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Lord Mandrake

Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

3 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

4.75 in × 4.75 in × .25 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Packaging: 18pt Chipboard
Belly band: Red Canson

Number of Colors

2 spot (black and white)




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As the one designer in his band, Lord Mandrake, Spencer Charles set out to design and produce their second album. Not happy with the somewhat cookie-cutter outcome of their first title which was laser printed, the band settled on silkscreen and the best choice for their aesthetic needs and budgetary restrictions — and they would, of course, do it themselves. But I will let Spencer tell you a little more about the experience:

I did the illustrations in Adobe Illustrator, exposed them on to the screens using a poorly built light table in my serial-killer basement, and did all the printing on my kitchen table. I encountered more problems than can be counted, but there are a couple of lessons I learned that I would like to share with anyone new to screenprinting:

- Be prepared to make big mistakes. It never goes as planned, make sure you are flexible and have many different options in case something goes wrong.

- Be prepared to spend most of your time planning/problem solving. The actual printing stage goes very quickly, it’s setting everything up to run smoothly that will take up the majority of your time.

- Have access to a pressure washer. Cleaning a screen by hand is next to impossible.

The amount of work involved in screenprinting can be staggering, but if you have the time and persistence, you can end up with a very cool, cost effective product.

By looking at the final result I do not get the sense of many problems encountered, so I have to give kudos to Spencer for finding ways to overcome his obstacles and put out a quality piece that does not reflect his troubles.

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Illustration, design and typography: Spencer Charles
Illustrations heavily influenced by the work of Konrad Gessner



Spencer Charles

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

October 12, 2009


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