2016 was a banner year for longtime fan favorite and 1xRUN alum Zeb Love as he knocked out great new rock posters with Phish, Dead & Company, Dinosaur Jr., Blink 182, Flight Of The Concords and The Avett Brothers. The latter of which was designed for their recent show here in Detroit. Read on for a look inside of Love’s latest hand-pulled screen print editions available exclusively on 1xRUN. . .
1x: Tell us a little bit about this image, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Zeb Love: This was originally created for back to back Avett Brothers shows in Detroit.
1x: What materials were used to create the original as well as these prints?
Love: The originals were rough pencil sketches. I scanned those in, finished the design digitally, and then screen printed them.
1x: You’re using some foil this time around on these, tell us about working with that and what the differences and challenges are between screen printing with that and more traditional paper?
Love: The foil paper I use comes in large sheets. I had to trim them down by hand, the ink takes a bit longer to dry, and I had to be careful to not scratch the surface.
1x: When was this piece created?
Love: The initial thumbnail composition came in early October, and I finished at the beginning of November.
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Love: The band was playing in Detroit in early November. I wanted to highlight the industrial history of the city, as well as the transition between the seasons.
1x: How long did this piece take to create from start to finish?
Love: Three weeks.
1x: You’ve been staying busy in 2016 with some amazing gig posters from bands like The Avett Brothers, Phish, Dead & Company, Dinosaur Jr., Blink 182, Flight Of The Concords, Ray Lamontagne and more, what have some of your favorites been and why?
Love: I really enjoyed working on the Dead & Company project. Not only did I get to create a poster for such an iconic band, but this was also the largest edition I ever printed by hand. Getting the opportunity to do a poster for Blink 182 was exciting. I’ve been a fan since the seventh grade, so I had a lot of fun with it. The band was even kind enough to send me an autographed copy.
1x: It’s been a bit since your last release with us, what else have you been up to in 2016?
Love: I bought a semi-auto press and transitioned to a new print shop. I screenprinted by hand for six years, so getting used to a new machine has been an exciting challenge.
1x: What are some of your goals for 2017?
Love: I would like to create more original art prints. The majority of my current work is gigposter related, and I would like to do more fine art.