By Ruth Rowland
I was commissioned to develop the lettering, working with a range of different marker pens, then scanning and fitting the script to a photo of the head. The script was built up gradually in layers, until the final image was approved by the designer.
It's surprisingly tricky to keep the script looking raw and not overworked - this vernacular lettering is influenced more by Outsider Art and hand drawn ephemeral signage than by traditional calligraphy.
The designer sent over images of the scrawled graffiti on Jim Morrison's grave and the Abbey Road sign as the inspiration for the piece - the fumes from the markers probably helped a little too ...