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The process of creating a gig poster for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

People often ask artists about the process behind creating a piece. Personally, I could spend hours looking at process videos that other artists put together. Not only for inspiration but it’s also a very special situation where you can get a little peak into how the artist works. It baffles me how skilled some artists are with vector work, it hurts just trying to figure out how they work with such stiff tools in Illustrator (I stick to photoshop, I prefer the natural aspects and the fluidity of the tools it offers and I think it is the most closely related I can get to traditional drawing and painting on the computer) - but I would urge you to go check out DKNG’s process videos, they’re guaranteed to drop your jaw to the floor. I think sometimes it’s taken for granted how much work goes into one piece, starting from the initial inspiration and sketches and then developing into something substantial. For me, it goes through hours and hours of changes and rarely ever looks like the first sketch - but there’s always some essence of it still visible in the final product. When I start a new project I always say “Okay, this time I’m going to take detailed process shots along the way” of course I get sucked into the work and completely forget, but not this time! You can see there are a few parts where I was too submerged in it to remember to take snapshots but so far it’s the most comprehensive process I’ve documented and I’ve finally had the time to put it together and share. 

I still have a few of these silkscreened gig posters available at   www.jamesreadsmerch.com

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