DO YOU DECIDE WHAT POSTERS TO DO?
Well, the majority
of the times, I am commisioned by one of three entities: a promoter, a
venue, or a band/ label. If the show is one that I feel presents ANY kind
of artistic / aesthetic challenge, then I'll usually do it. Obviously, I'll
be more prone to do posters for bands I like and respect. There have been
MANY instances where I've turned jobs down because I simply don't respect
the band in question. Depending on several factors (time available, money
on hand/ amount I'm being paid, etc.) I decide on whether the piece will
be a screenprint or an offset/ lithograpgh (i.e.) a flat, glossy poster.
On rare occasions,
I'll see a certain show coming to a venue that especially interests me
(I frequently got jobs this way, of course, when I was just starting out
in my career). In this instance, I'll contact the promoter or the band
themselves and request permission to do a poster. If we can come to friendly
and fair 'terms', then I'll do the job and ship the posters to the venue/
band. These days, this scenario usually occurs when I want to do a poster
for a 'younger' band or a very obscure/ independent band who likely don't
have the type of budget that allows them to request really nice posters
for their event. For instance, the QUASI poster I did was a total labor
of love. I sought them out, paid for the posters myself, gave them some
posters for no charge, and basically re-imbursed myself with a signed and
numbered overrun of 150. I just love that band so much.
I always suggest
getting permission from someone officially related to the event you're
doing a poster for (promoter, band, label). It's a rule I keep. There have
been 2 or 3 times in my career when I wasn't as thorough as I should've
been, and didn't get sufficient permission from someone 'official'. EVERY
time, there were 'complications'. Don't make that mistake.
Many artists won't
go into detail on this topic, but I will...primarily to help younger artists
wanting to get into the poster biz. This entire genre is a sketchy one
when it comes to 'rights', and that sort of thing. But, be as safe as you
can. Get signatures! Keep a paper-trail regarding EVERY job you do. Trust
WHO ARE YOUR ARTISTIC
I have many influences.
Some of my major influences are comic book artists, the biggest being Graham
Ingels. Ingels worked for the legendary EC Comics during the 'golden age'
of comic-bookdom (late 1940s-50s). Wanna know why I use so much black and
tend to rely so much more on 'shadow' for aesthetic tone, instead of color?
Blame it on Ingels. An amazing artist who could use 'black' and line-width
to set tremendous tone. I also love Bill Scienkewicz and of course, Berni
Among other modern
artists, I am a huge fan of Polish poster artist Wieslaw Walkuski. His
paintings are amazingly lain out. I'm also a big fan of Drew Struzan. You've
no doubt seen his work on movie posters and book/ album covers: he is the
man responsible for the staggering paintings that adorn many of the Star
Wars and Indiana Jones movie posters.Im also a big fan and collector of
American propaganda posters from the early 20th century. Harisson Fisher,
Arthur Triedler, and Samuel Rignowki are among my favorites.
Aesthetically , my
biggest artistic influence is Vincent Van Gogh. There aren't enough words
for me to describe what the man's work and writings have done to inspire
me. He's taught me to 'feel' art LONG before before it falls out of my
hands. His letters and his works are constant 'water-marks' for me: they
serve as his 'big-brotherly' advice. Finally, Frank Kozik. He not only
showed me that it could be done, but how to do it.
WHERE DO YOU GET
I read a LOT. I
watch the news a LOT. I try to study history and how art relates to the
same. The secret to me is noticing what has touched people in the past.
After that, it's pretty much adaptation. From ancient Egypt to 2005 USA,
people don't change that much. Look at what has touched people. Taste it,
chew it, and then regurgitate. It's a very beautiful process :)
WHAT ART SUPPLIES
DO YOU USE?
When it comes right
down to it, I'll use whatever is at my disposal. Usually, though, I like
to sketch out my artwork/ layouts with light charcoal pencils. When all
else is unavailable, I'll bust out that trusty #2 pencil.
When it comes to
laying down ink, I use whatever works best. I particularly like PIGMA brand
pens. I use the PIGMA Graphic #2 or #3 for fine lines. I'll use the PIGMA
#49 brush-pen for thicker lines. I also use brushes and India-Ink, when
necessary. I prefer Japanese brushes, but have used these really cool horse-hair
brushes by STROME.
And don't ever underestimate
the trusty SHARPIE marker. I've accomplished some pretty cool things with
the SHARPIE Ultra-Fine Point pen.As far as surfaces, I'll use anything.
Regualr 'letter' paper, card-stock, cover-vellum, etc. I prefer 80-pound
cover bristol for 'line' artwork pieces. When it comes to my paintings...well,
that's a whole different can-of-worms that I'm not going to get into here!
WILL YOU DO A
POSTER FOR MY BAND/ EVENT/ COMPANY?
