I have been patiently waiting for the official green light (band approval on concept) before announcing that I will be doing Widespread Panic's show poster for their concert at Louisville Palace in April. Production will start any day now and I am excited to see the final result once the order comes back from the screen printer. This poster will be a limited edition of 250, a 4-color screen print on a great stock of French Paper Co. paper, and it will be available for the first time at the show. Of course this is a behind-the-scenes blog, so how about a bit of a preview!There are a couple of things that I think will make this particular Panic poster a little special. One, as you might notice from the preview, is that I have been experimenting with hand drawn typography. I take the type drawings from my sketch book, scan them, do a little bit of clean up in Photoshop, and then I take them into Illustrator. I convert the sketch into a vector graphic, which makes it scalable but still retains some of that hand drawn quality. I did this same process for all the elements in the poster, composing the final layout in Illustrator once I had finished all the sketches.
The other cool thing about these prints is that they are 100% locally made. That's right, these prints were born right here in Louisville, Kentucky. I did the design (a Louisville native, of course) and the printing will be handled by a local screen printer. I hope to have a few more details about the print process in future posts if I can match my schedule with the screen printer's.
I have a few other behind-the-scenes treats that I will reveal right here on this blog leading up to and after the show. Which reminds me...if you want a crack at getting this poster, they will be at the merchandise table both nights of the concert. Tickets to Panic at the Louisville Palace on April 16 and 17th are still available through ticketmaster here.
So, get ready for great music and I hope you enjoy the poster when it is complete.