Illustrated Tapes 059: Moving On

Curated by Ewan Brock
11.04.20

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Sequenced playlist, made to be played in order.

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Ewan is a digital designer/doodler from Stoke-on-Trent, currently based in Nantwich, UK.

Heya Ewan! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Sure thing! My mixtape is dedicated to heartbreak, self discovery and the hero's journey.

I'm currently on mine. I'm still figuring all of this stuff out. But I'm learning so much about myself along the way. It's scary, super SUPER scary - but all of these tracks kept me company during the highs and lows and remind me that I'm not alone.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I honestly wanted to just goof around with this piece. A lot of my stuff features lots of characters so this time I wanted to experiment and play around with the background. I failed miserably as soon as I decided to draw a dumb face on that dumb mountain.

I usually rough things out on a post-it note and then jump straight into illustrator and get cracking. I live streamed some of the creation of this illustration and I’m hoping to do more of that in the future on my Twitch channel.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

It's hard to choose because I enjoy a lot of stuff. In terms of good album artwork I don't think you can beat any Gorrilaz release. I'll always remember the first Gorillaz album. That artwork was just so clean and impactful.

Gorillaz ‎– Gorillaz   
2001, Parlophone
Artwork: Jamie Hewlett / Zombie Flesh Eaters


I used to listen to a lot of Reuben when I was in my teens and I still think they have some of the best album artwork around - only made better when I discovered that the guitarist/singer for the group (Jaime Lenman) is an illustrator and would make the artwork himself.


Reuben – Racecar is Racecar Backwards
2004, Xtra Mile Recordings
Artwork: Jamie Lenman

A close friend of mine recently introduced me to Jack Stauber’s Micropop recently. The artwork speaks for itself. It’s amazing. 10/10. We’ll never do better than this people. We might as well retire.


Jack Stauber’s Micropop – “Inchman” / “Two Time” [single] 
2019, Self-published
Artwork: Jack Stauber

What did you listen to growing up?

Hahaha! I used to be one of those skater types wearing his backwards cap with my big chain dangling off of my MASSIVE oversized jeans. I would exclusively listen to Blink-182, Sum 41, Limp Bizkit and Korn. I then got a little older and a little wiser and moved onto amazing British bands like Reuben, Biffy Clyro, Hundred Reasons and Million Dead.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Right now I'm listening to a lot of JPEGMAFIA, Bill Ryder-Jones and Porches. That latest Porches album is utterly incredible. Please everyone stop reading this and go listen to it.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

At the moment I'm currently doing another stint on videogame Dead End Job. I made all of the background artwork and environments a year or so ago. Not sure how much I'm allowed to say about the current phase  - so I'll keep it all hush hush... but there's more stuff coming!

Where can we find you?

Come find me over on my Twitter or Instagram. Or if you ever feel like having your ears soothed by my dulcet tones you can listen to my podcast Freelance as F (a very light hearted chit chat about being self employed/freelance).

Thanks Ewan!

Mark