The Circus of Astonishment was a new brand sponsored area for Lost Village Festival 2018, with its focal point being Hells Parlour, a bar sponsored by Camden Town Brewery
As such The Circus was a particularly important new area for the festival, my brief centred not only around designing and painting the pieces that made up the area but making sure that in doing so I had created something within brand for Lost Village and that successfully displayed the Camden Town Brewery content.
The area was also home to a number of performances and interactive exhibitions, several of the final mural/facades were designed for specific use within these productions, such as that of Dr. Heller the Magician or Madame Perdu the Psychic
Cloud Nine Decor did all the decor for the festival as they have done since its inception, working alongside them is always a pleasure and the combination of my work and their talent really made this whole project come together perfectly
The final body of work was a total of Six 4.5m x 4.5m mural/facades, Three 3m billboards and Fifteen 1m signs
Here you can see the pieces slowly coming together, after the sketch work comes the digital mock ups and conceptual pieces, once the client has signed off on these I can then move onto the final pieces, drafting in chalk and painting in mostly acrylic. The final part of the process is to distress the pieces, the brief called for a particularly worn, well lived aesthetic and this was achieved by using a number of techniques from wet sanding to applying dirt washes. This was a more narrative element of the work, imagining the pieces picking up wear and tear as the years wore on and then creating that in a way that told these stories subconsciously.
Some of the more illustration heavy elements of the work were over 3m in size, and while the aesthetic called for a simpler retro horror style, this was still a new hurdle for me as an artist. The final pieces really nailed what we wanted for the work, and brought a sense of lived history to the area.
As an illustrator it is great to have a brief that pushes you to new areas of your work, unexplored challenges really make for an interesting project. This project really provided an opportunity to work on some new skills, not only techniques for creating the pieces, but also my ability to handle complex briefs. The final work was large in scale and the lessons learned are reflected by that.