an illustrator. A craftsman. Heâs diligent with a workman-like approach to his art. When you see his work thereâs a care fee looseness to them. His drawings are swathed in a summer haze, dreamlike with warm and patient hues, loose and robust in composition.
Kellyâs drawings have the sudden feel of a bar napkin sketch â tossed off, someone riffing, a drunken night sketching faces distorted and harsh. Except theyâre so precise. Except the shadow and light however skewed, has the core of his subject. His drawings betrayed by his confident and patient hand. Rich Kelly has created posters for Mondo (âDjango Unchainedâ, âAdventure Time,â âSon of Frankensteinâ, and âBeasts of the Southern Wildâ), for Sony (âBreaking Badâ) and bands like Phish, Dave Mathews Band, and The Black Keys. If you took the text off of any of these posters you would still have an incredible piece of art from one of my favorite illustrators working.