Collaboration With Passion
Jacky started to work at the Molinare Post Production Studio, and I started to help her with graphics and advertising.
Unfortunately I seem to have lost all my artworks from the Molinare time. In 1984 I designed the Spandau Ballet calendar for 1985, and started to work for Chrysalis Records on a freelance basis.
I also worked for Frank Brunger who set up a Computer Games marketing company, called Ariola Soft. The first games I worked on were, Raid On Bungeling Bay and Marble Madness, followed by dozens of others!
Again I seem to have mislaid all the designs which included huge posters and many adverts etc. I had taken my second desk space, in Floral Street, Covent Garden. This was on the 3rd floor as I recall, above a successful design group.
From here I would visit record companies and have meetings with clients. We had typesetting on the premises and good illustrators at hand, in the agency below.
My old friend from Graphic Arts Cambridge, Gordon Hurden was based nearby. The Lamb and Flag pub was next door and I became a regular with some other fellow studio workers.
They even put a name plaque on the bar for Stephen Moore and myself! Simon Valley at Virgin Records gave me a few projects, and one of them was an album for a new signing, Endgames.
The title was Building Beauty and I chose Jay Myrdal to do the photography. He would create quite a stir, as he went everywhere on a unicycle!
For my concept we needed a bodybuilder and a beautiful girl model, and a swimming pool! Jay and I went together to look at all sorts of private pools. Nothing was right, and out of desperation, I decided to book the Tooting Bec Lido!
This swimming pool was the largest outdoor pool in England, and perfect for the shoot. My Maisonette in Tooting came in handy as we needed a base nearby to organise things from.
We had to apply really thick paste to the bodybuilder, who I knew from The Weider shop in Covent Garden. We then travelled to the swimming pool and applied a last coat of paste, to make him look like a stone sculpture.
The girl sculptress model was stunning, and I had to go shopping with her first, for swimsuits and props. She chose the most expensive swimsuit she could find, and there was no chance I would ask for it back after use!
The day was incredibly hot and the shoot went well. Afterwards we all went for a well earned swim in the lido!
When the photos were chosen, the prints were made at The Ugly Duck photography lab in Soho. I had continued a working relationship with the owner Paul Manley since the Jubilee Graphics days.
All my film processing and colour prints and small bits of product photography were done at The Ugly Duck. The extra group photography was taken by Jamie Morgan in his studio in the west end, and used for the 7” and 12” singles, and shaped picture disc.
Sometime in 1984 I met Derek Boulton a music Impresario, Producer and Manager! Derek needed a new logo designed for his record label Horatio Nelson Records. This was to be the 2nd time I drew Horatio Nelson!
A truly memorable experience with Derek, was visiting Vera Lynn at home in Sussex. Derek decided to drive there from Victoria in London, where he lived whilst in England. As we approached his car which was a beaten-up Cortina, Derek announced “I don’t keep money on the road!”