When i was a young lad, my parents sent me off to art school every week for years. i loved it, but once i turned 13 and picked up a bass guitar, my artwork was limited to drawings on the inside of my school books. in honor of Ocean Grove playing our first east coast concert, i decided to give myself an art project to commemorate the event. I wanted to draw a show poster based on the old japanese painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (pictured below.) figured it fit my band’s name
after deliberating in my head and sitting at my desk for a long time, i drew a quick sketch in about 5 minutes to map out my idea. i would replace the mountain in the background with the manhattan skyline and have the crest of the wave be turning into music notes:
Then i started drawing the text. i didn’t want any part of this to be done on a computer (besides the color.) hand-drawing the text was painstaking, but worth it. in case of a mistake, which there were many of, i drew the 1st draft in pencil:
after listening to lots of bernard purdie, i finally finished the pencil sketch:
then i outlined the pencil sketch in fine-tip sharpie:
if you look closely, you can see i messed up a little bit on my tiny empire state building, but i decided not to fix any mistakes on the computer. i thought it stayed true with the theme of the entire thing being hand-drawn and kept it human. from there, it was scanned in to a computer and colored with the help of my good friend Kyle187 using photoshop. The finished product (top) will be available at Ocean Grove’s concert this Friday in NYC. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did designing it!