Not shops you can buy ghosts in, but shops that aren’t there anymore.
Cover and illustrations for Deluxe Magazine, a periodical about music and record shops.
The main feature in this issue was an interview with Joe Mount from the musical act METRONOMY. (Joe’s from Totnes in Devon like me and The Drift Record Shop who publish Deluxe.
Here, the copies from the Newspaper Club printers had just arrived at The Drift Record Shop. The drawings were done with a ‘Parallel’ calligraphy Pilot Pen & Pentel ColourBrush brush pen.
Or grab a physical copy from Drift in Totnes. I think you can mail-order free physical copies from their website too, you just have to pay postage.
It’s distributed nation-wide by Forte Music Distribution so copies will be in record shops all over the UK too.
You can read an online version of the interview – complete with drawings – right here.
Check out those piles.
I think there was something like 3,000 copies of this printed up.
The graphic design on Deluxe is by the peerless AtWork studio. Check those guys out.
I helped out with the free-handing on this T-shirt design for the Drift Record Shop…
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.
If you fancy a shirt, you can pick one up from the Drift website here.
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.
Or if you fancy a leisurely peruse with much more lovely design, there’s a fancy magazine version you can read a .PDF file of online:
…Which also has a fancy embed too.
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.
Some photos of the very plush, oversize-hardcover of Bartkira: Nuclear Edition, now in print and available from your friendly local comic shop!
Here’s some of my art in amongst some amazing work from industry veterans and trail-blazing newcomers, the perennial AkiraRalph spread!
So Bartkira‘s a whole thing, you know. Here’s an outstanding mural by Erik Veldmeijer and Frans Boukas at the Incubate festival in Holland. (Photo by William van der Voort.), some Mulhouse / Tetsuo cosplays, memorabilia and a Bart / Kaneda tattoo(!)
The title page with Bart / Kaneda and an interior spread with Milhouse / Tetsuo by project co-editor James Harvey:
Warwick Johnson Cadwell draws frenetic city-wide cataclysms like it ain’t no thing:
Due to the grey area/public domain spot the work exists in legally, all profits from the sale of the book go to charity; OISCA Coastal Forest Restoration Project in Miyagi Prefecture and Save the Children, as chosen by Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon. So you can know your pennies are going to a good place in return for you being able to put a slice of buzzing pop-culture madness on your bookshelf.
Some snaps some the workshop I did earlier today at the Drake’s Circus branch of Waterstones in Plymouth. It was great fun and I’d like to thank everybody who turned up and made it such a good way to spend an afternoon!
I only thought to photograph some bits of it, as I was either too busy, drawing away or just lost in waving at passing members of the public.
Quick sketch of Anthony Horowitz‘ Groosham Grange, from an offered description! It’s a spooky castle!
Some of the drawings I coaxed out of people who just thought they were out shopping!
Dave Hooper and I jam out a comic with a Noir theme… Me, I like a noir theme, Dave, he lives a noir theme, and has the hat to prove it…
Jam comic by – in order – Diana Mazuru, me, Dave Hooper, Rob Cross, Tincuta Moscaliuc and Jake Rowlinson. We were all warmed up by this stage…
Another couple of satisfied customers! Dad here is a graphic designer and draws a mean cartoon cat (which is in the collection above!)
My totally top gang of core comickers, (from left to right) Tincuta Moscaliuc, Diana Mazuru, Dave Hooper, Rob Cross, Craig Richards and Jake Rowlinson (dressed up as Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings in honour of World Book Day, no less!) thanks folks!
Some… Years in the making, the second volume of the Power of Five graphic novel series -’Evil Star’ – will be out… Wait for it… Right now!
This is the volume I drew entirely on my own – pencils and inks – and its the longest book I’ve had out on own yet; weighing in a a hefty 170 pages!
The story is a continuation of the the five-novel series written by Anthony Horowitz and adapted by Tony Lee. In the first novel, 14 year old Matt Freeman was fostered as part of a government scheme to a small village in Yorkshire where he slowly learnt that all wan’t quite what it seemed, and the local folklore of witches might not be quite so dead after all. A little bit like The Wicker Man, all the villagers are actually in on an occult plot to reopen the portal that’s sealed away an evil ‘Old One’, monster. In Evil Star, it turns out that there’s another gate holding back Old Ones in Peru, South America, and the organisation that helps Matt sends him there to investigate. And then there are adventures! Obviously!
So after months of stapled script booklets, separate bits of paper with pencils on and inked artboard in piles, the finished product looks like this! (Note festive tablecloth also.)
You can buy the book from the publisher Walker Books themselves, Amazon UK or Amazon US, and a bunch of other places!
There’s a preview PDF of some lettered interior pages up on the Walker Books page, to read it, click here!
The story starts straight away as soon as you open the front cover – no title pages or publication information pages…
So since we only had black and white to play with for interiors, I used a few storytelling tricks to help make the tale feel a bit richer. Here, the folk-art style border means the characters are in an Incan town.Here, the grey instead of white means the scene is taking place in a shared dream world.And the grey linework and mottled brushwork shading here means it’s a flashback.So here’s the book sitting on top of all the pages of artwork on Bristol board that went into its creation.
So here’s a spread with the original art next to it.
And another.So since the series is being reprinted to fit in with the style of the prose novels a bit more, Evil Star and Raven’s Gate look pretty good next to each other, hm?
Looks pretty good together on the shelf too…
(Not that my work deserves such good neighbours, but you get the general idea…)
Some snaps of the lovely reprint of the Power of Five: Raven’s Gate Graphic Novel that Walker Books put out a while ago.
It’s slightly bigger than the last edition, and the page stock is a bit weightier this time around so it’s slightly thicker, too. Nices! The book opened up to reveal Richard Cole’s hellhound-gunning Peugeot 106 in all its glory. Also, some other things.
I’m sure I mentioned at some point in the past that there were 170 pages to this sucker, didn’t I?
There’s some nice spot varnish on the front and back cover too. You don’t get that with an e-book, y’know.
I’m really pleased with this edition. The design was by David McDougall at Walker and features Walker’s graphic novel imprint’s branding, which the last edition missed out on because it was published before the imprint even existed! The other books in the series have different colours in their design so they look really good on a shelf too. You can get it from Amazon (UK), or Walker Books’ own webshop here.
April means it’s Record Store Day, and The Drift Record Shop in Totnes are doing something special: Gold Panda and Luke Abbott are playing gigs in the shop!
So the shop needed a poster to trumpet about getting some of the biggest acts yet to perform there, so I worked with Rupert at Drift to hammer something out…
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.
The posters on the shop counter.
And some in the window! See you on the 20th!