jay ryan

i fell in love with jay ryan's illustrations ever since i saw his work for a few of andrew bird's albums and then his dustjacket illustration for michael chabon's book the final solution. i love his handlettering the most, but his illustrations are distinctively sweet and vicious at the same time, perfect for the concert poster/book cover market. jay's silkscreened posters come out of his printshop the bird machine, based in chicago.

there were way too many pieces to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites.

check out a short profile documentary about jay ryan's work and music here.


  1. ooh...I like the hand-lettering as well. Especially how its slighty messy and smudged at times. There is a sort of Dr. Seuss color pallete and whimsical storytelling going on each one too



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