Rob Sheridan

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Rob Sheridan
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Rob Sheridan with How to Destroy Angels in 2013
Born (1979-10-11) October 11, 1979 (age 39)
Nationality American
Education Pratt Institute
Known for Art director, graphic designer, writer, photographer, comic book author

Rob Sheridan (born October 11, 1979) is an American graphic designer, Art director, photographer, and comic book author best known for his extensive work with the band Nine Inch Nails.

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Graphic designer person who who assembles images, typography or motion graphics to create a piece of design

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Sheridan attended art school at New York's Pratt Institute for one year before being hired at age 19 by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor in 1999, on the merits of a Nine Inch Nails fansite he created during high school. [1] He was initially hired to maintain the newly launched official Nine Inch Nails website. [2] He then also took over as art director for the band, contributing photography, web design, album covers, music videos, live tour visuals, and two live concert films. [3] He was also credited for assisting Trent Reznor with the mythology of the alternate reality game built around Nine Inch Nails' 2007 album Year Zero . [4] Sheridan left his position as Nine Inch Nails art director after the conclusion of the 2014 tour.

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Pratt Institute private art college located in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Pratt Institute is a private, nonsectarian, non-profit institution of higher learning located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, United States, with a satellite campus located at 14th Street in Manhattan and an extension campus in Utica, New York. The school originated in 1887 with programs primarily in engineering, architecture, and fine arts. Comprising six schools, the Institute is primarily known for its highly ranked programs in architecture, interior design, and industrial design, and offers both undergraduate and Master's degree programs in a variety of fields, with a strong focus on research.

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, primary musician, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released eight Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

In 2010, Sheridan co-founded the band How to Destroy Angels. He featured on all the studio releases, as well as touring with the band in 2013.

How to Destroy Angels (band) band

How to Destroy Angels (HTDA) is a musical group consisting of Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig, and Rob Sheridan. The group is named after a 1984 Coil song of the same name. Alessandro Cortini joined the lineup for the duration of the 2013 tour.

Sheridan is most widely known for his glitch art. [5] [6] , but is also well-recognized for his work in illustration, photography, graphic design, and as the director, editor, and director of photography responsible for concert films, as well as a director for the 2005 Nine Inch Nails music video The Hand That Feeds.

Glitch art

Glitch art is the practice of using digital or analog errors for aesthetic purposes by either corrupting digital data or physically manipulating electronic devices. Glitches appear in visual art such as the film A Colour Box (1935) by Len Lye, the video sculpture TV Magnet (1965) by Nam June Paik and more contemporary work such as Panasonic TH-42PWD8UK Plasma Screen Burn (2007) by Cory Arcangel.

The Hand That Feeds single by Nine Inch Nails

"The Hand That Feeds" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, With Teeth (2005). It is the highest charting song by Nine Inch Nails on all charts except for US Modern Rock Tracks, where it stayed at number one for five weeks, because the single that followed, "Only", stayed at number one for two more weeks (non-consecutively), and the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 31, bested only by the group's 1999 single "The Day the World Went Away", which peaked at number 17 but did not chart anywhere else in the US and never had any popular success, making it one of their less popular singles. It is, to date, Nine Inch Nails' only single to hit the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, as well as their highest-charting single on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, peaking at number two. It was also a crossover hit, crossing over to pop radio as their first top 40 radio hit since "Closer" and "Hurt" in 1994 and 1995, respectively, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2018, Sheridan announced that he would be writing a comic book through the new launch of Vertigo on DC Comics, called High Level . The tentative release date is in 2019. [7]

Comic book publication of comics art

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the U.S. in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.

DC Comics U.S. comic book publisher

DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, and produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Hawkman, Cyborg and Supergirl.

High Level Town in Alberta, Canada

High Level is a town in northern Alberta, Canada. It is located at the intersection of the Mackenzie Highway and Highway 58, approximately 733 kilometres (455 mi) north of Edmonton and 725 kilometres (450 mi) south of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. High Level is located within Mackenzie County and was founded in 1947.

Work with Nine Inch Nails

<i>Things Falling Apart</i> remix album by Nine Inch Nails

Things Falling Apart is the second remix album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on November 21, 2000 by Nothing Records and Interscope Records. It is the companion remix disc to The Fragile. The US promotional CD single for "Into the Void" is also labeled as "Halo 16".

<i>With Teeth</i> album

With Teeth is the fourth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on May 3, 2005 by Nothing Records and Interscope Records. The album was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and long-time collaborator Alan Moulder. It also features contributions from musician Dave Grohl.

<i>Year Zero</i> (album) album

Year Zero is the fifth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released by Interscope Records on April 17, 2007. Frontman Trent Reznor wrote the album's music and lyrics while touring in support of the band's previous album, With Teeth (2005). In contrast to the introspective style of songwriting Reznor has used on other albums, Year Zero is a concept album that criticizes contemporary policies of the United States government by presenting a dystopian vision of the year 2022.

Rob Sheridan on the set of Nine Inch Nails' "Wave Goodbye", Aug 26, 2009 Rob Sheridan.jpg
Rob Sheridan on the set of Nine Inch Nails' "Wave Goodbye", Aug 26, 2009

Work outside Nine Inch Nails

Sheridan had been working with Trent Reznor on his other band How to Destroy Angels as the art director. He also created the artwork/package for the soundtrack release of the Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning score for The Social Network , composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. [11]

Sheridan has also become known for his illustration work. In 2007 he began posting artwork and releasing prints on his Sketchblog, which he described as "an exercise in creative discipline - an attempt to get myself to draw more and play around with images and ideas that wouldn't fit in my professional work." [12]

While the original Sketchblog doesn't exist anymore and has been redirected to the homepage , Sheridan still offers prints and other merchandise of his artwork on his webstore and Patreon.

Sheridan has also been known long for his work shooting, directing, and editing for other artists and musicians. Recently, in 2015, Sheridan shot, directed, and edited a video for the band The Black Queen (band) called “Ice To Never.” He has also worked with Maynard James Keenan and Tamar Levine to create visuals and ambiance for Puscifer's 2015-2017 shows.

Recognition

In December 2008, in recognition for his work in Art Direction on the Ghosts I-IV box set, Sheridan was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Box Set or Limited Edition Package" [13] and in 2013 for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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References

  1. Biographical information from artist's portfolio: http://www.rob-sheridan.com, http://www.rob-sheridan.com/main.php#/ABOUT
  2. Sheridan was credited with "web integration" in the liner notes for the 1999 Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile .
  3. Projects listed in artist's portfolio: http://www.rob-sheridan.com
  4. Sheridan was credited with "world building" alongside Reznor in the liner notes for Year Zero. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1056593/otherworks
  5. Sheridan, Rob. "analog(one)". Rob Sheridan. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
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  12. "SketchBlog: About SketchBlog". www.rob-sheridan.com. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  13. "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List - Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominees". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences . Retrieved 2009-02-08.