers with tons more monsters!
Recently I was asked by an ice cream shop no where near where I live to create a poster for their 2 year anniversary. They are called Strawberry Fields. I was pretty happy with the request because it seemed I was hired from the nice person at the shop coming across my older works and wanting me to create a landscape like scene similiar to things I’ve done before but a strawberry field instead. I haven’t done a landscape like this before and I’m pretty happy with the final outcome. It does look much better in large scale so please click on the top image to catch most of the detail. The print is a digital print and measures 18in-24in. Below you can view a photos from the process of drawing the main drawing.
My work desk in my studio. Was also working on painting a logo for another project at the same time.
Below this pen drawing is a larger sketch of where I want things to be placed. After I pencil draw that in I start to ink it up.
Here’s the first initial sketch for the poster.
A little late posting these but they have been up on the Pinecone+Chickadee Facebook for awhile. The Framed. Group Art show at the store was a huge success! The show will be up till the end of the month and since these pictures were taken I have had to re-organize the wall because pieces have sold since the opening. Still looks great though! So proud of the artwork that was submitted for the show.
Here’s a bunch of pictures of the show and the opening plus a ton of Polaroids I took all night of the people attending. Enjoy!
Speaking of my new whale print. My friend Jaime, who I recently designed and printed her wedding invitations, got my little guy tattooed on her! It’s really amazing and she’s so nice to of done this, I’m speechless and a little nervous that she has to look at something I drew for the rest of her life. But thanks jaime!