Last updated on February 18.
I'm a graphic designer and aspiring illustration born, raised and living in the South of Brazil.
With the wind dramatically blowing his hair, Andrew Bird says hello.
He's a multi-instrumentalist from Illinois focusing on the guitar, his vocals, his trademark whistling and the violin, his primary instrument, which he started playing at the age of four. His music ranges from folk to baroque pop, with traditional folk, bluegrass, classical and jazz influences.
There's a whole load of posters previously created for Andrew Bird (reaching 15 pages on gigposters.com), as he's a relatively big figure both in the U.S. and outside of it, with a rich, evergrowing catalogue. Proof of his prominence is his current South American tour, which comes about out of a crowdfunding project fueled by fans across this half of the continent (more on the Songkick Detour official website). One of the lucky cities that are soon receiving Mr. Bird is São Paulo, where I would have a chance to see him but unfortunetaly won't be able to. So I'll pay the event this little homage.
I'll be brief: overall, the posters share the natural, outdoorsy atmosphere of Bird's music. The most recurring symbols are natural settings, cabins, wild animals, the violin, and the gramophone speaker — specially the spinning double-horn speaker, or Janus Horn (which I'll probably be avoiding, since it's already been widely explored because it's such a strong image, and very characteristic of Bird's universe).
I decided on illustrating a single cricket instead of a swarm in order to place emphasis on the individual nature of Andrew Bird. I bet he holds his time alone with himself as something special and necessary. As he sings in Lull:
Cricket + sound holes.
Cricket + violin scroll and fingerboard.