Friday, November 25, 2011

Creative Review - Monograph Screenadelica feature

Earlier in the year I picked up a subscription to Creative Review magazine, which is a great way to be exposed to new ideas and imagery which I might not come accross (or even search for) when in front of the computer screen.

Subscribers also get an extra little publication called Monograph, which is almost like a nicely printed little zine about a different subject each month.

For the December issue, Monograph features some of the gigposter art by various designers involved with Screenadelica, including my Lucero poster.

It's an absolute pleasure to be included alongside quite a few friends & peers, thanks to all involved!

Lucero Gigposter

Some of my posters were recently displayed and sold at the Orlando Calling Festival in the Shining Lands of America, thanks to the hard work and constant travelling of the Mobile Screenadelica Exhibition Crew!

The Screenadelica designers were asked to produce posters for some of the bands playing the festival, and I was chuffed to do one for those good ol' Lucero boys:

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]An edition of 50, with a delightful colour-blend, I hand printed these beasts myself and they are now available on the AoC Shop here.

Lucero Gigposter

Some of my posters were recently displayed and sold at the Orlando Calling Festival in the Shining Lands of America, thanks to the hard work and constant travelling of the Mobile Screenadelica Exhibition Crew!

The Screenadelica designers were asked to produce posters for some of the bands playing the festival, and I was chuffed to do one for those good ol' Lucero boys:

An edition of 50, with a delightful colour-blend, I hand printed these beasts myself and they are now available on the AoC Shop here

I Am Kloot gigposter

A little while ago I was asked by the lovely Mara Piccione to contribute to a special 25th Anniversary Exhibition for the Netherlands Venue EKKO.

Each designer in the exhibition produced a poster for a band that had played excellent and memorable gigs at EKKO. This is the poster I designed & printed for Manchester krooners, I Am Kloot.

This is a super-limited run of only 32, and the few that I have left are now available on the AoC Shop.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Screenprinting Course

So this weekend myself and good friend Cameron Steward ( taught our first Screenprinting Course at WYPW, the place where we both print. I'm very happy to report we were both really pleased with how it went.

As well as taking everyone through the print process we spent some time showing our enthusiastic group of 6 a few tricks for prepping files in Photoshop, such as trapping and halftoning.

I designed a 2 colour print as a sort of certificate for the course, and each student took home the one they printed.


The students were keen and enthusiastic and were an absolute pleasure to work with. Everyone was able to print their own artwork on the second day, and you can see a few of the prints here, here and here!

Fantastic stuff and I look forward to teaching further courses in the future!



Monday, October 31, 2011

Skulls are...


Not only is this portentous day signified by mischievous ghosts and goblins making merry by the moonlight, but it is also the launch of my design for the Awesome Merch Vs Poster Roast Series.

The design will be sent out as postcards and posters with each order placed with Awesome Merch throughout November and will also be available in gruesome t-shirt form - although move quickly human, there are only 50 available!

Just for fun, I have also adapted this design for wallpaper, which you can download for free!


Available sizes:

1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050 / 1920 X 1080 / 1920 x 1200 / 2048 x 1152 / 2560 x 1440 / ipad / mobile


Be Spooky; Stay Safe.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Screen Printing Course & Exhibition


Myself and my esteemed colleague Cameron Steward ( will be facilitating a 2 day screen printing course, taking place at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, the studio where we both print much of our work.

The course is aimed at people who have an interest in printing gig posters, so will cover such topics as:

  • Working with bands/labels & the legalities gigposters
  • Making your design 'screenprint friendly' - understanding the pros and cons of the medium
  • Using such techniques as trapping and overprinting
  • Screenprinting accurately and at speed!

The ideal participant would be someone with a sense of humour, who is willing to ask daft questions and get their hands dirty.  Also they must be aged 18 or over.

For more info, please go here:

And if you are interested - move quick friend as I think there many only be 1 or 2 places left.

At this very moment there is also an exhibition of gigposters at the studio, aptly titled 'This is a GigPoster.' If you were interested in having a look at the studio, you should swing by soon and check out the work on show.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gig Posters Volume 2

Very pleased indeed to have been included in the new Gig Posters book. I received my copy through the post today, and let me tell you it is absolutely beautiful and each page is perforated so you can pull out and display your favourites.

The book is not out on general sale yet but you can preorder it here, and it should be readily available in lots of places when it is out.  A perfect gift for music and art fans.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Playful & Passionate

Opera North recently commissioned myself and animator Ash 'Broken Pixel' Dean to put together a short animation to raise awareness of the programme of classical music taking place in the Howard Assembly Rooms.

It was a pleasure to work with Ash again, and great to see my illustrations brought to life. We both took a few process screengrabs as we worked on this, so look out for a process write-up some point soon.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Revival Tour posters available this week

I will be putting 10 copies of my poster for The Revival Tour up on the AoC Shop this Friday the 7th October at 3pm GMT (that's UK time, so convert accordingly).

In order to let people have reasonable chance to grab one, there will be a limit of no more than 2 per customer.  They might all go in minutes, or they might last a week or so - we will see!

The posters are still available to purchase at Revival Tour shows - if you are able to make it to one, please go and support the guys. They put on a really inspiring and positive show and Danny on the merch stall will be happy to sell you a poster.

Cheers & Stay Lucky.

Friday, September 30, 2011


I'm very pleased to have worked with the super awesome Chuck Ragan in putting together this Tour Poster for the 2011 UK/Europe leg of The Revival Tour.


This is an A2, 3 colour screenprint, with an edition of 270.

Thanks so much for the positive comments on the poster so far, it's been a pleasure to design and the print job is absolutely beautiful.  Because I'm getting asked the same set of questions, I'm going to try and cover all that stuff below.


These weren't at the first few shows -- really sorry to those at the earlier UK shows who worried that they missed them or that they'd sold out. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get these printed in time for the start of the Tour.  They will be available from the Newcastle show onwards.

Online Store -- I will have a small number of these available from my online store which I will put on sale sometime next week.  In order to make it fair for everyone who wants to grab one, I'll announce the date & time in advance, and after that it's first come first served.

Support the Tour! -- If you're able to get to a show and purchase one from the band directly, please do so - as mentioned above, I will not have many for sale, this is merch for the Tour. Get to a show, have a great time, and pick up a cool limited edition reminder in poster form!

Hand printed -- for those unfamiliar with the medium, these posters are hand printed, and then signed & numbered by the designer (that would be me). Each one is an individual piece of art, and a unique memento of what I'm sure will be an amazing tour. Once the run of 270 is gone, they are gone.

However... if there is enough demand, there may be a second printing in alternate colours, or with some other way of indicating a second print run. No details confirmed yet!

I think that's it -- thanks again for the interest in this print!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mellow Update!

The KLCTVEfusion Bicycle Art Show held at Mellow Johnny's in Austin, Texas took place while I was away and it sounds like it received a hugely positive response, raising over $2000 for Livestrong. Amazing news, and I'm honoured to have been involved.

Photographer Chris Gomez documented the show, and you can see more photos here:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Flatstock Europe 6 (AKA FS 32)

You know the drill by now -- the Flatstock Poster Convention is the largest gigposter event in the world, and Flatstock EU is now it's its 6th year.


As usual the event takes place in Hamburg, Germany as part of the Reeperbahn Festival and promises to be a lot of fun.

Flatstock will be situated on the spielbudenplatz of the Reeperbahn district and will be open Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th September, from 3pm to 11pm each day.

Poster artists from around the globe will be displaying and selling their prints, posters and other nick-nacks. The list of luminaries reads thus:

Crosshair (US), Piccione Illustration & Art (NL), Lil Tuffy (US), FugScreens Studios (US), Mark McCormick Art (US), Scrawled Design (GB), Damien Tran (DE), Adam Pobiak (GB), Grace Helly Graphics (DE), Pink Slip Press (US), Handcooked Posters (GB), Michael Cowell (GB), tattoo freestyle (DE), Douze Studio Dresden (DE), Kevin Tong Illustration (US), Tara McPherson (US), ARMY of CATS (GB), Luke Drozd (GB), monkeyink (US), The Comet Substance (CH), Strawdogs (NL), IdleBeats (DE/CL), Atzgerei (AT), clockwork pictures (IT), horse (GB), Slowboy (DE), Zeloot (NL), Fritte (DE), Mitchum d.a. (DE), Voodoo Catbox (US), The Red Can Co. (DE), PopFuel (CA), Boss Construction (US), Methane (US), Sean Mort (GB), Workspace (US), Walking Bodybag (DE), Arrache Toi un Oeil (FR), Rocket & Wink (DE)

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Always check the Terms!

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I was recently contacted by an online 'Designer's Gallery' in its Beta stages asking me to sign up and upload some of my work.

The site was well designed and had plenty of submissions already up there.  As I usually try and do these days, I took a look at the Terms of Use before I made a decision on whether to sign up, and the following rang a few alarm bells with me: 

"By submitting, posting or displaying any Materials on [this site], you automatically grant to us a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to copy, distribute, create derivative works of, publicly perform and display such Materials."

For me personally it's the "create derivative works of" that is most concerning. 

While direct 'rips' of work tend to get exposed quite quickly on the Internet these days and can result in bad press for the author of the derivative work, more subtle rips - especially of concepts or ideas - can be harder to spot.  There would be nothing worse than finding out your work had been appropriated and that you had actually (unintentionally) granted the rights for it to be taken and used.

On this occasion I decided I did like the idea of granting anyone with these rights concerning my work, and did not sign up to the site.

Out of interest, I took a look at the Terms of some of the other sites I use and noticed that for some of them, the language used is far less ominous and all-encompassing. The terms of, for instance, only state: "By uploading your screenshots to Dribbble you give Dribbble permission to use or distribute your screenshots on or affiliated sites" and they also go on to mention "As Dribbble asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others."

Essentially, the only right you grant in this instance is the right for your images to appear on the site; which comes across not only as reassuring but also in a tone much more supportive of creatives and users of the site.

Though the chances of your work being appropriated by a site to which you uploaded it may seem slim - and my scouring of Terms of Use Agreements my seem suspicious and maybe even paranoid - it is always worth being aware of what you are agreeing to when using a site.

Given the ease with which unscrupulous sorts can steal images online, and our current climate of so many designers and illustrators giving up their work for free via Crowdsourcing and other activities, it becomes increasingly important to understand the value of - and protect - your creative works.

Thanks for reading - stay safe!



Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wedding Illustration

Wedding artwork is not work I would typically undertake, but when I was approached by a friend of mine to come up with an illustration depicting him and his wife-to-be, I couldn't resist.

This was a pleasure to work on; my friend's input was 'just the right amount' considering the personal nature of the project, and I even framed the final print for them.  A lovely project with a happy ending.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bicycle Artshow at Mellow Johnny's, Austin TX.

I am honoured to have been asked by one of my newly acquired Austin friends (and all round super good guy), Bobby Dixon, to be involved in a bike themed art exhibition taking place at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin, Texas, happening this September.


A limited number of my 'Ride Hard...' prints will be available to purchase and all proceeds will be going to LiveStrong, the organisation set up by the legendary Lance Armstrong. I'm humbled indeed to be able to contribute to this event and hopefully raise further awareness and cash for the awesome things that LiveStrong do. 

Plus, just look at how my name sticks out amongst that list of amazing artists and contributors.  Blimey!

I would love to make this event, though sadly I fear it's a touch too far for me to cycle... If you are an Austin local, be sure to check it out!




Poster Roast at Radfest III

My hardworking friends at Poster Roast recently represented the work of a few UK poster artists at the recent Radfest III event, and I'm pleased to say some of my work featured among the colourful offerings of eye-noms & poster tidbits.

They even put up a few pictures which you can see here:

For those unaware of the cool stuff Poster Roast do, you should absolutely go and view this rather nice videomational reel, with immediacy!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

'Ride Hard & Earn the Downhill' now available

Pick up my latest bike themed print from the online shop:

Pick one up now to get FREE POSTAGE to anywhere!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ARTCRANK London 2011 - Opening Night

Despite the riots and turmoil in London, plans are still rightly going ahead for the ARTCRANK London event, the opening of which will be on Friday 19th August.  It promises to be a great night, so definitely try and swing by if you're around.


My prints have now made the magical transition from pixels to ink and paper and look great!  They are A2, and limited to a signed/numbered edition of 60.  They will be availble to purchase from Look Mum No Hands as well as from the AoC Shop after the event.

Until next time: Stay safe friends!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Worst. Service. Ever.

I recently emailed a supplier of a product I am interested in, mentioning that they were recommended by a mutual friend, and providing some very clear details of what I was interested in. I asked a couple of questions about how best to supply artwork and also asked for a quotes for various order quantities. While it contained a few details, my email wasn't overly long, and it expressed some positivity about the prospect of doing business with said supplier.

This is the reply I received:

"Please phone me next tuesday"

Now. Perhaps I am naive about how the industry works and this response is perfectly reasonable; par for the course, even. Perhaps, were I to call on Tuesday, I would be given another set of instructions leading me to a hidden locked box or providing me with a puzzle to solve. Perhaps after a treasure hunt style chain of events I would even be allowed to order the product I am interested in, having proved myself worthy to my secretive supplier.

Or perhaps this is fact the worst customer service I've encountered in a long time. It's impersonal on so many levels. Right from the get-go.

My first response was to laugh incredulously. Really? Then I hit reply and typed, "Nevermind, I'll find someone else." Hit Send.

The lesson to be learned is that if you're running a business and someone takes the time to enquire about your services, how you reply communicates an awful lot about how you might conduct yourself later on in the process. It sets a precident for the level of service a customer should expect. It reassures the customer that they've made the right choice in coming to you, and that you appreciate the enquiry. It might just give you the advantage if they've emailed other suppliers and recived poor responses... like the one above.


Monday, August 01, 2011

ARTCRANK London 2011

I was chuffed into smithereens to be asked to take part in this year's Artcrank London Exhibition.  Artcrank is a poster party for bike people, where you can hang out and chat, drink, view and purchase fantastic, limited edition pieces of art.

I just finished my design and will report back again here once it's printed.

As with last year, the exhibition will be hosted by the awesome Look Mum, No Hands venue.  Last year the atmosphere was great on the opening night, so it's definitely worth a visit.

Incidentally, my wife and I (both fans of outdoor adventuring) completed a run / ride / kayak adventure race this weekend and, clearly bitten by the bug, have now entered a Sprint Triathlon too -- so I'm glad to be riding bikes as well as making art about them.

My print from last year contained a Tour de France reference, and this one is no different - see if you can spot it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Out of Spite XI process & art print

Nice and easy print session.  2 colour, A2, edition of 35.

Midway through the print process I decided do an art print version of the design - super limited edition of only 5!

The main run will be available to purchase at Out of Spite Festival next weekend, happening at The Well, Leeds. (Click here to see the Facebook event).

The art print version is up on the AoC Shop now!


Friday, July 08, 2011

Out of Spite XI

Out of Spite is a long-running weekend music festival held in Leeds and run by friends of mine.  It's sort of become a landmark event within the circles of no-longer-young, UK, 90's punk rockers - of which I am proudly one!  Here's a poster I whipped up to commemorate the event, which I hope to print this weekend in order to have a stack for sale during the fest.


The sweet official poster/flyer design, as used to advertise the event, was designed by a friend of mine, Ben Whittington, and he'll have screenprints of that design also.

Stay tuned for some snaps of my printing process...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Stornoway Silkscreen Concert Poster

I recently designed a poster for alt-folky Oxford lads, Stornoway to commemorate their appearance at London's impressive Somerset House.

I pitched a few sketches for the concept, one of which was the idea that the band might want to have a practice gig using a 'home-made' prop of Somerset House to try and capture the vibe.  The band liked the idea and - with the addition of a few key island/nautical elements - that's what we went with.

Stornoway will be playing at Somerset House this Saturday, 9th July, and the posters will be available form their merch stall.  I should also have a few for sale in the AoC Online Shop soon. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Textbook - Out of My Universe

Textbook are a great three-piece pop-punk band from Chicago and have a new EP out called 'Out of My Universe' which I whipped up the cover for.

One of the band members is a fan of certain long-running, BBC sci-fi series, so there is a little reference to that which you might spot.

The 6 song EP recorded and mixed by Matt Allison (with help from Justin Yates) and availble to purchase online from those agreeable chaps at Boss Tuneage Records for the princely sum of only £3 - you should head here immediately and pick one up!

Textbook are on their way to our inclement shores so UK folk should have a look at their tour dates and swing by to see them if you can. They are lovely lads and would appreciate multiple drinking companions.


Red Robot Media logo design

I recently worked with new start-up Red Robot Media on coming up with a new logo for them and some direction on branding and type.


For a very detailed walkthrough of the design process please head on over to my Behance page. This covers my thinking and rationale behind some of the design choices and also talks about the importance of involving your client in the process.  Hopefully this will be of interest to young designers or potential clients wanting to see more of the process.

If you're interested in hiring me for your design/logo/branding project: get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!


Monday, June 06, 2011

The AoC Guide to Silkscreen Printing


The slides are prepared and I'm actually quite pleased at the way in which they convey the printing process.

All that we need now is an audience to absorb the information and pretty pictures: 'Better Culture' IX, takes place this Tuesday 7th June from 7pm at Stylus, in Leeds University Union. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here.

See you there!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

BettaKultcha IX

BettaKultcha, which I will be henceforth refering to as Better Culture, is a night of presentations given by all kinds of different people on all sorts of different subjects - the interesting thing is that everyone gets 5 minutes to present 20 slides, each of which will be displayed for only 15 seconds.

I will be presenting at the next Leeds event which takes place on Tuesday 7th June from 7pm at Stylus, in Leeds University Union. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here.

"What the hell will you be waffling about?!" you screech to the heavens.  Good question.  My presentation will be titled:

The ARMYofCATS Guide to Silkscreen Printing:
A Better Culture Public Service Presentation

For many readers, I'm sure you have had just about as much screenprinting/silkscreen coverage as you can possibly take. For people such
as yourself who already posses an all too keen understanding of the process, I will attempt to make the presentation mildly entertaining.

Wish me luck, and please come along if you're Leeds-based or nearby. You can see some videos of past presentations here:

Vintage Mail Van

The process went like this:

Watching David Fincher's Zodiak, I spot a great little vintage mail van.

Pause DVD.

Quick sketch in my sketchbook.

Take photo of sketch using iPad.

Upload photo to Dropbox.

Drag into Photoshop.

Create final illustration.



Monday, May 23, 2011

Screenadelica 2011 pt2

A huge thank you to everyone who got involved with Screenadelica, especially Gary for his organisings and a varied cast of other helpers, who will sadly remain un-sung heroes (for now).

