Unfortunately, I didn't realize that people other than my personal friends were reading my Blog. I really shouldn't have posted the Adam Lambert poster, and I have deleted the post about it. Maybe I can put it up again later, after the show is over and done with. This has caused a lot of trouble with Hatch and with the Ryman, because the posters are solely meant to be sold at the show and there is a limited number. I didn't mean for my post to seem as if I were advertising the poster, and I am really sorry for the trouble I have caused. I probably won't be posting any more finished work on here until the release of the work to the general public is long past.
I found these amazing copper plates (Hatchdoesn't get these made anymore, but they're from the shop's earlier days) while I was searching for things to use on a recent job, and though they weren't appropriate for a poster I thought they went together so well that Brad said I could print a card!
I finished another poster this week! It's amazing how much work we've been able to get done at Hatch, and immensely satisfying! This one is for 'BlobFest,' a movie festival that happens in Pennsylvania every year, in the town that the movie The Blobwas actually filmed in. They even host it in the actual theater one part of the movie takes place in, and do a re-enactment of the scene.
Though Hatch is trying to weed out wedding invites (they're now limited to one a month), Brad let a few of us design some since we said it was something we were interested in. The one I was assigned was pretty open to anything, and their one suggestion was ampersands! Perfect.
I never thought that interning at Hatch I would be able to do posters for famous musicians, but here we are! Brad let me work on a poster for a Santana concert, which I was really excited about! After researching some of the imagery associated with Santana, I realized that the majority of it is a hybrid of Mexican Mural Art and 1960's Psychedelic posters. Not wanting to go either of those routes, I wanted to make something more contemporary (and more simple), but keep with the same 'Santana' feeling.
Though you would think living in California I would see a lot of famous people, I really have never been than close to anyone famous (well, except for that time I ate dinner next to E-40). Nashville being dubbed "Music City" seems to cause people to want to visit, and this week being CMA Fest amps up the famous factor. On Tuesday John and I biked to Grimey's Music to see the in-store performance of Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band, whom I met when I toured with Vermillion Lies, and who are famous in certain circles. Famous People Count: 1!
This is the first project I designed at Hatch, we started it a few weeks ago and I just finished printing the type this week! Annie and I designed this poster for the Joe Nichols' fan club show, which is taking place this week as part of CMA Fest.
Though we're still not used to the heat, we seem to have found entertaining things to do in Nashville. This weekend was slightly touristy, though it started out with a bike-gang rendesvous at the local independent theater to see the opening night of Exit Through the Gift Shop. (Can you say hipster?) Look at all those bikes!
I can't believe my internship is halfway over, I'm beginning to feel at home in the Hatch shop! It's so fun to be around so much creativity all day long. Earlier this week, we were visited by Kevin (from Graphiti Associates, whom I interviewed with when we visited in March) and Aaron from Seattle, who were in Tennessee to go to the AIGA Leadership Conference in Chattanooga. I gave them a tour of the shop, and it was great to see a semi-familiar face!
At Hatch, we get ready to print a job by using Make-readies, which are posters that get stored by the press, to be printed on over and over again (either for registration or impression checking purposes). After a while, there are some pretty amazing (and gorgeous) image and color combinations, and we pull the 'cool' ones out to cut down into postcards. My job on Thursday was to design and print the back side of the postcards.
I finally finished my first poster at Hatch! I was given a 'Local Band Special,' (for an artist named Andrew Combs) something Hatch does to keep posters affordable for local bands. They don't have to pay as much because they basically have no say in the design of the poster, though we do still talk to them about what they want, and I was allowed to call the band's manager and describe the poster to him before I printed it, just to make sure I wasn't completely off the mark.