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  KRUSHER'S 2009 DESIGNS

My first design work of 2009 was to do a flyer for my rock night at The Embassy Club.

This was a relatively easy job as I already had the basic elements required, which were my ‘KRUSHER’ logo that I’d done back in 2005, and the front of a wedding invitation that I’d designed for Kerrang! journalist Xavier Russell, way back in 1987.

The only trouble was that I needed someone who was a master Photoshop wizard to help me put the damned thing together, as the cut and paste of 2009 was a completely different cut and paste to the one that I was used to from the 1980’s.

Step forward one Richard Norman, one of my oldest and best friends from Goldsmiths Art College days, which we both attended from 1972 -1975, studying fine art. Dick got his Bachelor of Arts degree, and I failed mine. Damn you Goldsmith’s! Damn you to Hell!!! Haaaaaargh!!!

Anyway Dick had mastered Photoshop, and agreed to help. In fact he would play a very important role in nearly every design that I would do in 2009. Dick I salute you.

We did four designs for the club, three of which were used as flyers and one which was for internet use.

Through my rock night at The Embassy came my first commission for a logo, from the band Raw Glory who had played there on the 23rd of March. You can check out reviews and pics in the archive section of the website, under Embassy Club.

I scuttled over to Dick’s and we knocked out a few designs which were emailed to lead guitarist Cosmo, who had other ideas.

In fact he had a pretty strong image of what he wanted, which involved crossed swords, helmets and anything with a Scottish feel. Me and Dick went to work and came up with the first idea and over a period of months with a little tweaking here, a little fattening of the swords there, and of course the obligatory skull, the finished logo fell into place, and the band gave their approval and are now using it.

Click here for www.rawglory.co.uk.

The next job at the start of April came completely out of the blue, when I received an email from my old friend, Skin guitarist Myke Gray, who told me that the band were reforming and was wondering if I still had a hand in designing logos? I replied, telling him that apart from some logo and t-shirt designs that I’d done for myself, I hadn’t done fooook all in years, but would be more than willing to give it a try.

Once more I headed over to Dick’s house, where we did several designs, which I then emailed to Myke. If this had been done in the ‘80’s, I’d have had to do a series of roughs, arrange a meeting, go and do the changes, arrange another meeting, probably have to go and do more changes, until finally we arrived at the finished product. Thank Beelzebub for the internet!

Myke emailed me back, saying that he liked the designs, but was looking for something a little less colourful, more font based, and had a twist to it, especially as its first use would be for a t-shirt for the forthcoming re-union shows. He mentioned the NIN and KISS logo’s.

I gave Myke a call and discussed details with him and almost immediately after putting the phone down the idea of the backward N came to me and how it could be dropped on its side to make an S, which could then be used to make a square. I quickly banged out a rough the old fashioned way, using pen and paper.

I took the idea to Dick and once again we hit Photoshop and over a period of time came out with the logo you see opposite, and the variations on it.

Myke and the band all gave it the thumbs up, but sadly in the end, for various reasons, the band decided to stick with the logo that they had previously used in the ‘90’s.

Ah well, you can’t skin ‘em all! Haaaaaargh!!!!

Click here for www.skinfreak.co.uk.

Next, came The Whybirds, another band that I’d booked to play The Embassy after seeing them support The Quireboys at the Kentish Town Forum, December, 2008.

When they played the club I asked them if they would be interested in me having a go at designing a logo for them, no strings attached. If they liked what I did, we’d develop it, if they didn’t, c’est la vie.

I approached this one the olde fashioned way, with pen and paper, which I then scanned into the computer, tidied up a little and then distorted it in Photoshop, threw in a few colourful bits, and sent it off to the band, who gave it the thumbs up.

However due to my sorry, lazy arse I’ve never finished the project, although I’m hoping to at least design them a t-shirt sometime this year.

Sometime during the last few months of 2008, I was invited to go and watch, Jimmy And The Destroyers, Magna Saga and Bleech at The Worlds End, Camden.

Jimmy And The Destroyers had caught my attention via the internet, and I really wanted to check them out. They did not disappoint! I hope to be working with them this year. Fuck it!!! I WILL BE working with them this year!!!

But a band that I’d heard nothing about were Magna Saga, and after The Destroyers had played, I was ready to trot off home, but some kind person at the bar offered to buy me a drink, which, I of course accepted. As we supped away, shooting the breeze, he told me that I should stick around to see Magna Saga, so I did, and fooook me, am I glad I did. They blew me away.

The closest thing that I could describe them too, was when I saw Kyuss at the Borderline, many, many moons ago. After the show, I was introduced to the band and we swapped numbers. The rest as they say is history.

We kept in contact and they told me that they were working on recordinging an E.P., and I said that I’d be very interested in having a go at doing the cover. It was going to be called ‘The Fox’.

I checked out a few fox images on Google, and after a meeting with Tom and Jon from the band, it was decided that I’d have a go at bastardizing, plagiarising, stealing... cough, a couple of images that we all liked, and see what happened.

The first image was an illustration for the Aesop Fable ‘The Fox and the Crow’, by one of my all time favourite illustrators Arthur Rackham. The other was a water colour entitled ‘Brer Fox, Lost In Thought’, by 70 year old US artist Barry Moser.

My first attempt was a bit of a tongue in cheek variation on the Arthur Rackham illustration, especially the crow smoking the spliff, but eventually we got there, and as we speak it’s now available to purchase at their shows, or download from the Magna Saga MySpace site.

I also had an attempt at a logo for them, but in the end they stuck with the one that they already had, but I’ve included it here for you to have a butchers at.

Then out of the blue, my manager Mr G asked me if I’d be up for doing a design to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

The first attempt was pretty much a what you see is what you get attempt. Then I did a couple of variations including the Union Jack guitars and finally I decided that I would use the typeface that I’d originally designed for the KERRANG! logo way back in 1981, when the NWOBHM was in full swing.

I was very pleased with the final result. It’s what I call stylish!

Another friend who got in contact asking if I’d knock a logo out was my olde mucker Eddie Marsh. Sadly his fine band Gripshift had stalled, and he was now getting another band together under the name of Burn Thy Enemy. This one just flowed, and it didn’t take long until myself and Dick had it in the bag.

I’ve also included one that they didn’t use, but that I did all by myself on Photoshop, having picked up a trick or two from looking over Dick’s shoulder, and having attended a Photoshop course earlier in the year.

Finally, I got a call late in the year from my favourite madman Wurzel, who informed me that he was getting a band together that would be going under the moniker of Leader Of Down.

I bashed out a very quick idea, which we all decided wasn’t much cop, but as it was part of my 2009 output I’ve included it here. This one like The Whybirds, is a work in progress, and will hopefully be completed very soon.

And that dear droogies was my artistic output for 2009. Although I did manage to sketch an arsechicken, sadly I can’t find it!!! Haaaaaargh!!!

* It's sitting proudly on my wall where it has been since a very drunken November night! - Mr G *

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