Marc Bessant

graphic art and design studio@marcbessant.com

John Metcalfe – Absense

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Its always a pleasure working with John Metcalfe, not only do I get to hear his music but its great to work with someone who understands the important connection between sounds and pictures and how they can compliment each other. This from Johns website about his new release ‘Absence’ > ‘What is it to be human? What unites us across time and continents and blood? Many have sought answers to such fundamental questions by examining sorrow and loss, death being a constant faced by us all. Many artists have used grief as a muse, searching for meaning in how we deal with what we lose and our capacity to overcome tragedy. Absence delivers a thoughtful and ultimately uplifting rumination on what death leaves behind, and how we come to terms with it.’ Couldn’t have put it better myself. The image on the front is a treated screen-grab from old black and white footage of a ballroom dance; eyes, smiles and relationships long gone, a ghost of a dance, the joy and the sorrow.

CMYK on uncoated with spot metallic typography

Josh Wynter – Liminality

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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

WOMAD Festival Cáceres poster 2018. 

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WOMAD are a client I have worked with for some time now, with music festivals all over the world.

This poster for one that takes place annually in the beautiful medieval walled city of Cáceres.

Woodblock print and bright primary colours keeping it craft-y and buoyant – just like the event itself.

The Handmaid’s Tale

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LP design for Adam Taylor’s original soundtrack to the Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

12″ Sleeve / Insert / Vinyl

 

War Machine

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LP Design for Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ original score to the Netflix Original film ‘War Machine’.

Gatefold sleeve and coloured vinyl for Invada/Lakeshore Records.

Michael Head & The Red elastic Band

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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

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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

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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.

Chick Corea – The Musician LP

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Design for Chick Corea’s ‘The Musician’, a triple LP of recordings from the 2016 Month-long residency at the New York Blue Note Club (see previous poster post) featuring just about everyone who’s anyone in Jazz.