The Grindstone is for Metal

Hello Grinders,

Grindstone Art is a one-person design studio in the darkest recesses of Sheffield’s industrial district, amongst factories, workshops & machines. This city is a perfect breeding ground for the alienation, darkness & noise which drive us to scream in the night, the fuel for Metal drips from every leaking pipe & overflowing storm drain. Chain-link, barbed wire & spiked fence fortresses are the whole world in this Metal prison. It is little wonder the mind seeks solace in violent sounds. In this solace, we find Grindstone Art.

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I’ve been illustrating for many years now & will be gradually updating this blog with old stuff as well as adding new work under the Grindstone Art label. I have a current project for Wakefield band Hamerex & will be seeking new projects soon.

I work in a range of styles & love experimenting with methods, processes & materials. I regularly combine digital & traditional media, using inks, paints, photography & sculpture to create unique images.

I’ll occasionally review pieces of album or music-related art that catch my eye, & comment on things like the compositions, colour schemes, typography & other elements, so I can develop my own eye for these & so you get some idea how I think. I have a lot of old favourites so I’ll never be short of material. There are some fantastic artists popping up even now, when album art seems to feel obsolete too often.

I have a firm ethical policy which I will expand upon later; suffice to say there is enough misery & suffering in the world for me to want to compound it any further. There is plenty to explore in Metal without glorifying abuse, supremacism & misogyny.

Enough for now.

Until next time.


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