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Explosions In The Sky Poster and Art Print

October 11th, 2011 // Posted by Dan in Art Print, Blog, DKNG Work, Explosions In The Sky, Illustration, Music, Poster, Process, Video

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It’s always been a dream of ours to create an Explosions In The Sky poster. So when we were asked to create one for their recent Minneapolis show, we knew we had to knock it out of the park. The idea behind the poster came from an interview in which the band was described as having a “Mammoth Sound”.

The poster is a 24″ x 18″ two color print screen print on 80 lb. French Speckletone “Sand”. We decided to also print an art print version (sans the text).

Below is an image of the art print, some close-up shots of the poster, as well as our original sketch of the design.  We also created a process video showing the creation of the design from sketch to completion. A limited number of prints are available in our store.







75 Responses to “Explosions In The Sky Poster and Art Print”

wiktorwolny says:

how did you do these ‘paper print spots’ texture?

October 11th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Dan says:

Almost all of the art is half toned. Some of the little spontaneous grains in the design are actually speckles from the paper itself.

October 11th, 2011 at 11:50 am

Erin says:

One word: BRA-VO.

Thank you so, so much for sharing this. I just posted this on our Facebook page/tweeted to our followers.

My question: Did they love it??

October 11th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Dan says:

EITS were very pleased. It’s always our end goal to make the client very happy. Luckily we enjoy doing it.

October 11th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

John Mata says:

This is killer and it inspires me to do more hand drawing. Great job!

October 11th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Javier Garcia says:

This is truly a work of art from the sketching to the printed piece. Thanks for sharing all the process, made my day!

October 11th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

13 says:

Only 2 colours. What is this witchcraftery.

October 12th, 2011 at 6:57 am

jAsian says:

KILLED IT!!! Beautiful work guys

October 12th, 2011 at 10:31 am

Andrew says:

incredible work dan!

October 12th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Brian says:

The poster is magnificent. Any chance of them being reprinted?

October 12th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Grant says:

Is it supposed to be a big island thats secretely a giant elephant with a boat approaching it or is it just an elephant swimming around with a boat far off into the background?

October 12th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Dan says:

Brian – Hard to say. They sold very quickly and it’s a definite possibility that we re-print as a new color way.

Grant – It’s a Mammoth that is so large it creates land masses. Boat is approaching it.

October 12th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

John says:

I’d love to buy one of these if they were reprinted.

October 12th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

sea says:

im so sad that this is sold out! such an amazing piece for such an amazing band. :(

October 12th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Liz says:

nice work Dan-o!

October 12th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

seth says:

sorry for the meaningly comment but, this is awesome! great work man!!! :D

October 12th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Linda says:

Absolutely amazing video and artwork Dan!!! So proud of you. You will be famous any day now!!!!

October 12th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Anthony says:

I’ve gotta ask.. is that typeface (for EITS at the top) a font or did you create it yourselves specifically for the poster? I suspect the latter but.. no harm in asking I think. :’)

October 12th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Jason says:

really sad to see these sold out. would really like to pick one up.

October 13th, 2011 at 7:56 am

David says:

Who is the genius in the video? I want to buy him/her a coffee.

October 13th, 2011 at 10:31 am

Adam says:

I would definitely buy this if it were reprinted!

October 13th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Stu says:

Seriously, this is fantastic.

Amazing work.

October 13th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Joshua says:

Wanted one at the show on Monday, hesitated to buy at the time because I was worried it would not survive the show. All gone the instant the band walked off. Please reprint and let me know! My son would adore, and I love it.

October 13th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

missy! says:

beautiful. thank you for the inspiration to keep kicking my ass in school :) keep it!!!

October 13th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

CS says:

How long did the entire process take? Excellent job.

October 14th, 2011 at 4:06 am

Daniel says:

Hi there, I love your style. What tool was that in illustrator that you used to get that diamond cut look?

October 14th, 2011 at 10:14 am

Dan says:

Anthony: The type derives from a slightly altered existing font

Daniel: The vector shapes composing the “diamond cut look” is simply the pen tool. Each node links to each other using smart guides and I used no round edges. Everything is straight lines/polygons

October 14th, 2011 at 10:38 am

Daniel says:

As I thought, such a simple method but an effective result! I hope you don’t mind but I just tweeted this page!

October 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Dan says:

Tweet away!

October 14th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Don Clark says:

Super cool.

October 15th, 2011 at 11:10 am

sarah thomas says:

This is probably my favorite poster from you guys so far. I’m sad I missed picking it up before it was gone. You’ve seriously outdone yourselves. Jaw dropper for sure. Great work.

October 17th, 2011 at 10:25 am

John says:

At the risk of sounding whiny, please please reprint this. I think I speak for others when I say that it’s work like this that inspires future creativity. I’d love to have a framed version in my studio or son’s room. Well done on an amazing creation

October 17th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Dan says:

We’re in the works of creating a variant edition. Follow our social networks and/or mailing list for when we release it online.

October 17th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Stan says:

I would like to purchase a copy if you reprint, along with a lot of other people it appears. Great work, please let me know if a reprint becomes available.


