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Slim Wild Boar & his Forsaken Shadow Album

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Finally got a physical copy of this album in my hands! Slim Wild Boar & his Forsaken Shadow – Self Titled. Released in 2014. I did the album cover illustration as well as the record sticker with the boar and text on it.

Photo things are happening!

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Today I spent the day photographing new and semi-new prints and Tshirts in Studio E which is Erin Flett’s beautiful and bright studio space. As I’ve mentioned before I’m over hauling my Etsy, website and currently working on a NEW web store that will be for more current projects and available products for wholesale. It’s going to take more some time to photograph, edit and update everything but please keep checking back to my Etsy Store for new product shots and expect a new website as soon as I can get it done!

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Also, you should really listen to this album. It’s amazing! Mutoid Man – Helium Head. Put out by Magic Bullet Records.

Tumbledown movie project

Kris Johnsen 2014
Over the past week I had a great opportunity to contribute to my friends Sean Mewshaw and Desiree Van Til’s new feature film titled Tumbledown. Staring Joe Manganiello, Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall. Read a little about it here.
I did a poster for Sean’s play that he directed awhile back at SPACE Gallery called Killer Joe. Funny story about that poster, as soon as I started to work on it my computer completely died and I was without any way of creating this digitally. Even scanning images became impossible and half way through designing the poster Sean let me barrow his old Mac computer so I could finish the print and tighten everything up in Photoshop so I could give him a digital version to promote with.

I’m currently working on a new piece for his movie. It will eventually be a ‘fake’ record cover for a real character in the movie and songs are currently being written by the great Damien Jurado. So it’s not entirely fake. I can’t show the final product yet but I’m very excited to see what happens with this. I also sent about 13 posters their way to be hung in the back round of the movie which should be interesting!

Kris Johnsen 2014

Kris Johnsen 2014

Kris Johnsen 2014

isobell tshirts

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Finished up a small batch of isobell band tshirts yesterday to finish my work on their concept art for their new album Sea Spells. They also had their album release show at SPACE Gallery last night. I also decided to make a small edition of 20 posters using the same screen I made for the tshirts.

If your interested in picking up one of these Alternative Apparel tshirts or posters please get in contact with the band, they are very approachable and I don’t have any left.

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Hallway drying area since I don’t have storage for 30+ wet tshirts.

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isobell album art and promotional material

isobell - sea spells - Kris Johnsen 2013

isobell - sea spells - Kris Johnsen 2013

Here’s the booklet and album artwork for the band isobell‘s new album ‘Sea Spells’. I had a ton of fun making this record cover and experimented a lot while making it. Most of the artwork is watercolor blotches with pen drawings along with photography I took with 2 found images from old Polaroid photos I found flea marketing. Below you can see some process shots of creating the watercolor stains then I scanned them in and blocked certain parts out to create a circle theme throughout the whole packaging. The band is having their cd release party on June 1st at SPACE Gallery. I may or may not be doing visuals projected on the band as they play their set, we’ll see!

isobell - sea spells - Kris Johnsen 2013

isobell - sea spells - Kris Johnsen 2013

isobell promo posters

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Recently I created packaging for the Portland, ME band isobell. above are two promo posters for their album release show at SPACE Gallery. If you would like to view all of the album art please go here, otherwise I will post it on this blog soon as soon as I get some good photos of the physical packaging.

Caspian – Waking Season screen printed poster

Caspian Waking Season Poster - Kris Johnsen 2012

Caspian Waking Season Poster - Kris Johnsen 2012

Caspian Waking Season Poster - Kris Johnsen 2012

This past month I had the pleasure of designing a smaller 12in.-12in. screen printed poster for the band Caspian‘s new full length record “Waking Season’ to be released on Triple Crown Records. The only way to get the poster is by pre-ordering their deluxe bundle of the new record. The bundle includes, 180 gram 2xLP on black vinyl. Gatefold jacket. Includes digital download card. (Only 300 will be pressed). Waking Season digipak CD. DIY Music Box w/ “Waking Season” pre-punched strip & bonus strip. Waking Season T-Shirt. 11×17″ (Folded) Waking Season album release poster and the print I made pictured above.

The poster was is a 3 color hand puled screen printed poster, printed in Portland, ME on 140lb. black speckletone French Paper. The design is based off of Instant Polaroid pictures I’ve taken the past year with my different Polaroid Land Cameras using Fuji Film. The only real guidelines I had for this poster design was to base the art off of the music how ever I wanted and to possibly try something new that I had no ever done with printing or designing before. I don’t usually ever work with straight photos in my work and it I do it’s a very small amount, I only like to when they are photos of my own and not found images. I’m by no means a photographer but in the past year or so I’ve found a new love of instant photography and realizing how similar in a way it is to burning a silk screen with photo emulsion, your basically using the same kind of photo chemicals. It’s also allowed me to search new forms of art making and just having fun taking physical pictures of my life.
When designing this I took in consideration that this was not going to be a gig poster where it should usually have larger text and more of an advertisement for a show or event. This is more of a “hold in your hands” kind of poster where the digital version does not matter very much, it’s all about opening up this record and holding this small screen printed thing in your hands. I chose to use a much thicker paper then I usually use and one of the colors printed is black ink on black paper, because the paper is not a perfect pitch black you can see the black print very well but its not as noticeable as the other layers. It was a bit of a toss up between the black ink and doing a glow-in-the-dark layer but let’s be honest, almost all of the glow poster’s I’ve ever seen are not as cool as you think they would be. Dan McCarthy is really the only person who pulls off glow-in-the-dark posters well.
I’m very excited to finally hear this whole record start to finish and am beyond psyched to have this little part in the packaging of this record. Caspian has been a favorite band of mine since a friend from Beverly, MA turned me on to them in school and then later I booked them at a venue I work at in Portland, ME which is still my favorite show ever seeing their along with Arms and Sleepers and The Baltic Sea. Please go see these fellas live and pick up the new record! All that info can be found on their site here.
Below you can find a few process shots and initial photo scans of the creating of this poster.