I have to say, it was an absolute pleasure to meet so many people genuinely enthused by the work on show, and willing to splash out on a few prints here and there too. As a gigposter artist, in an environment where tastes and trends ebb and flow, it's often easy to feel a little burned out by investing so much time into something where you don't always get what you might feel is a fair return on the work you put it.  For many artists and designers, producing gigposters isn't a wholly commercial venture and is done out of a love for music and the bands they work for. Coming away from an event like this one, however, you are reminded that there is real value in the shared affinity you get when people not only support what you do, but also understand and share the reasons why you do it.

An Australian fella I spoke to shared a simple but quite poignant thought with me. He said that in 20 years time he will very likely not be still wearing a band shirt he purchased at a gig; but he may well still be displaying a framed gigposter on a wall, or at the very least have that poster stored away as part of a larger collection, something perhaps that he may even pass onto his kids someday. This observation is so simple, it's never actually occurred to me before but it makes a lot of sense and provides real encouragement in continuing to design and be involved in the work that I, and other, artists do.

Sincere thanks, Liverpool, you've been a lovely place to visit. See you next time.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Screenadelica 2011

Fellows! I will be in attendance to this here exhibition-slash-selling event which takes place in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Sound City festival.

19th, 20th, and 21st May from 3pm daily at 34 Slater Street (former International/Art Organisation Gallery) (see map here!).


Here is some Official Screenadelica Blurb:

"Screenadelica is a gig poster exhibition, celebrating the art of the screen printed gig poster, held during Liverpool Sound City festival. Playing host to both UK and international artists, Liverpool shall see a wide variety of styles promoting the bands the artists love, inspired by the music they hear. With digital download taking over the music scene, the desire to still own something physical makes the screen printed poster all the more important, driving artists to create pieces of art for each show which encapsulates the music in their eyes. This then means that rather than one artist representing the bands sound, they get a whole range of interpretations of their music thru the screen printed gig poster."

Other artists in attendance include: Luke Drozd, We Three Club, Nick Rhodes, Tiny Little Horse, Michael Cowell, Horse, Paul Rafferty, Craig Robson, & John Biddle.

The gallery space will also have a bar with a specially curated line up of bands and visuals featuring from 8pm each evening, and there will also be live t-shirt printing taking place where you can take away a shirt-based souvenir of the event.

Bonus event!

This happens to be going on at the same time: Ghosts of Birds Gone - "Raising a creative army for conservation through a series of multimedia exhibitions that breathe artistic life back into extinct bird species, celebrating their diversity thru paintings & sculpture, talks & poetry, installations & live music."

More info here: (apologies that's a FB link, I know some people are loathe to have an account...)
As a fan of birds, I also sometimes like to look at pictures of birds, even extinct ones, so I'll probably check this out.

See you in Liverpool then, yeah?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Forgetters poster process

My WYSAS friends and I were pretty excited about putting on the Forgetters from Brooklyn, NY being that it's the new musical outlet for Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker fame. I decided to whip up a very small run of posters to commemorate the gig.

I was inspired by the opening track from their 7", Vampire Lessons, which contains the line, "I need a companion to stalk the night," which brought to my mind the image of a cloaked figure stalking the night. Blake's lyrics are well known for their dark-but-tender leanings, so the idea that this cloaked, devil-like figure might actually be a lonely soul is something I wanted to convey with him protectively cradling a heart.

I wanted to keep things simple and work quickly on this one, so went with a silhouette and floral texture background. Here's the end result:


The printing session went well - I actually think I spent the most time on mixing the inks to get the exact shades I wanted. With simple designs such as this, colour is hugely important. If the blue had been too bright or saturated I think it would have spoiled the mood of the piece.

Here's some snaps of the printing process:

I also put together a flyer/poster to advertise the gig, which obviously has a different purpose and needs to contain more information than a poster designed as a memento, but fortunately I was able to tie the two designs together:


The gig itself was great, I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks to everyone who attended, the other bands who played, and the soundman for doing a spot on job of making it all sound sweet.

As mentioned, this is a super-limited run and they are now available in the shop: