Writing the Diatribe

A lot of my art happens behind the scenes these days. I’m often working with Stone Letter Media to create videos for external clients so my art comes into use really well for prop making.

I’ve made a distressed cloth blindfold for [the project fell through but it might happen in another form]. This involved me spending time on the beach in the rain undoing all my hard work by trashing the cloth using the natural abrasive materials I could find there.

Meanwhile, I’ve been making some creepy willow masks for [can’t tell you yet] to feature in a video for release 2019. I have some other props I’m thinking of making with the excess willow but I’m still formulating how to go about that at the moment.

With so many things I have to keep under wraps what can I share? Well, recently I was asked to create some lettering for the latest Malum Sky official lyric video release Diatribe. After working my way through several designs we settled on this. Working in capitals felt more forceful than working in mixed case or lower case. The emphasis was enhanced by going over the lettering several times to create a shaky, unstable, more angry look. The pacing on the page had to be right too so that it would be easier to port across to digital. All these handwritten words and phrases then needed to be scanned into the computer and all traces of the background paper carefully photoshopped out.

Yes it would have been a lot less arduous to create/use a standard font but I really wanted the words in this lyric video to feel more cranky, with more life and aggression. There needed to be enough similarity between the letters to be a recognisable motif for the song but with enough subtle differences for it to stay interesting throughout. Malum Sky’s Diatribe is more gritty and personal this way, more focused and directed at the viewer.

Don’t take my word for it. Have a look yourself over on YouTube by clicking HERE.


13 Bad Pennies

I’ve been asked to make some ‘bad pennies’. The figurative and historical meanings of the phrase could be considered but instead I wondered about what would it mean for a penny to have a bad personality all of its own.

These grotesque clay faces are more akin to gargoyles. Each Bad Penny is based on the largest British coin in common use – the £2 coin, so are no more than 3cm diameter. On the reverse of each Bad Penny is imprinted a reversed reverse side of the £2 coin. This continuous reversal of fortunes means each Bad Penny is destined to constantly return to its own miserable fate.

Three Bad Pennies have been selected at random for showing with CollectConnect  in London for some time in 2019. More on this will be announced soon. The fate of the remaining ten Bad Pennies remains to be determined. Some may encounter damage, be lost, or find themselves showing at other exhibitions. Either way, as these freaks of misfortune vacate the studio they will not be missed. For these 13 Bad Pennies there is no welcome return.