I've been working on this piece for a while, kind of a ridiculous process. Though I'm not entirely 100% happy with the illustration it's still what it is. HOLY INSANITY.
Though I still got my qualms with the illustration, I am super duper proud as punch about how this whole shabangalang turned out. The image was always every supposed to be texture under the text anyway, so... the text is the thing. 144 people are playing a show. These are they. So, yeah, hand lettering that shit was treacherous.
These inks are where I think I hurt the most. This took so long to draw and then because the clock was ticking, I busted my ass to get these inks down pronto. Wish I had started earlier and given myself the time to take making them flawless. Anyway, even with that fact, this piece is the probably the most retarded thing I've done in a long time. More retarded than going back to school. More retarded than watching ALL of LOST Seasons 1 through 3 in the span of like, a week.
If you're an illustratador and it hasn't crossed your mind to try drawing something like this yet. I highly recommend it. It's like putting together a puzzle with nothing on the pieces and no reference for what it's supposed to look like until it's done. About half way through I was adding Buddhist monks and Spider-Man and shit. By the time I was done I just couldn't believe it.
SO: Yes, the Cleveland Lottery League 2008, go to the blog for more info here: Lottery League. The gist of the thing is that a shitload of musicians here registered for a draft, then got together and by way of a lottery assembles 33 new bands all at once. Ten weeks later all the bands are playing together at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern.
Here's another new poster. See, I told you: Grizzly. From what I understand ETTRICK is really fucking awesome. Also awesome? Self Destruct Button is playing a goddamn show!
I have a couple other things to announce for April 19th, the following Saturday. One I'll hold off on until it's in the bag, but the events in Collinwood that night are shaping up to be a lot of fun. MUSIC SAVES is going to be throwing a Record Store Day event which includes a coloring contest. I'll be one of the judges along with Mikey from Little Jacket, John Dudas of Carol & John's Comic Shop, and Jon Hicks.
Here's the image: