Thursday, December 17, 2009

In the belly of the beast...

Many years ago I had a Civil Service job and worked inside the belly of a giant building known as Quarry House -- it is memorable to most denizens of Leeds as it cuts quite a swarthy silhouette on the horizon. There are many rumours about the building, my favourite being that, had he won the war, Hitler planned to use it as his base, no doubt tying up his zeppelin on the giant protruding spike.

Anyway, I still keep in touch with a couple of people I worked with and a few weeks ago I was contacted, in hushed and conspiratal tones, regarding a fiendish idea... The head of the department I formerly worked for was leaving and they wanted to commission some sort of ART as a leaving gift, something which would provide a memorable snapshot of time spent working there.

Quick as a flash, we established a budget, timescales, and a plan of action.

My idea was actually sparked off the poster I did for The Hold Steady, where I tried to fit in as many references to the band's songs as I could. A meeting in a pub provided the perfect starting point, and a few sketches later the idea was taking shape. The plan was for me to create the scenery backdrop and a couple of characters to provide scale within the week, while the client came up with all the ideas for things each character could be doing. We would meet again in a week's time, and then I would have a further week to populate the backdrop with all the little folks doing various things.

Half way through the second week I thought to myself, "This is actually quite weird -- I'm being paid to draw pictures of everyone I used to work with."

Thankfully, everything was completed before "CRUNCH TIME", the A2 Giclee print arrived on time (which looks gorgeous), and my old work colleagues are all very happy with the final illustration:

Click here to slightly bigginize.

This was painted digitally, using my Wacom, and I managed to take snapshots of the piece as it took shape. These I will duly post at some point soon.

Overall, a unique and enjoyable project.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

D4 Print process, Coke, No Ice.

The printing went well. Here are some pictures depicting the wellness:

Thanks to those that followed the live printing process on Twitter - hope you enjoyed it.

I would love to say that these are available from Dillinger Four on their current UK tour but unfortunately I understand the band have sold them all.

I still have a small stack of these left and hope to have some with me at the (now sold out) Leeds gig of their tour.

If you're wanting one and not going to be at Leeds, I will be selling them through the usual online means after the tour - drop me an email ( if you're interested but move quick, these won't be around for long!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Feels just like summer in October...

So! Dillinger Four are touring the UK and it has been years and years since they were here last. I recall the Leeds gig with fond memories only slightly tarnished by the nudity that ensued...

I'm involved with putting on the Leeds gig this time around, and through my contact with the band - lo and behold - if I haven't wound up designing a tour poster for them to sell at each stop along their jaunty UK journey.

Here she be!

I will be printing this on Friday. As with the last time I printed a poster, I will be Tweeeeeting the live printing action-progress via my Twitter feed which you can follow here:

Look out for further updates once these things exist on live, actual paper.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Mug Mug Mug

I was about to start this entry with a caveat about how I have yet to use this blog for shameless gig promotion... but then I realised that I essentially do this each and every time I post a gig-poster design. So you are no doubt EXCITED to hear about this latest musical event, yes? I knew! OK!

While I don't play in a 'regular' band anymore like I did back in the day, I do continue to make musical appearances here and there. Here is something which I am excited about:

As the name implies, DESCENDAGE is a Descendents covers band; we first played together around 10 years ago and only play every few years, when the planets and stars are aligned. That glorious time is once again upon us.

In case you are not familiar with the Descendents, they are an American punk band often credited as pioneering the early US Pop-Punk sound. They are abrasive, vulgar and sometimes juvenile but also have many melodic, uplifting, sensitive, and just downright GREAT pop songs. They have a career spanning the entire length of time I have been alive and, for a punk band, they're actually pretty outstanding musicians.

Though they're still around, they don't play all that often, so it's a real treat for my comrades and I to be able to play tribute to one of our all time favourite bands.

We will be playing THIS SATURDAY the 5th December as part of a Punk Rock Stars in Their Eyes night at The Portland Arms, Cambridge, CB4 3BA 01223 357268

If you're in the area, please come along! The setlist promises to be allular...

We will have a few other appearances in the New Year, most certainly something a little closer to home... Watch this space.

"Believe and you shall achieve... ALL!"

Visit the Descendents online home here: and you can also buy their stuff on iTunes and the like.