2018 Newport Folk Festival Poster

The historic Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island has been taking place since 1959, so we were honored to create the official poster for the 2018 edition of the festival. The festival is very much a product of its picturesque environment, and we were inspired by nearby landmarks like the Goat Island Lighthouse and the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, along with a few fantastical elements added in to capture the magical nature of the festival. 

The poster is an 18” x 24” three color screen print on 100lb Cougar Natural cover stock with a signed and numbered edition of 1,050 (only 50 of which are available online). Check out our initial sketch of the poster below along with close up photos of the finished print. The 2018 Newport Folk Festival Poster will be available today (Monday, July 30th) at 12pm PST in the DKNG Store while supplies last. 

Initial Concept Sketch

Close Up Shots

Star Wars + DKNG

This year we had the amazing opportunity to work on two projects for the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A Force for Change is the charitable arm of the Star Wars franchise and along with director J.J. Abrams, A Force for Change partnered with Gallery 1988 in L.A. to create Art Awakens, a campaign in which new art pieces based on the Star Wars universe were sold with proceeds benefiting UNICEF. The campaign launched at Disney’s D23 convention in Anaheim earlier this year where our first print premiered - a 20” x 20” metal print with a limited edition of 150 that were exclusively available at D23 and through the gallery.

The second piece we created is an 18” x 24" five-color screen print that recently premiered at Gallery 1988 along with six other printed editions as well as dozens of original pieces by a range of talented artists. “Resistance X-Wing” depicts the brand new X-Wing fighter from the new film, flying just above the surface of the ocean with outer space reflected in the water. “Resistance X-Wing” was exclusively available at Gallery 1988 but you can check out close up photos of both prints below as well as our initial sketches and photos from both D23 and the Art Awakens gallery show opening.

Video via StarWars.com

Art Awakens at D23

Photo via StarWars.com

Photo via StarWars.com

Art Awakens at Gallery 1988

Danny Askar, Dan Kuhlken, Nathan Goldman, and Mark Brickey

Photo Credit: Mark Englert

Initial Concept Sketches

Close Up Shots

Explosions In The Sky Poster and Art Print

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.

Initial Concept Sketch

Art Print

Process Video

Close Up Shots