British illustrator Drew Millward is one of the best poster artists on the planet, which is why he gets to work with many of the biggest bands in the world. His work is extremely colorful, whimsical, fun and dark all at the same time. More comfortable home with his family than out working the circuit, this conversation was an exciting (and rare) opportunity to sit and chat with one of the most influential and distinct visual-voices creating art for the music industry today. He talks about his start in art, process, working with Phish and they’re very engaged fans, designing skateboards, beer labels, and more. Drew is hilarious and full of insight and useable advice, if making incredibly eye-catching posters is something you aspire to do more of, then this episode is for you.
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PostersandToys.com first launched in 2006. It is a curated collection of art prints, movie and concert posters by many of the top artists in the world. OMG Posters is the Instagram account for Posters & Toys, and Mondo is a massive organization that license the rights to make special edition movie posters and other limited edition projects. Like they
Examples of a couple record covers Drew Millward designed.
14:35 – The Weakerthans are a popular indie band from Winnipeg, Canada. Their singer, John K Samson, use to also play in the punk band Propagandhi. Fans of one also usually love the other. John’s solo records are also INCREDIBLE!!! 18:25 – Drew drawing digitally on his Wacom tablet
21:37 – Jud’s girlfriend Krista is an amazing pattern designer and graphic artist. Her wallpaper line is quite popular. Check out here work here — www.kristapower.com
28:00 – CMYK is the name given to the ‘four colour printing process’ – this is how colour photos and other full colour images are printed on old school printing presses. The image would be separated into four colours — Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black. Then layered together they make your image look like it has infinite colours.
A moire pattern is created when printing using the CMYK format. Essentially the layered images create small circular patterns – in magazines and books that use high resolution printing you can barely notice the moire patterns, but for screen printing your dots are much bigger and the resolution much smaller — so the moire pattern stands out much more.
30:10 – Jud’s favourite screen printers that will print jobs for you if you’re really nice to them:
A couple photos from Prints of Thieves:
33:40 34:55 – Print Mafia is an old poster design shop by Connie Collingsworth and Jim H Madison
Drew also mentioned being a fan of Mark Pedini – he’s from Rhode Island. 38:30 – A selection of Drew’s art prints (no client, he made these for himself)
39:30 – A couple examples of Kevin Tong posters. Kevin is an incredible American poster artist.
40:00 – The Drew Struzan doc Jud mentions:
40:30 – Drew has been working with other industries, not just music.
45:30 – Skateboards designed by Drew Millward
45:50 – Skateboards Jud designed for his skateboard company Atlantic Aire