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  • Chick Corea | Marc Bessant
    is Chick Corea the American jazz pianist keyboardist and composer A prolific recording artist as well as an unquenchable thirst for playing live has seen me putting together various CD sleeves posters DVD covers tour programmes and merchandise over the

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  • Rock, Paper, Scissors | Marc Bessant
    forthcoming number of shows from Peter Gabriel and Sting this would see the two of them on stage singing apart together and each others songs all done with a healthy dose of playful competition hence the shows title Rock Paper Scissors First day back 2016 and I m sat between the pair of them showing some ideas some of which you can see above along with the eventual choice So

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  • Artwork | Marc Bessant
    this Record Store Day 2015 release The music was of course taken care of and sounded as good today as I could have imagined it whilst reading that book so many years earlier David provided some wonderful photography and unused shots from the film so along with some well placed type and a lovely blood red piece of vinyl I was pretty sure we d have a good looking horror soundtrack on and eventually in our hands Warning Sign Soundtrack by Craig Safan Posted on October 3rd 2014 Artwork design movies Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us I have just delivered the sleeve art for a soundtrack that s uncomfortably a little too topical at the moment Warning Sign is a 1985 science fiction horror film about an outbreak of a virulent bacteria which largely kills those who are unfortunate to come into contact with it In my opinion its not a particularly good film but its saving grace is the dark synth tones of Craig Safan s score which menacingly runs throughout proceedings The original artwork was all black and red as per the biological hazard symbol but I was keen to do something a little more derivitive of the laboratories in which the action takes place so I went mostly white and agar plate red The image on the cover is a paint and pixels affair my hand pressed on to paper watercolours and a flick of paint here and there stretched and embellished on the Mac then printed on uncoated white white board The insert is a mish mash of original tape boxes films stills my mucky fingerprints and mid80s computer type all in a bit of a mess as the intention was to give the impression the art layout itself was somehow infected affected Fittingly topped off with red white splatter vinyl well what else Warning Sign by Craig Safan is available on CD Ltd Ed Vinyl from Invada Records Real World Records 25 Posted on July 24th 2014 Artwork design Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Real World Records celebrate 25 years of musical discovery by releasing 48 tracks over 3CDs a booklet and poster all neatly housed in a clamshell box Wooden block prints were used to create the shapes which eventually made up the typography scanned then coloured using the established Real World colour system evident on all their CD LP spines Much more on the entire 25th anniversary project here http 25 realworldrecords com A Midsummer Night s Poster Posted on July 23rd 2014 Artwork design fun with drawing and colouring in posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us As well as designing during the day on the odd occasion I like to spend my spare time doing the exactly the same tragic i know such was the case with the above poster for a neighbouring town s drama society version of old Bill s A Midsummer Night

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  • design | Marc Bessant
    bit like the birds in the trees whilst walking to work I had worked with Geoff and Ben previously with DROKK so I was very pleased when asked to work on this one too I was given a number of approved stills from Universal Films and set about putting something together that I hoped would look like an object that might be seen on a shelf in Nathan s the story s eccentric genius whose residence is also a research facility home and also a homage to rated dystopian sci fi of old namely THX1138 I opted for a gatefold LP that looks arctic fresh clean and linear no superfluous movements or flourishes as the film imagery is so good already some simple modern typography with a dash of chaos by means of a frost blue vinyl splatter Hopefully nice to look at certainly great to listen to John Metcalfe The Appearance of Colour Posted on April 23rd 2015 design Music Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us When I first spoke to John Metcalfe about his new record I immediately had an idea of what I wanted it to look like but I wasn t sure how to achieve it I was certain the cover should be an image which indicates a sudden bursting into or out of life that flicker of electricity from which all things are born or end Some time ago I saw an exhibition of photographs depicting the moment a cathode ray tube tv is turned on off and I found them immediately fascinating I showed these images to John and he was equally taken by them We got in touch with Kenzee Patterson an Australian artist who works across a wide array of media materials and technology and He was really into being part of this record TX 21PS72AQ 2008 is from a series of photographs depicting the flash that occurs the moment a cathode ray tube television is switched off The random scattering of electron beams produces unique patterns in an array of colours This fleeting moment has been fixed on photographic film rendering visible a normally imperceptible phenomenon As a medium analogue photography has withstood its own imminent demise making it the ideal witness to the death throes of an obsolete technology We all immediately agreed the image was too good to spoil with titles or additional information of any kind as that would detract from its non verbal impact This ties into one of the core ideas behind John s album that the absence of a specific narrative can provoke much more intense reactions in our subconscious emotions DUEL Devil On Wheels Documentary Poster Posted on April 23rd 2015 Artwork design film fun with drawing and colouring in posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us A couple of months ago I was contacted by one of the film makers for an upcoming documentary The Devil on Wheels which is based on and around the

