Alex White and Chris White are the Wethreeclub, so, you may wonder who is the third one ? I do ! But I guess it might be Art indeed. from music videos and short films to typography, dirty hand drawn text, layered with xeroxed found images and, finally, music posters. No doubt that those glasses wearers are pretty busy, especially if you consider that, when the music's over (RIP Jim) they still find ideas to draw posters for the Manchester City soccer club.... Goaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllllll !!!!
Currently a nice mix of: Tame Impala, twin shadow, pj harvey let england shake, gloss drop battles, horrors skying, pulled apart by horses, wavves, and hot snakes.
Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
We are husband wife due Chris & Alex White...our studio name is WeThreeClub...Chris is originally from south London - A place called Kingston, but he moved up to Cambridge, where Alex is originally from..and that is where we both live and work..We design and illustrate, mainly for work within the music industry..as we have a large passion for music and gigposter design..
When did you start drawing?
We have both been drawing for as long as we can remember..for me (alex) I cant think of a time when I didnt draw, as both my parents where artists..
Chris managed to do a pretty stereotypical up yours to his school education by going on to complete a degree in fine art..he then realised his love for design and was lucky to get a job straight into the design industry from graduating..I knew from around the age of literally 6 years old that I wanted to be involved in the art world as my career, but my mum was always weary of it as she knew how tough it could be, especially in the fine art world..I ended up studying fine art at st martins london, but went on to do a makeup degree for film and tv..to try and sway away from being a poor artist..in the end though my love of drawing took over, and i just kept pushing that and teaching myself..
Today are you living from your art, or do you do something else for a living ?
This year we have managed to push it forward to more where we want to be..I work full time from our home studio..and Chris has literally JUST gone part time..he works three days in London and then works two days back here with me..
Are you collaborating with magazines/fanzines, regularly?
We like to work with people and magazines that we respect and admire..always open to offers..but find time is very tight and sometimes hard to get everything you want to do done!
I would say I am influenced more by film and music than particular artists....chris is an ultimate geek when it comes to all art/music/etc..60s psychedelia, skateboard graphics/music in general/cups of tea..
What are the principal steps in your work ?
Draw, scan, edit.
Do you do everything by hand or on computer?
Everything is initially drawn by hand..chris might manipulate more things digitally, but everything I do is drawn out first..
How long does it take you to do a poster?
Depends on whats needed and what your creative flow is like that particular week (as cheesy as that sounds) one week you might be able to nail something in a couple of days - another week it could take two weeks or so of mulling over it etc..
You 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 both absolutely love changing our style and having the challenge of working on different designs that may not be stereotypical to our usual style..
Pulled Apart By Horses, Queens of the Stoneage, Gallows, No Joy, Sublime, Ganglians, Take That, Dry the River, Fucked Up, Graham Coxon, Trash Talk, Kurt Vile, Avi Buffalo
For which band would you love to work?
I always say Les Savy Fav because I just love a good beard.
Do you choose the artists yourself?
We are actually really lucky in that the majority of the time we are approached by the band or promoter.
What is the most difficult part in designing a poster ?
The initial ideas I suppose..
Do you think you are part of a "Graphic Scene", if so who else ?
I think if we were to tie ourselves to one 'scene' it would be the gigposter scene...we run Poster Roast, which is a loose collective of UK gigposter artists - Telegramme, Luke Drozd, Drew Millward, TwoDucksDisco, Army of Cats and more..
You can have a little looksie over at http://www.wethreeclub.com/ or http://www.posterroast.com/ or go to the Black Heart bar in Camden London and there you will see many of our posters on the walls at the Poster Roast gallery space there..
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