Cleveland Ohio has hosted some great bands at a now annual Spring Fling fest. I had the opportunity to make the show poster this year. My super talented buddy Karl took one of my doodles to make a crispy cool logo and I slapped on the rest.
The first announcement went a little something like this, with two hooligan birds hanging out:
Soon the whole shebang was out of the bag:
I love this kind of stuff, and especially love the excuse to draw silly birds in coats. I traced photos of Ohio bird heads and gave them all happy little coats and things. What started as an idea for a little zine that would be handed out at the show ended up as announcements to be shared on all the band's pages to promote the show. One of the bands, Bare Walls, even liked it enough to make some stickers.
(never got a hold of the Cleveland Scene issue that this was printed in)
Magazines & sites ran the ads, the zines were printed, shirts were made, and it all happened:
This project was a new opportunity that was definitely a push out of my usual comfort zone. At the end of the day, the feeling of working on illustrations that were shown by tons of bands I listen to (for example, I am a huge stupid fan of Four Year Strong and Turnstile) was super surreal. Just a friendly reminder that if you really stick with what you like, you never know how it might end up paying off!