Hi, I’m Mark. An artist, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, project manager and art director working mainly in the alternative and music industries under the name ASYLUMseventy7.
I explore every project with enthusiasm and maturity, hate shallow work and I’m Influenced by the weird and wonderful – be it music, art, fashion or people – I really enjoy taking projects left-field and love nothing more than working with people who have the same passion for exploring the new and experimenting with the norm, to create something that shows the best of my abilities and their desires.
I gained a BA(hons) in Illustration at university , and had been working with bands, promoters, clothing, print and merchandise companies for a number of years when, in 2005, my work was showcased at the New Designers exhibition in London – an event which catapulted me into the spotlight and led to the formation of ASYLUMseventy7 in 2006 as a base for all my creative work.
Services I offer
As a creative chameleon I enjoy exploring possible solutions to art and design by using exactly what is needed to create the correct feel to the project. I am happy working in a large variety of styles from hand made drawing/painting/collage through found objects/photography/photo-manipulation to mixing all these disciplines together to create something new, exciting and eye catching.
I’m happy working case by case but also offer a retainer service working as an in house creative designer on a satellite freelance basis so you get a full time on call designer as and when you need that quick job or new project worked on to a professional standard. Contact me for rates and availability
Here you can download my promo EPK
Creative eye catching artwork and illustration for what ever you may need. From album and gig artwork to editorial illustrations in a variety of different media and styles.
- Album artwork
- Gig/event posters
- Book covers
- Editorial illustration
- Hoodies, t-shirts, hats, caps, bags, stickers etc
- Lyric videos
- Animated album teasers
Having a professional look to your layout, concepts, designs, logos, branding, adverts, merchandise, marketing & promotional materials is essential to get a head in the industry.
- CD/LP/DVD art/layout/design
- Magazine/catalog artwork & layout
- Promotional/Advertisement materials
- Merchandise design
- Branding/logo design
Photography is more than pressing a shutter button. Having professional standard photography sends a very clear message and can portray your message or look faster than a well written bio.
- Promo & headshots
- Live music and event coverage
- Editorial and feature photography
- Band press shots
- Model portfolios
- Catalogue shoots
- Product and still life
- Fine art
- Retouching and photo-manipulations
Getting the right set up and production plan from the start can save essential time and extra cost. I also have a manufacturing partner for all CD, vinyl and box set manufacture. contact me for details.
- Print set up/advice
- Production management
- Production planning
- Production sourcing
Get your creative project a strong and cohesive look throughout the campaign from the start, from product to press and promotion.
- Concepts, ideas,
- Campaign direction
- Sourcing art/photography
Why hire me?
I’ve got over 15 years experience working with bands, DJs, artists, record labels, recording studios, magazines, tour/event/promotion companies, shops, music colleges and youth charities.
I can take your project (big or small) from idea through creation to completion and delivery.
I’m very happy taking on long term work, with brands, bands and labels to keep a consistent look through their promotional art and design, wether that is branding, promotional artwork, photography, clothing collections, T-shirt designs, gig posters, reprographics, production management or even just having a creative you can count on to create what you need when you need it.
Here’s what a few of my peers and clients have said…
“Mark has always over delivered in a timely and professional manner that makes a huge difference to many of the art people I have worked with over the last 25 years. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”
Al Dawson – Earache Records
“Mark designed some graphics for thenoisecartel.com – from a very simple brief, Mark created the perfect icons for our requirements and I’m extremely happy with his work. He knew exactly what we were after, delivered visuals very quickly and also reacted very quickly to the small adjustments requested.”
Adam Sagir – The Noise Cartel
“Mark has been working with Metal Hammer for some time now and is a trusted artwork and designer for the brand. Metal Hammer moves fast, and requires things to be turned around as swiftly as possible with Mark we never have a problem. He takes hold of the brief, and manages to complete the work in a pleasant and timely manner. He’s fast, versatile, skilled and passionate about the work we do and that makes him an asset to Metal Hammer.”
Lewis Somerscales Art Editor – Metal Hammer
‘Mark has is an incredible talent and has an unbelievable work ethic. Despite the ridiculous lead times that I set, he’s always over delivered in heroic times. I cannot recommend highly enough.’
Tony Boden – Artery Global
Marcus Knight – Cooking Vinyl
“In my role as Production Manager for Earache Records I’ve commissioned Asylum Seventy7 on multiple occasions to help us with some of our most important releases. Every time he’s delivered on time, on budget and the finished designs have been impeccable, he offers great creativity and professional outcomes be it graphic design, illustration or photography.”
Chris Bradley – Earache Records
“Mark is super patient – especially when being bombarded with endless questions, and has excellent attention to detail! I highly recommend him for design work, and found him personable and easy to work with.”
Press & Communications at Roadburn Festival & Damnation Festival
“I would recommend Mark in a hot minute. When under pressure to finish a print magazine and finding myself without a designer, Mark jumped into the breach and finished the job on time, on budget and to spec. He was flexible and polite when I simply needed him to work to a tight spec but creative and imaginative when I gave him free reign, I was impressed at how he researched and respected our house style. A sign of a true designer and I am looking forward to working with him again ”
Louise Brown – Ironfist Magazine
“sums us up completely. an amazing job, A very professional service”
Nathan Clark (Owner of Complete Tours)
“superb illustration and logo work produced to tight time scales and at a very competitive price.”
Martin Smith – Head of Marketing & Design, Access to Music Ltd.
“Open to all ideas he is easy to work with, very talented and very patient, I’d recommend him to everyone”
Alice Bizarre – (Make Up Artist and Model)
”Get committed to the psychopathic designs and illegally insane photographic work by Mark Leary now !! Enter his asylum at your own risk !!!! – a dark, rich, mental and intense world where I just feel at home”
Sam Hayles aka DOSEprod
Where to find me
I’m based in Nottingham but available to travel subject to costs.
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How I work
SO… Get committed to Creativity and relax, This is what I do.