Faux cheesy laundrette window painting to celebrate the release of the band Dry Cleaning‘s debut album ‘New Long Leg’, out on the famous 4AD record label.
This is probably the most ambitious window painting I’ve done at Drift so far, definitely in terms of the multiple colours this time around. There’s even a tiny bit of metallic gold paint in there too!
The band are British – from London – are are some proper, head-down, high-speed, chugging yet acrobatic guitar goodness, laid over with a full flow of compelling, stream-of-consciousness lyrics that are more like poetry. Go seek out!
I was kinda freewheeling with all the bubbles towards the end there… Didn’t look too bad in the end there!
Christmas window painted onto glass with white acrylic paint (after roughing the lines out in chalk) for the Drift Record Shop, looking okay in the December rain.
Half of the puns (the worst half) are the artist’s own. If you know me, you will know that Santa is only ever painted leering.
Thanks to the shop for the photo.
No, it doesn’t describe how I feel about them (they’re lovely).
So the gist comes from a photo of someone wearing an anti Vietnam Draft t-shirt (with a crease over the ‘a’) which was then used on a record cover that the shop got in… And then made them think someone had a bone to pick with them.
I also helped with some hand-drawn lettering for their logo too. The idea was to take it away from straight, clean type and make the whole thing more organic. The leaning, drunken letters towards the end of the name were to hammer the point home.
And talking about Drift, they’ve just released their list of the 100 best albums of the year.
You can read a lovely (and incredibly well-designed) list of the top hundred best! New! Music! titles by clicking here to go to Drift’s ‘Deluxe’ website.
Aieee, the image-making technique we do not speak of… Photography! Anyway, here’s some photos of this blog’s writer-gremlin doing some great big art at das supercool, independently-owned indie record store the Drift Record Shop in Totnes and having tons of fun in the process…
I was painting (with real-life acrylic paint) the Christmas window at Drift. (I’d even go so far as to borrow my partner’s screen-printing ink hand-tray. Shh!)
Working at this size after spending countless hours noodling over smallish bits of paper with varying sizes of ink marks was fantastically liberating. Look at the little twinkle in my bloodshot eye…
Cool records to be seen in the background, artist thankfully not in shot…
The idea behind this was to clobber people in the eye with the massive, bold design as they walked up Totnes high street. I drew the outlines with a chunky liquid chalk marker to get them looking crisp before proceeding to block in with good old-fashioned paint and a brush.
The finished thing! The idea is that the robin is using his beak as a stylus. y’see… Yep, it’s rude, we’re trying to provoke some kind of reaction here…
Many thanks to team Drift for the photos! You can peruse their wares by visiting their website, here.
Just drew on the windows of the Drift Record Shop yesterday – this window was the most ambitious I/we’ve done yet as it was an eight-frame comic spread accross eight giant window panes!
The story was written by R.G. at Drift, and for the common touch, concerned (un)popular hate figure Simon Cowell and a Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol‘ analogue…
I drew little arrows telling the readers where to go next, and there will be a little ‘how to read a comic’ blurb on the shop door (because I’m shocked to see that there are some people who don’t know, or at least think they don’t know.)
The funny thing is watching people read it, you have to use your legs and feet as much as your eyes to go from start to finish, because it’s so big…
And here’s some snaps of odd bits of the drawing that snakes around the entire shop…
(Totnes’ Norman Castle is visible at the bottom of the blue sky behind Cowell’s neck in the image above)
(The silver sheets here are to keep the sun off the record racks first thing in the morning.)
The image needed to be fairly bold, with the act names popping out so people would notice, so I got into mixing up watery acrylic paint and writing out text with a rectangular foam brush on big sheets of newsprint paper over and over, trying to get it as bold and flowing as possible…
You can see the water and the paint separating a bit here…
Dropping the scans into Photoshop, I mocked this up…
If you seem into, you can see all the thresholded bristle texture and edging on here…
Another mock-up. The texture wasn’t quite coming through on this one, although there were some nice bits.
So it was time for a bit of a rethink, so we went for loose-based-on-formal, and it seemed to work. So it wasn’t long before Rupert did a bit of jiggery-pokery and had a poster!
The final Record Store Day 2013 Poster – click through to see larger!
The plan is to sell these on the day – the 20th of April – in the record shop, so anybody who comes to the gig can buy a poster too if they feel like it.
Here’s the strip from its image file, click through to read it at a comfortable size: As this was an opportunity to poke my head above a parapet with a view of a landscape I didn’t have that much of an excuse to be in – record retail and collecting – and then proceed to throw my opinions around, I wanted to make sure it was half worth reading, so I wrestled with some roughs:I ended up getting two comics-worth from the preliminary brain rummage, so cut the first one free and then threw this at the Editor as a statement of intent:The poor guy.
It was nice to wang on about something using comics as a medium though. The whole thing brings to mind the increasing troubles facing physical shops that sell physical objects. Bit like your local comic shop. If you have one left anywhere near you. I suppose comic shops have people going in every week for their fix of The BigTwo‘s product; something that there isn’t really a parallel to in indie record emporiums. But then again digital comics are on the up, slicing more share away from the comic shop owner. Hmm. I remember thinking to myself a while back that if there was any true future in comics they would have to become a trash medium again. Even though mail order ‘long tail’ graphic novels and collections – and even Kickstarters for the same – are fantastic, if we really want to be anywhere approaching relevance we need to jump onto the digital platform bandwagon – even if we don’t know where it’s headed – and start pedalling like crazy, and hope the mainstream takes some notice of us again.
Mind you, I do like a nice physical object like a graphic novel or trade paperback to read, so I suppose I want it both ways really. Harrumph.
My brushes with public art continue in a most pleasant fashion, it beats sitting at home at the desk anyway. There’s sunlight and people and everything. Another window for The Drift Record Shop, this one is all about the Mercury Music Prize, an annual musical talking point and media circus over here in the UK. Twelve differing musical artistes’ albums are nominated, then a month or two later a shadowy conclave of secret masters with unknowable motives decide that one of the offerings is – in actual fact – the Record of the Year.
Those with a special interest in squinting will be interested to know that the artistes represented are:
And then I went and did some live drawing in the background of The Drift Record Shop Radio Hour on SoundArt Radio, broadcasting on FM and world-wide on the interwebs. In terms of audio I’m mostly the guy sniggering off-mic, making it all sound like student radio, but I did manage to shoe-horn in a bit Art History (well, sort-of) among some other nonsense…
The sketches (and there’s quite a few of them) were all put up live as I drew them via Tumblr, and now the show itself is also up on the online archive, so you can view and listen all at once. The hour of drawing absolutely flew by. I got to hear some great records, and I’ve got to say that the Drift radio venture is fast becoming my go-to place for good new music over mainstream radio or online snark-blogs. I love radio, I love good music, and I love drawing. Yew do da math(s).
That’s one of my sketchbooks that are with me at all times when I’m out and about, in a messenger bag at my side, in that photo. They’re full of observational drawings like these. I’ve been meaning to put up scans of them, and I will at some point in the future.
Elsewhere on SoundArt and podcasts, my Call of Cthulhu RPG ‘Keeper’, Bill Eaton presents ‘SoundArt Stories’, a great programme on short fiction, with great stories to listen to and bits of writing shop-talk. The show has its own blog and online show archive, so have a listen.