Absolutly no valid reason why it took me close to one month to have this online, so, all my apologizes to Derek for the delay, this must, by no mean,be interpreted as a judgement on his work! All the contrary indeed, I really love his posters and want to take this opportunity to thanx him for having answered our questions !
Hello, of course as every Crewk interview, first question: what are we listening to when we come to visit you?
The Camaros, Absolute Monarchs, My Morning Jacket, Mayer Hawthorne,
Fiona Apple, Wilco, My Goodness, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tool, Avett
Brothers, Norah Jones.
Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
We're both from Spokane, WA and met in college while both pursuing a
Graphic Design degree. We're still working in the field of design and
also doing a little filmmaking from time to time.
When did you start drawing?
A. We both were into art as kids and kept it going long enough to join forces in college.
Did you follow any course or did you improve by drawing in the margins of your schoolbooks?
Even before college we were interested in art and just doing things the
way we thought it looked best. Derek spent a lot of time as a kid
drawing Star Wars space battles and KISS concerts. Trevor spent even
more time drawing plus also making 8mm movies.
Today are you living from your art, or do you do something else for a living ?
A. We're living for our poster art, but not from it. We both have full-time design jobs (and then some) to help pay the bills.
Are you collaborating with magazines/fanzines, regularly?
Artwork for book covers is something we'd like to explore and also
editorial illustrations. We've done regular work creating posters for a
local landmark movie theatre.
Where does your influence come from? Is there any artists/graphists you particularly like, what are your influences?
It's hard to determine exactly where the influences come from as
they've been occurring all of our lives. There are the obvious ones like
Saul Bass or Ralph McQuarrie, but then there is such a massive amount
of great design in our world today that it's almost impossible to
What are the principal steps in your work?
We have tons of notes and sketches littering our desks (and our brains)
and we start there. Then we start to brainstorm at least 3 solid ideas
and then we divide them and go work them up. Once we have something
we're ready to show the band we'll critique the ideas.
Do you do everything by hand or on computer?
We do both. We like to use a lot of tools just to keep things
interesting. Some of the art is the actual sketch with little
modification and other times the sketches serve as a guide for the work
done on the computer. Lately we've been doing more sketching on the iPad
and we're able to work on it just about anywhere.
How long does it take you to do a poster?
The fastest we've turned one was about 4 hours (from approved concept
to finish) and the longest was at least a few solid weeks from concept
to final art with a whole lot of tweaking (and stress) in between.
have a very distinctive style, are you doing only what you feel like or
if tomorrow somebody asks you an oil painting with horses running out
of water with a sunset backdrop, is it a problem or are you up for it ?
We'd like to think that people are coming to us because of our style
which is driven by our concepts. Oil painting is not a medium we're
comfortable with and we'd probably have to pass on something like that
simply because it wouldn't be our best work and that's not fair to us or
the client. However, if they were willing to let us tackle the idea in
our own way we're always up for a challenge.
For which band have you already worked for?
A. My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Pearl Jam, and Mike McCready.
For which band would you love to work?
A. Ted Leo, Jack White, Norah Jones, My Goodness, Avett Brothers, Louis CK, Radiohead, and many more.
Do you choose the artists yourself?
Yes. We typically only work on art for bands that we like and we'll
approach them about doing some work. We've made some great relationships
that should keep us doing artwork with our favorites.
What is the most difficult part in designing a poster ?
A. Being satisfied that it's done and it not only meets your expectations but also the clients.
Do you think you are part of a “Graphic Scene”, if so who else ?
The “Gig Poster” scene is so diverse and there's something out there to
appeal to every taste. There are plenty of artists that we admire
(Spike Press, The Heads of State, Olly Moss, Ames Bros, Brad Klausen, to
name a few) and are honored to be working for some of the same bands as
they are, but it's amazing to stop and think about how many other
artists are out there that we haven't heard of…yet.
A bit of self-promotion, take advantage of it, it's free, where can we see your work , on the web or in real life?
A. You can see our posters and some other art at www.dumbgun.com
The best praise you received lately?
A. Being asked by My Morning Jacket to design artwork for their “Spontaneous Curation Series” tour.
What can we wish you for the future?
More gig work, and some opportunities to do book covers, editorial
illustrations, and even get back to designing and printing t-shirts
which is how we got started.