The Lampshade is not a Past Tense (Full Version of Final Artwork)
Despite all the bad things happening in my life right now, one of the brightest moments in recent times involved the opportunity to colloborate with the truly awesome cassette label, The Tapeworm. Several months ago a mysterious Wyrm asked if I'd would do the cover illustration for a cassette by the London-based trio Baraclough. Naturally, I accepted without hesitation!
Although I listened to some of Baraclough's work on their myspace page as well as on their Hello Animal CD, I was instructed to illustrate this cover without listening to the contents of the release. I was given the title of the release, The Lampshade is not a Past Tense as well as the titles of the songs on it ("Fire Exit Interior", "Your Physical Health" and "What We Did and Didn't"). I love an artistic exercise and so I spent time letting these words and phrases rattle around in my head before I set pen to paper. As the titles were given to me over the telephone and I didn't write anything down, I slowly forgot bits of them. Fragments like "health", "fire", "lampshade" and "past tense" lingered, and I always remained aware of one glorious fact: the lampshade is not a past tense!
After a lot of procrastinating, all of a sudden I drew like mad and found myself with five different possible covers. I submitted all of them to the Wyrm, who reviewed them with the band.
This is the one that The Tapeworm and Baraclough chose for the actual release cover art. It is presented here in its full format, whilst the version on the cassette sleeve crops it down to focus on the lamp. I was additionally flattered that The Tapeworm chose to put a small version of the lamp's eye on the actual plastic body of the cassette itself!
Over the next few days, I'll post the rest of the images from this set, which could easily be the actual cover art if you were to purchase this fine release in an alternate dimension.
For more details on Baraclough's The Lampshade is not a Past Tense, follow the wyrm... www.tapeworm.org.uk/ttw09.html