Here's the second in the new canned line – Dark Star Revelation, which I was really happy about it was one of the brews that I'd designed the pump clip for a few years back. With this came it's own challenges, namely that apparently people love the clip so much that they didn't want to move too far away from it at first. But when showed the guys and gals at Dark Star my concept for reinventing Revelation in cans with nods back to the clip graphics, they were really happy to embrace the new art direction.
So we've still got stained glass but with a lot more detail and hop-worshipping! I've really tried to get across the feeling of the light coming through the clouds and bursting out of the stained glass. The inscription across the central panel of the stained glass window is 'Pro amore humulus' which, as I'm sure you've worked out, is about as close as you can get to 'For the love of hops'. Continuing the ecclesiastical theme round the back we've got a couple of cute little cherubs helping out with the brew, based of course on my own little angels(more like devils actually!)
Hopefully number three is coming later this year, and I've already done concepts for a couple of them so it'll be a case of waiting to see which brew Dark Star choose to release for their next run.
Here are some close ups:
It's official after months of secrecy I can finally reveal the artwork for the new Dark Star American Pale Ale (APA) in cans! Dark Star came to me and asked if I could create something extra special for their new adventure into the world of canned beers – I know that some fans will recoil at talk of artisan beer in a can, but Dark Star assure me that there is good reason for canned beers – no light gets in to spoil the beer, they are safer to take out on picnics and of course they look awesome!
My idea was to bring in all the classic american imagery that we've grown to love, and then turn it on it's head Dark Star style! So it's all about the hops!
This was the first can artwork I'v done and the print process is crazy complex with reverse trapping all over the place so I had to dial down the detail that I'm used to working with but we think we've pushed the limits of the process to get the best out of the can, hope you all like it too.
This is just the first of three so watch this space for more
Here are some close ups:
That time of year has arrived when Dark Star set about letting all you hop heads know what their line up for next year is going to be. Once again I was invited to create the Tasting Notes, with this years theme being Leonardo Da Vinci!
Here's my hand drawn (and some Wacom drawn) offering. Each quarter there is a new A6 insert containing the upcoming monthly specials. I even managed to get them to emboss the wax seal so it's all nice and touchy feely!
Some more work I did a while back for Dark Star labelled special edition bottled ales.
We wanted to highlight the playful nature of the company along side their artisan brewing. Big hops providing a textural backdrop for some fun lettering.
This was some work I did a while back for Dark Star, They wanted some Dark Star special edition bottle labels for a new release.
We wanted to highlight the playful nature of the company along side their artisan brewing. This one was concentrating the handmade aspect of the ale of course not forgetting the hops!
Back before christmas Dark Star Brewing Co asked me to help them with their 2012 tasting notes. The brief was slim, but they didn't want to influence it too much, other than a suggestion of 70s prog rock album art.
After a lot of research and concept sketching, I came up with a heavily stylised illustrated front cover with hops of course being the over riding theme, and then went all 'alternative reality' on the inside with floating hop islands, a la Avatar, rivers of beer and a tear in the fabric of time/space.
Glad to see the finished product looks great and has been finished really nicely. Check them out in a good pub near you or at the Dark Star Brewery shop. Also keep your eyes peeled for a limited edition print run in the future, I'll obviously let you know about it here first.