Tyler Stout has risen to the top of the screen print scene in the last few years, and with good reason. His iconic photorealistic pieces have paid homage to films such as The Big Lebowski, Kill Bill, and Bladerunner, and he’s done concert posters for everyone from Phish to Blackalicious. Whether a gig poster, film print, or art print, Tyler’s style is making an indelible mark on the surging scene of rock poster art. His illustrations are incredible depictions of characters we’re often familiar with, yet he imparts his own style and perspective, which casts these notable faces in a new and fascinating light.
Up next, we ask Tyler about his affinity for film, whether or not he’s biased towards illustrators, and his productive relationship with Alamo Drafthouse.
EL: How you doin’ brother? You always seem to keep busy…
Tyler Stout: I am well, doing well. I try to stay busy. My wife beats me if I do not.
EL: The Kill Bill print you just created led to a bit of online hysteria. It also follows in the footsteps of other photorealism-type prints you’ve done for films, and for which you’ve received much acclaim. Do you prefer it to your gigposter work?
Tyler Stout: I enjoy mixing it up, its fun to do different types of jobs for different clients, fun to approach things differently. I think I would get burned out if I just did movie prints.
EL: How do prints about films differ from prints you’d do for a rock band?
Tyler Stout: Music posters are usually much more ‘do what you think suits the band’, so a bit more freedom, you can kinda stray a bit more outside the lines. its less about illustrating a poster and more about illustrating how you feel listening to someone’s music. though not always, sometimes music posters can be art directed and feel more like illustrations, which is fine, its the job.
EL: What’s the process of creating the types of pieces you’ve done for Star Wars, The Big Lebowski, Kill Bill, Bladerunner, and others (as far as incorporating illustrating this photo-realistic adaptations)?
Tyler Stout: I guess I just research what the movie looks like and base my stuff on that. I associate movie posters with imagery of the actors faces, so I guess I go more towards that, representing them well.
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