Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have never really been into vintage clothes shopping. The smell of old man, damp, a hundred different homes and lifestyles that are collected together to form a mutant funk of clothes that rarely tickle my picker, is not for me. Books however, yes please. I have a weakness for it. I really don't like the cover art work on the majority of contemporary books, in particular SCI-FI and Fantasy which always seem to be so vanilla. The golden age of cover design for me was when artists seemed to be liberated and free to express whatever the hell they liked in order to illustrate the tome and in most cases appear to be either enduring or attempting to induce some sort of freakish trip.
Brick Lane on a Sunday which is something of a Dickensian affair with suspicious street vendors hawking their wares on the post saturday night street surface, has spawned a number of worthy book purchases. 'Sea Tales of Terror' has one of the finest covers that I have ever seen on a book. It cost me a couple of quid from a popup vintage market down the Truman end of BL. Although the image is sort of comical, there is no doubt that if a 100ft tall 'sea skeleton'(?) reared up from the ocean, it would scare your shit out, so job done (pun).
'Science Fiction Stories' has a slightly more low brow design. Looking at it now I can't decide why I like it. Its sort of crap. But brilliant. There are interior illustrations too which fail to disappoint..
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I went to the opening for the Graniph Design awards exhibition at KK Outlet a few weeks ago, I got really wet on the way down there on my bike and had a massive black streak of road water up my back. Part of the show involved a drawing competition where you could design a t shirt with felt pens and have the chance to win one of the T's in the exhibition. Throughout the night they were filming and interviewing people to make this video, at the end of the night they approached me and, having made good use of the free booze, I was potentially a little over eager to oblige. They must have gathered at least 20mins of footage from my interview but mercifully, much of it has been cut leaving only my description of one of the designs I produced (the explosion). Somehow during my piece to camera I managed to adopt the pseudonym "Dave Moist" on account of my beleaguered journey down there, a name with has stuck with the people at KK outlet.
You can see a number of my master pieces bellow on this gallery vid. look out for the babycrow email address at the bottom. The design that won me a t shirt was the 'man love' one. My housemate produced the sweat patch beauty!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Its coming soon! Blazing Pitchers at UBF round 3. This month its a speed challenge where the hearty baristas have to make four technically accurate drinks in the shortest time with penalty time added for spillages and bad habits etc. The times go up on a leader board a bit like the fastest lap on top gear.
for the poster I went for a warp speed effect with lightning charging the blazing pitcher. This is pretty much exactly what the UBF is like..
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This design was originally produced for the album promo but ended up being appropriated as the live album cover to be sold on their Kill it Kid's headline tour.
Each element of the electrified rubbish heap represents an element of the the band, production or album.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This bear originally featured in a design for Kill It Kid's album which then didn't get used, scrapping the idea for the design I posted previously. Then I was asked to create a t shirt design that involved the bear from that design, I put one together and this got used. Before I realised this however, I decided to redraw the original (quite cartooney) bear into the furry incarnation you see before you. So this bear didn't get used, the original did and now the album design that the bear made it's first appearance on has since been rejigged into a live album to sell on their Oct 09 tour! I was pretty happy with this drawing so decided to share it with the interweb anyway..