Tonight sees the opening the of Illustrator’s Ireland show “The Illustrated Beatles” at The Grand Social, Dublin. It’s a show that takes “40 classic (Beatles) songs visualised by 40 leading illustrators”. Though not officially a member of Illustrators Ireland, I was kindly asked by Peter Donnelly to contribute a piece for the show.
I was allocated “Good Day Sunshine” which was chosen by Chris Maher, Broadcaster, Dublin City FM. I wasn’t overly familiar with the song and did a bit of reading up about it. Apparently McCartney said the song was partly influenced by The Lovin’ Spoonful song “Daydream”. The cover of “Do You Believe in Magic” (below) conveniently featured 4 members, there are 4 members in The Beatles…
…so I basically morphed Beatles heads onto The Lovin Spoonful – I re-drew the type and changed the title. I then drew the figures in Illustrator, merged the new heads with the bodies and in Photoshop, filled in all the colour areas using various found textures.
Illustrated Beatles runs from October 23rd (8pm) until October 30th. The Grand Social is on 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin.