Marc Bessant

graphic art and design studio@marcbessant.com

WOMAD Festival UK 2019

Artwork, design, Graphic Design


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It had been a while since I had designed anything for WOMAD in the UK so it was very nice to be asked to come up with the face of this years Charlton Park event. One of the many things I’ve always associated WOMAD festivals with is its closeness to nature, and in particular how we – human beings – take time away from our busy urban lives and jump feet first into it – quite literally wondering amongst fields and woodlands for hours, allowing our senses to stretch. Coupled with the continuous discovery and eclectic mix of music and events encountered at WOMAD, I was keen to create a naturally psychedelic looking piece of work. My original sketch was of illustrated leaves and grasses weaving in and out and through the letters, I really wanted it to look fun, encompassing and boisterous but something wasn’t quite right; being surrounded and entwined with nature was the correct approach but currently it just wasn’t different or colourful enough, it had to be more vivid and, ultimately, fascinating. I had to think bigger, well, actually smaller, much much smaller.
I was familiar with the electron microscopy of Steve Gschmeissner, having worked with him before on a Peter Gabriel record, and he’s incredible at what he does (see his website www.theworldcloseup.com) and the images he manages to photograph never cease to amaze me; I contacted Steve with an idea and Steve set about micrographing, and raiding his archive for, various indiginous flower and grass seeds, which were then cut out and falsely coloured (originally they are grey tones) before finally getting digitally scattered amidst the typography to complete the piece.
Printed by Taylor Bothers in Bristol, the souvenir programme turned out really well and it was a pleasure to see it being read by so many at the festival last weekend.

Open book jacket
Lazing in the sun

Elizabeth Harvest

Artwork, Graphic Design, Music, Soundtrack


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LP design for Rachel Zeffira’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the Sebastian Gutierrez film ‘Elizabeth Harvest’.

Utilising images from the film key-art and on-set stills to put the Invada Records LP package together. Sleeve, insert and transparent vinyl.

Josh Wynter – Liminality

Artwork, design, Music, Photography, Uncategorized


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I was approached by award-winning composer Josh Wynter to create the cover art for his new digital album ‘Liminality’. Josh was keen to present his music in the ‘contemporary classical / alternative’ sphere whilst giving a nod to an organic, natural palette. On listening I could see why, cinematic strokes and delicate details, his music certainly makes good pictures. We were keen to explore the ‘space in-between’ or portals between worlds, we looked at reflections and geometric shapes in various environments until eventually settling on a photograph I took at Morte Hoe in Devon, UK a couple of years ago; The palette really worked, the drama and the beauty was apparent and so I set about slicing the image up in order to mirror different sections, it had to look wrong (in a good way) but also intriguing, like something super-natural that may have always been there, something photo/graphic. We worked on lots of versions but when this one came along it just felt right.

Joshs music can be heard on various TV/Film and over at https://www.joshwynter.com

Michael Head & The Red elastic Band

Artwork, design, Music, posters


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I don’t do as many gig-posters as I used to, so I was very happy when asked to do two new posters for two upcoming gigs from Michael Head. Really enjoyed doing these too, must do more (if only I were asked)!

Tickets > violetterecords.com/tickets/ Posters available at the gig

Prevenge Poster

Artwork, design, movies, posters


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I was just reading how the film ‘Prevenge’ was released one year ago so thought I would share a poster that I put together at the time. There was never any intention for it to be used, just a bit of fun really, ‘fan-art’ one might say.

‘Prevenge’ Original Soundtrack by Toydrum

Artwork, design, film, Music


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‘Prevenge’ – A pitch black, wryly British comedy, which follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. (And if you watch close enough you might even catch a glimpse of yours truly). The music is great, as one would expect from Toydrum, so I was very happy to take on the sleeve design. The idea was to have a record that looked maniacally vandalised so I took the assets and scratched, drew and generally treated them without care. The inner-gatefold are pages from Ruth’s ‘kill book’ which appears in the film, all ripped, crushed and presented for your pleasure. Go see the film, Alice (Lowe) is a real talent (and a lovely person) then go buy the soundtrack, you won’t be disappointed.

Charlotte Hatherley – True Love LP

Artwork, design, Music


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Design for Charlotte Hatherley’s new album ‘True Love’. A very Tarkovsky inspired bit of sci-fi realism for this Gatefold sleeve (with coloured vinyl) utilising stills from Charlottes latest video.  More about Charlotte Hatherley here

Peter Gabriel Vinyl Soundtracks

Artwork, design, Music


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Continuing with the remastered to vinyl re-releases of Peter Gabriel’s albums come three of his soundtracks – ‘Passion – Music to The Last Temptation of Christ’, ‘Birdy’, and ‘Long Walk Home’. Once again I reverse engineered the original, existing albums – rescanning, cleaning, going back to original sources to get visual assets as good as possible for all parts.