I definitely think philaarts has a point where he says that unknown artists generally sell less posters,regardless of quality,than the known artists.Its the chicken and the egg situation,how do u become known if people won't buy your work because you are UNknown? i've done posters of led zeppelin and pink floyd but they arent big sellers cause nobody knows who i am!if the whole world had that attitude,the planet would grind to a halt overnight.its all about contacts and luck at the end of the day,not the band or the quality.its the REAL good ones who last forever,same as everything else.
Using selling power as a method of quality? are YOU on crack? I guess that would make Linkin Park, Britney Spears and Creed the BEST musical acts around?
Any designer around who thinks he/she is good based on sales is deluding themselves, i think. It's about the band(s). And on that note, did the designer simply look thru the alt-weekly-newspaper, pick a venue, pick a band and create a poster for sale? So in this scenerio what did the designer really DO?
hey, i think the poster rocks, just because its done with markers or crayons etc doesnt make it an inferior gigposter.. ie the old debate on if a poster is a certain size or if its silkscreened..
on top of that, the comment "I doubt people would pay cash money to buy one of these and have it framed on a wall."
the fact if a poster is worth money or if someone would buy it is really not the mark of a great poster.
example, as i do sell a few posters sometimes...
1. i have some of the greatest works by both huge and unknown artists that i think they are incredible, but i cant give away... great shit. some of the works are so good its scary.
2. i have really hacky bad stuff that people pay alot for. some of these items even the artist says "god it sucks i cant believe people buy that one over my so and so print.. "
artists and dealers and promoters of course love a great poster, but you cant attach a price to equal success. for every successful artist there are 100's of artists out there that have better talent that will never be seen.
"I doubt people would pay cash money to buy one of these and have it framed on a wall."
Check out the prices that some of the old punk flyers trade for sometime. If the bands get popular this is the very thing many fans would love to have hanging on their wall - a simple flyer from the days before the artist became famous. I do believe that's how this whole gig poster thing came about?
let me elaborate. as i said, this poster does the job. it's not to say that using a photoshop filter and day-glo ink is bad. if used properly they can be very effective. most posters completely miss the point and are nothing more than fancy art prints with a band name slapped on. horrible type barely integrated with an image is a dead give away. from what i've seen most posters these days have little or nothing to do with the band. instead they're oversized slick printed masturbatory exercises in which the self important artist tries to say something. it makes great bird cage lining but doesn't make a great poster. what this poster artist does so wonderfully is give the viewer a sense of the music one can expect from the show in an eye catching way. heck, i can even guess the ticket price from viewing this poster and more importantly i'm interested in checking out the show.
i do agree with rich about the beauty that nothing is filtered and its hand lettering (if it is, i cant tell)... as someone who doesnt know much about a computer when it comes to design, its cool to see someone go old school. i really only have command with the good ole oils and canvas.
not knocking people who use the computer for design, just to me, its refreshing
for my money, this poster artist is kicking the ass of all you more seasoned pros. why? posters like this contains an energy and purity that isn't found in any photoshop filter or day-glo color. and his posters get the job done. lots of raw talent here. here's hoping this artiste doesn't get tainted by viewing most of work on this site.