This was just too excellent to witness unfold online. Two of my favorite poster designers collaborating on a poster for one of my favorite bands:
Crosshair x Sonnenzimmer = one amazing Codeine poster. The whole process was documented by Dan MacAdam of Crosshair on the G igposters.com forums. I highly encourage you to read the entire thread there to see all the images and follow the comments as they came in live duruing the process, but I’ve also compiled a digest version here in the gallery below. The final result is a gorgeous tribute to Codeine that really plays up each artist’s strengths in detail and restraint. Just like the music of Codeine.
Keep checking the
Gigposters.com classifieds for info on how to purchase this beautiful print. I’ll be sure to post the link here once it’s available.
UPDATE: The poster is now available for $40 in the Crosshair store:
Photo of the final print
Clockwise from upper left: Nicole Kita, Dan MacAdam, Nick Butcher, Nadine Nakanishi
Ninth and last color is black. Actually dark gray…because of proximity effect, only things very close to the viewer actually look black black. If we printed straight black it would look all fucked up and kill the depth.
No worries! All good.
Nick & Nicole figuring out wtf the problem is
Shit just got real with color #8! Lot of little problems requiring lightning solutions. All solved. Why does the easiest color always turn out to be the hardest? same as the last color, with white added.
The state of things
Meanwhile, Nicole sprays out the 9th screen
Sonnenzimmer, on the press.
…and tempting fate.
Not really as brown as it looks in this pic.
Color 7 is the big overprint layer in the foreground, and the trickiest to get the right balance of color and transparency
It’s a mix of Iron Oxide Yellow with dribs & drabs of blue, white, green, magenta, and a ton of transparent base.
The ladies have taken over the press:
Yes, hot as balls, but not as hot as these prints! Crosshair goes big. Gotta love that. We’re minutes away from dropping some ochre down…. which will totally transform this thing. Gotta hit 4 colors today to stay on schedule.
Color 6: Dark green. Almost entirely in the trees, plus a lil’ rectangle and some splatters.
We called it quits after color 5 today because the next color almost entirely overlays the one we just printed, which mostly overlays color 3, and we figured the prints needed some rack time. And we were tired, and it was beer o’clock. Nick & Nadine are coming over tomorrow for a four color print-a-thon.
Color 5 is the first of two greens. It contains about 50% base for overprint effects, most visible in some of the Sonnenzimmer’d elements but also a few highlights in leaves & such. Mostly it overprints color3, and the transparency helps it blend.
We started with less transparency and it wasn’t enough, so added clear base on the fly…thus ending up with almost twice as much green ink as we started with.
Color 4 is reddish brown. Visible as tree bark, but will also function as toning and shadow underbase for the big transparent 7th color.
Very different shades. I never use gray made from just black & white. The cloud grays are very purple, and this one has a lot of Raw Umber in it. None of them contain more than a few drops of black, if any.
Set up to go
On the rack
Set up for print. This is the heaviest coverage color, and we’re leaving it at these 2 today because we want the inks bone dry cured before we start piling other colors up on top of them.
Color 2 is a medium-light cloud gray, with lots of transparency.
on the racks
First color: Gloomy cloud gray. Aligning to master
After recomposing, I did a nine-color separation for screenprint. This took about two and a half working days, during which I listened to a hell of a lot of Codeine. In particular, the first 2 songs on the Barely Real EP are very much in this image. “Realize” for its humid density of sound, and “Jr.” for the imagery and sense of location. …then, off it went to Sonnenzimmer, to turn it inside-out.
It starts with this …and it is going to end up somewhere very different.