If you're in a band,
I really would prefer to talk with you first and find out exactly what
you're all about and what you're shooting for in an image. Of course, I'd
want to hear some of your music.
If you are planning
an event or need artwork for your company / institution, please send me
an email with complete, detailed information concerning the same. In any
case, you'll find that I'm very easy to work with. Don't be afraid to make
an inquiry- I've been contacted by huge bands AND unknowns...and I've taken
jobs from BOTH. So, let me know, via email. I get tons of submissions,
but I give detailed attention to every single one.
I'VE HEARD TALK
OF 'UN-OFFICIAL' POSTERS CONTAINING YOUR ARTWORK. IS THIS TRUE?
true. In 1993-94, I created tons of raw pen-and-ink artwork and sold it
regularly to a couple of different people who were event organizers and
promoters. Several of these drawings have been used in subsequent concert
and promotional posters produced by that promotional company, some as recently
as May 2000. Technically, I can't deny that it IS my artwork, but the actual
finished product (color choices, text layout and, most importantly,content)
was NOT created by me. Some of this artwork was, admittedly, pretty weird.
It was artwork that lent itself to being taken in different ways. I was
younger and quite happy to be getting paid for drawings. But, since then,
I've seen these drawings used for events that I'm not really down with.
I've seen this artwork 'altered', and depicted in a context which totally
goes against ANYTHING I'd ever do. I've seen crappy text and color choices
applied to this artwork. So, these posters are 'unofficial' in the sense
that they were not 'Jermaine final product'. It's my fault, though. It's
a big lesson to anyone. Be careful who you sell your artwork to, and KNOW
what it's going to be used for. Don't ever get so desperate to be 'printed'
that you relinquish 'control'...unless you're working for some agency that's
shelling out the big bucks.
Bottom line, you
guys pretty much know my style, as well as the kind of content Im usually
into. If you come across a poster that looks questionable, just drop me
Also, an easy way
to reassure yourself about any poster is to look for my signature. I don't
sell 'unsigned' posters. If it's NOT signed and you KNOW it's a legit 'Jermaine
poster', contact us and FIND OUT WHY.
Don't worry, by the way. There aren't many of these 'unoffical' posters
out there. Maybe 10, or so. And they are RARE, as there weren't many printed
in the first place. PLUS, I got to the promoter before he went too far
came to an 'agreement'. So, don't worry: you'll probably never see one
of these horrible posters. Good for you!)
ARE THERE ANY
IMAGES YOU REGRET CREATING?
You know, as a 'working
artist', you put it all out there on the line. While most people PRIVATELY
undergo the natural human cycle of changing their opinions on a variety
of subjects, becoming more mature and adept in decision making, and just
plain old 'screwing up', an artist undergoes these things in an open forum
for all to see: his artwork. For instance, think of some of the stupid
things you've done in the past. Contemplate some of the thoughtless things
you've said. Reflect on some of the things you've pulled that are totally
out of line with your character. Now, imagine if these were all constantly
on display...available for all to see (both your admirerers and those special
kind of folks who are out to sabotage your reputation in certain circles).
This is a reality to the working artist. And, it's a rough thing to be
'held accountable' from now on over certain things that you've progressed
By this time, Im
sure it's evident that I ain't talking about 'art technique', here. Im
talking about 'subject matter'.There are images and artwork that I've done
in the past that I'd never do now. There are things that I'd say in the
past that I've changed my mind on. There are things that I'd leave 'open
to interpretation' in the past that, today, I wouldn't be so vague about.
And, there are simply some pieces of artwork that I've done in the past
that I'd never do now, for a variety of reasons. Some people who know me
more personally may see an older poster or an older piece of artwork that
I've done and be QUITE shocked that it was done by me. Hopefully, such
people will remember that I am imperfect. There are, frankly, times when
I just didn't think the creation of certain images through. As I live longer,
I get a bit smarter and more mature...and a LOT more saavy at decision-making.
I also get more adept at just knowing when to shut-up. Bear with me.
I'D LIKE TO OWN
SOME ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY JERMAINE. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Sure it is! If you'd
like to inquire about the availability of a specific piece of original
poster art, just drop an email to Jermaine@JermaineRogers.com. If you'd
like Jermaine to create an original piece of artwork for you and would
like info. concerning whether Jermaine is available and/or prices for original
commisions, please drop an email. Jermaine is often times VERY busy, but
has taken on personal commissions before.
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GOSH! I READ THE
ENTIRE FAQ, BUT MY QUESTION WASN'T EVEN ADDRESSED! WHAT DO I DO?
Don't panic. Just
email it to Jermaine@JermaineRogers.com. Maybe your question is good enough
to be added to the FAQ.