Marc Bessant

graphic art and design studio@marcbessant.com

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.

Rock Paper Scissors on the road

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It’s been a frantic few weeks making posters, merchandise, tour books, various other printed matter (and even a small contribution to making the screen-video with the good folks at the RCA) but the Peter Gabriel & Sting North America Tour is now off and rolling…

and breathe….

Chick Corea 75th Birthday bash at the Blue Note, NYC

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Should be quite a few weeks for jazz-fans at the Blue Note, NYC come October/November when Chick Corea celebrates his 75th birthday with a number of shows there – what a line-up. I’ve worked with Chick for some time now, and was very pleased to be asked to do the poster for the event (above). Happy Birthday Mr C.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

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End of December 2015 I was asked to design the poster/tour id for a forthcoming number of shows from Peter Gabriel and Sting; this would see the two of them on stage singing apart, together and each others songs – all done with a healthy dose of playful competition, hence the shows title ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’.

First day back 2016 and I’m sat between the pair of them showing some ideas, some of which you can see above (along with the eventual choice). So they were in the poster without being on the poster, both Peter and Sting had their hands photographed in all the various combatative combinations the ‘R,P,S’ throws up. Peter wanted something playful, Sting wanted something Bold, and after a number of iterations a conclusion was reached that satisfied all. Bold Neue Haas Grotesk typeface and red half-toned pictures, simply does it.

Presenting Shakespeare: 1’100 Posters from around the World

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Very pleased to have had two posters of mine (Much Ado About Nothing & A Midsummer Nights Dream) published in the book ‘Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, which is co-authored by Steven Heller and New York-based design studio Mirko Ilic. The book is published by Princeton Architectural Press, and contains around 1,100 posters from 56 countries around the world. It is going to be available for sale on September 29, 2015. More images at Mirko‘s site.

‘DUEL – Devil On Wheels’ Documentary Poster

Artwork, design, film, fun with drawing and colouring-in, posters


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A couple of months ago I was contacted by one of the film-makers for an upcoming documentary ‘The Devil on Wheels’ which is based on and around the making of Steven Spielberg’s classic film ‘Duel’. Now, I love this film, always have, ‘Duel’ must have been one of the very first ‘horror’ films I saw and I was immediately taken by the thrill of it; So at first I was a little hesitant when asked if I would contribute a poster (along with others) to commemorate and help promote the feature. There are already some wonderful ‘Duel’ posters out there, both from the time and recent reboots, but mostly all centre on the truck (perhaps rightly so) but to me ‘Duel’ was always more than just this, here was a play on cruelty, one creatures determination to catch and kill another, seemingly for no other reason than because it could. I saw the truck as this great big rust-coloured snake winding along the parched Californian roads looking for its next meal, so that was the poster I did and very happy I am with it too.

A Midsummer Night’s Poster

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As well as designing during the day, on the odd occasion I like to spend my spare time doing the exactly the same (tragic, i know), such was the case with the above poster for a neighbouring town’s drama society version of old Bill’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. I love the theatre and have a fair-liking for a poster, which, altogether made for a most pleasant evenings work…

INVADA present ‘APOCATASTASIS’

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With the supposed Mayan apocalypse prophecy due only 48 hrs later, this sequence of  posters for the forthcoming INVADA records super-gig – ‘APOCATASTASIS’ (meaning ‘restoration to the original or primordial condition’) will be doing the rounds online/in print over the coming weeks. Dramatic NASA shots of a solar eclipse and some tight type would look smart on the wall of any underground bunker. Should be a great night as there are some fantastic bands/players in attendance, and according to some, it may be one of the last gigs on this rock, further info over at invada.co.uk

The Birthday Party

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Heres a recently finished poster for a local Dramatic Society production of Harold Pinters The Birthday Party; A powerful play about Stanley Webber, an erstwhile (and bespectacled) piano player, who lives in a rundown, English seaside-town boarding house, run by Meg and Petey Boles. Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him, turn Stanley’s apparently innocuous birthday party organized by Meg into a living nightmare. A mindbender of a play that’s well worth a read.