Stan Harada (Albuquerque, NM)

October 18th, 2011 at 10:07 am

Claus says:

I think this is the most amazing piece of ART I have seen in years.
Please, reprint it (and let me know when becomes available)!

Greetings from Brazil,

Claudio Silvano

October 18th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Prenecia says:

What an inspirational detour I am glad I took today (supposed to be working). This makes you dream and want to dive right into that world. Thanks for showing the process. LOVE this and would buy an art print if comes available again.

October 19th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

s h e r r y says:

Oh man, this is RAD. I love EitS <3 This is an excellent poster :) I love how the mammoth head looks like an iceberg!

October 25th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Meadhbh says:

I saw this on Grain Edit and absolutely adore it. I would definitely buy one if it is reprinted. Please do! :)

October 27th, 2011 at 6:55 am

Sergio Monterrubio says:

I went to this show and I remember that when I was buying a t-shirt the guy had to sell the poster on display because they sold out so quick. Great work!

October 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am

Dan says:


What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

October 27th, 2011 at 10:06 am

Deanna says:

Ditto on everyone else’s comments. Amazing. I love the mammoth as iceberg. I also love Explosions, so the combo is great. Just want to throw my hat in the ring as a buyer when for when you reprint – any idea when that will be?

October 27th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Jarne says:

I’d be very interested in hanging this up on my wall! Is there any possibility you’re making reprints?

Kind regards & potatoes,

October 30th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Seth Terpstra says:

Please reprint this! I’d buy a print in a heartbeat. Beautiful work.

October 31st, 2011 at 9:53 pm

6ft5 says:

Chiming in with the rest: FANTASTIC work! truly inspiring!

November 1st, 2011 at 8:45 am

JK says:

Will most definitely buy when reprinted…

November 1st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Matt says:

I want a reprint of this so badly. Just saying.

November 6th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Mj says:

Reprint this amazing work of art!
Please, please, please!!

November 13th, 2011 at 2:35 am

Tim says:

Guys this is incredible. Wow!

November 14th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Akalina says:

thank you for sharing. really awesome work. love the concept

November 23rd, 2011 at 11:26 am

Owen says:


I’m going to jump on the please reprint bandwagon!

November 28th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Fernando says:

Please reprint this beautiful piece.

November 30th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Mrenc says:

PLEASE please reprint this – seriously breathtaking – i need it in my house!

December 6th, 2011 at 6:25 am

Stephen says:

It may be more of a secret on your end, but any clue into the process for creating the different textures would also be appreciated. Always great to see the process involved behind the scenes.

Thanks for the introduction to some great music as well. I hadn’t heard of the band until I saw the poster, but just bought the album.

December 9th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

aj dimarucot says:

Glad to see you putting my space halftone vectors to good use. Fantastic poster!!

December 19th, 2011 at 1:07 am

alex says:

everything has already been said, but love the poster and really really hoping for a reprint, would be buying multiple for friends too.

December 29th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Austin says:

Caught this on your Dribbble account, and came here to find more photos. I would buy this in a heartbeat (even less than a heart beat without any text). Great work, amazing.

January 12th, 2012 at 10:50 am

Alexis says:

Seriously… wow! please tell me there is a way I can buy this!

January 16th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Louise Clemensen says:

Please do you have any idea when this might be reprinted? I so need this above my bed. Gorgeous.

February 7th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Gustavo says:

Please reprint this! …like many people I love this art print and I need it for my room!

February 12th, 2012 at 11:50 am

Tolz says:

Reprint! Please!! I need something for my office!

February 27th, 2012 at 11:56 am

Explosions in my Eye says:


March 2nd, 2012 at 8:48 am

Esben says:

If you, as you say yourself, “make the world a better place with posters”, then please Reprint this poster, its SO beautiful!

March 15th, 2012 at 6:38 am

Anthony Sanchez says:

I purchased at alternate art print at flatstock 33, this is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Thank you again.

March 19th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Best hospital in india says:

Thanks for a great site, has helped me in many ways.

March 29th, 2012 at 12:06 am


hey kiero saber como le haces para sacar la textura de photoshop a ilustrador :)
y gran trabajo hee muy bueno

May 5th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

MajorJom says:

Great work, neat textures, brilliant concept! Love the video of the design process (you made that look easy!)

August 21st, 2012 at 3:05 am

Chris Ender says:

Stunning work. Dan, mind if I used this for a music CD cover?

February 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am

jo says:

please! You have many great work which can’t be bought any more, because it’s sold out. Please reprint! I really would like to buy some work from you!

November 12th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Best Hospital in Chandigarh says:

Thanks for a great site, great designs, great content, awesome work done by you.

June 15th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Joshua Herion Libertyville says:

Well Done!@!

August 30th, 2014 at 12:04 am

ONYCHairUK says:

I love your style. What tool was that in illustrator that you used to get that diamond cut look?

November 21st, 2014 at 5:33 am

ONYC reveiw says:

I love this blog.. thanks for sharing.

December 7th, 2014 at 7:21 am

Molly says:

Begging to have this reprinted. I’ve been searching for original source to buy as a poster and am pretty depressed to see that it’s no longer available.

February 2nd, 2015 at 8:33 am

Sten says:

Please reprint!

February 22nd, 2015 at 3:38 am

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