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  • posters | Marc Bessant
    the very first horror films I saw and I was immediately taken by the thrill of it So at first I was a little hesitant when asked if I would contribute a poster along with others to commemorate and help promote the feature There are already some wonderful Duel posters out there both from the time and recent reboots but mostly all centre on the truck perhaps rightly so but to me Duel was always more than just this here was a play on cruelty one creatures determination to catch and kill another seemingly for no other reason than because it could I saw the truck as this great big rust coloured snake winding along the parched Californian roads looking for its next meal so that was the poster I did and very happy I am with it too A Midsummer Night s Poster Posted on July 23rd 2014 Artwork design fun with drawing and colouring in posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us As well as designing during the day on the odd occasion I like to spend my spare time doing the exactly the same tragic i know such was the case with the above poster for a neighbouring town s drama society version of old Bill s A Midsummer Night s Dream I love the theatre and have a fair liking for a poster which altogether made for a most pleasant evenings work INVADA present APOCATASTASIS Posted on November 1st 2012 design Music posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us With the supposed Mayan apocalypse prophecy due only 48 hrs later this sequence of posters for the forthcoming INVADA records super gig APOCATASTASIS meaning restoration to the original or primordial condition will be doing the rounds online in print over the coming weeks Dramatic NASA shots of a solar eclipse and some tight type would look smart on the wall of any underground bunker Should be a great night as there are some fantastic bands players in attendance and according to some it may be one of the last gigs on this rock further info over at invada co uk The Birthday Party Posted on March 7th 2012 Artwork design posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Heres a recently finished poster for a local Dramatic Society production of Harold Pinters The Birthday Party A powerful play about Stanley Webber an erstwhile and bespectacled piano player who lives in a rundown English seaside town boarding house run by Meg and Petey Boles Two sinister strangers Goldberg and McCann who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him turn Stanley s apparently innocuous birthday party organized by Meg into a living nightmare A mindbender of a play that s well worth a read Much Ado About Nothing Posted on February 15th 2012 Artwork design posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Sorry I ve neglected this

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  • PG&S_poster_evolution | Marc Bessant
    RSS feed Back to blog Blog categories Artwork design film fun with drawing and colouring in Inspiration movies Music paintings posters Tshirts Uncategorized video PG S poster evolution Posted on January 29th 2016 Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon

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  • Presenting Shakespeare: 1’100 Posters from around the World | Marc Bessant
    around the World Posted on September 7th 2015 Artwork design posters Share this post Facebook Twitter Digg StumbleUpon Del icio us Very pleased to have had two posters of mine Much Ado About Nothing A Midsummer Nights Dream published in the book Presenting Shakespeare 1 100 Posters from Around the World which is co authored by Steven Heller and New York based design studio Mirko Ilic The book is published

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  • Peter Gabriel Vinyl Reissues | Marc Bessant
    the process of a number of such reissues with the latest being for Peter Gabriel his first four self titled albums having been half speed remastered a process I can t explain and set to be rereleased as 2xvinyl in gatefold sleeves very nice too The first part of the art design process was getting hold of the artwork of the time fortunately much had been archived by the original designers Hipgnosis Storm Thorgerson and Peter himself and most was in pretty good condition I set about getting all the original parts rescanned and photographed at hi res determined that if the music was getting a spit and polish then the sleeves ought to too I had grown up looking at these record sleeves I have a distinct memory of being wowed by the PG1 Car cover in the window of Bullough Bros Electrical on Portishead High Street when I was about 6 and it was marvellous having the chance to see the original works in detail the scalpel scratched water droplets on the car bonnet of PG1 the tippexed and paper tears on the scratches of PG2 and the smudged scraped and frankly vandalised polaroids of PG3 it s

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