Posted on March 2nd, 2018

Surly Featured Artist 2018: Draw For Us

Minnesota, Other

Can you draw a turtle, pirate or beer-drinking mythological monster? Wanna stick it to everyone who said your art was a waste of time? We’re looking for this year’s Surly Featured Artist. We’re continuing our annual tradition of picking one artist to create label art for our 2018 projects. The art will be featured on bottles, posters, shirts, and probably your parents’ annual holiday card.

We’re looking for unique work that integrates your own creative style with the Surly brand, like the art created by our previous artists: Brandon HoltErica Williams, Josh “Jawsh” Lemke, Brent Schoonover, Michael Berglund, Aesthetic Apparatus, DWITT, Nic Skrade, Adam Martin, Adam Turman, and Adam Sward.

To be clear, this isn’t a pat-on-the-back and free beer sort-of-a-job. This is a full-fledged paid gig. So, with that, we’re expecting the chosen artist to work through concepts and designs with the crew at Surly and deliver on a specific timeline. The art can be in any format – we’ll take care of the production details.

We asked 2017 Featured Artist for his take on the experience:

“Surly asked if I’d be willing to write a bit about my experience working for them as the featured artist of 2017. It’s a lovely gesture, which is in line with their behavior towards me over the last year. At the drop a hat I could genuinely rant and rave about the artistic freedom I was given; the unparalleled support and encouragement; the awesome conversations about dinosaurs. The immediate sense of welcome would certainly deserve a mention in such a statement, and I would be remiss were I not to mention the continued attention it has brought to my work.

But honestly, I find it unlikely for such accolades to really influence a potential applicants interest. They Pay You Money To Draw Rad Shit. And then they give you free beer. Really good beer. It’s all win. Get on it.”  

If you’re interested, enjoy Surly beer, and don’t suck at art, send some info about yourself, your connection with Surly, and examples of your previous work (links to your portfolio, etc.) to [email protected] by Friday, March 16 at midnight. Don’t create anything special for this, just provide samples of your previous work. No latesies. We’ll check out your stuff, judge you with previous Surly artists, and either let you know you’re a finalist, or crush your hopes with rejection. If you’ve already sent artwork last year, you’re invited to send it again.

Final Note: We have a winner. His name is Michael Iver Jacobsen. He rules.

Call for Artist