Scouring my hard drive for something, I came across the bones of this design which I made back in 2019.
I’d pitched it to a band as a gigposter but they didn’t feel it was the right fit. A few weeks later I changed the text and pitched it to a different band. They didn’t really like it either.
I can understand it in this case, some bands are expecting to see something that represents their music, perhaps with flattering lyrical references… and they are disappointed when you present your take on IKEA bed sheets.
Some artists are great at pattern design – for me it’s never really taken off! The thing is, suddenly finding it over a year later, I still quite like it!
So I’ll just use it for myself by starting a new band for artists and graphic designers. Rejected Shapes. Songs about client rejection and endless revisions. You can join if that resonates, just let me know what instrument you’re playing!
The first poster I did for Public Service Broadcasting back in 2015 sold out very quickly and over the years since then I’ve had fairly regular messages from people asking if there would ever be a reprint.
Well, here it is. A new set of colours and marked as a 2nd Edition, this is available for pre-order in the PSB shop until Friday 20th Nov, I believe.
Thanks very much to the band for being into the idea of us relaunching this one, it’s always been one of my favourites and I’m really pleased with the new colours.
I printed the first edition myself (video of that here) but I’m entrusting this 2nd run to the super-capable hands of Tommy over at Prints of Thieves. Can’t wait to see how they turn out and for fans of the band to get their hands on them.
It’s always a cool feeling to hold something featuring your logo or design work but this is the first time I’ve had my work on a game like this – I have to say the overall package is very, very satisfying.
The game is designed and wonderfully illustrated by Haakon Hoel Gaarder and sees you as a founder of a new village during the middle ages, in the years following a great plague.
There is a solo mode but I haven’t quite had the time to delve into it properly yet. I’m still in the stage of admiring all the cards and pieces and playing Scrooge McDuck with the coins.
I do play board games from time to time (currently in the middle of the Tainted Grail campaign) but haven’t been able to meet with the guys I play with for a number of months due to the pandemic. At some point we’ll hopefully be able to try out Villagers and see how we get on.
The owner of the setup, CheekiSkrub, has done a very nice job! You can watch the video here.
I regularly get messages about whether these posters are still available. They have long since sold out and while I’d love to hook people up who are trying to track them down, unfortunately that’s the nature of limited editions!
I work with the band to produce this kind of work, so I can’t just bash out reprints without their permission. That said, there has been some talk of doing a reprint of the very first poster in different colours… we’ll see; watch this space.
Well, by way of an update since last time, there were a whole host of spanners in the works when it came to the rest of the merch production but I’m happy to say we got there in the end and shipping has been in full swing for a few weeks.
The external stresses & general bullshittery has still been a source of anxiety but I’ve actually found some solace in my new life of tubes and packing materials.
It’s satisfying to carefully package these up and send them on their way to new homes. And I have to say the emails and messages from happy recipients have been really appreciated — there’s a lovely sense of community around the HPL Literary Podcast and the patience and goodwill of such folk is refreshing in our instant gratification Amazon era.
If you haven’t received a shipping notification yet, apologies and thanks for bearing with me. My collection of Old Ones is keeping several eyes on production so I’m sure I’ll get to your order soon…
I recently picked up the finished HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast 10th Anniversary Screenprints.
It’s always a thrill seeing the final printed product after designing something on the screen, even when I do the screenprinting myself. I have to say, my good buddy Tommy at Prints of Thieves has absolutely excelled himself – these turned out beautifully! The colour matching, the detail, and the sharpness of the print are just spot on.
The other items should be here soon and the pre-orders will begin shipping straight away. Thanks so much for people’s support and patience with this project, I can’t wait for you to see them in person.
One of my favourite podcasts has been going for ten years. I’ve been a listener since the first episode and have got to know the hosts a little, having done some artwork for a ‘Live in Leeds’ show many moons ago.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, I worked with Chad & Chris in creating some artwork and other fine wares: a limited-edition screenprinted poster, plus tshirt and tote bag designs, which are all available for purchase here.
As the pre-order window is about to close and these will soon be sent off to print (by the super handsome and talented Prints of Thieves), I’ve been getting the artwork print-ready and thought it might be nice to share some of that process.
The artwork was done as a digital painting initially. It takes a little bit of work to convert the mess of a Photoshop file – with all it’s layers, and masks, and effects – into something that’s ready for screenprinting.
Here’s a little animation of the poster artwork now it’s been colour separated, showing how it will be printed in four layers of magical ink:
And as an added bonus, here’s the presentation of ideas which I sent the guys for their input, along with the original sketches from my trusty FIELD NOTES notebook.
I’ll update again with some images of the final products. Until then, stay safe and watch the stars…