Coachella 2015 print by Tim Doyle
For the second year in a row, artist Tim Doyle was asked to produce a poster for the annual COACHELLA music festival! He decided to follow up the Panda Bear theme from last year, making this a direct ‘sequel’ image! (You can see last year’s poster HERE)
This year’s print is 18×24 and is signed and numbered in a tiny edition of 100 worldwide. The poster debuted back last weekend at the fest, and that weekend’s copies sold out immediately- the remaining 50 copies will go on sale at the merch booth there starting on Friday the 17th.
THEN- on Monday the 20th, we will release the tiny amount of AP copies allotted to us on the Nakatomi site at 2pm Central time.
Here’s a look at Tim Doyle’s design process-
1- Like last year, the only design requirement was ‘no skulls, drugs, alcohol, or guns!’ I had such a fun time drawing the Panda playing guitar last year, I decided to revisit that character, and put him in the space suit that first appeared in my Black Keys and Primus poster from a few years back. In my head, this is the same guy the whole time- a Panda-Astronaut. So- I did this quickie doodle here in photoshop and sent it off for approval. They came back with an immediate ‘YES’ and I set to drawing!
2- With that general layout in mind, I started drawing- I just kind of rough shapes in on the board in pencil, and started inking while it was in progress. I didn’t really know where I was going to end up on this print, just finding my way as I went. I decided to take the helmets off so that you could see that they are clearly pandas. Also- my cat Pickles made an appearance in this stage. It just fit the composition well. Composition-cat.
3- Here’s the original drawing, all completed! Pen and ink on an 18×24 sheet of Bristol board. I think it’s time to admit I have no idea how to draw a flower. Also- how did that capsule get up in that tree? Who let the Pandas drive the space-ship? Silly pandas with their fuzzy faces and bamboo.
5- So we scan this sucker in, and start coloring in Photoshop! I wanted this to stand out colorwise from last year’s print, but still feel in the same tonal range. I THINK I pulled it off. Maybe? I work in layers on Photoshop, with each color on it’s own layer- in the same order that the colors get printed. The completed digital file is at the head of this post…
6- Detail shot of the completed, printed poster! I’m probably a little to pleased about the Panda/NASA logos there…
On top of a split fountain color blend in the sky, we have some subtle half-toning in there to push a depth of field a bit- really happy how this one turned out.
7- Full shot of the finished print- in hand!
Thanks for looking, everyone-and we’ll have AP copies of the poster on sale on the Nakatomi site this Monday at 4/20 at 2pm Central time HERE.