To say that Stuart Mason is a veteran artist just isn’t enough — he’s the definition of an artist. From his nimble guitar skills to crafting detailed pen and ink illustrations, Stuart is a true renaissance man of the arts.
As a musician, Stuart has won awards for his traditional singing, mandola skills, and songwriting. In addition, he’s a member of Celtic band, Molly’s Revenge, and also tours with bluegrass band Little Black Train and singer Colleen Raney, and he’s also part of a duo group with fiddler John Weed.
The video below gives you a little taste of what Stuart’s capable of when it comes to music — he’s in the plaid shirt.
And we’re not done yet. Stuart’s also an accomplished illustrator and painter. In addition, he teaches, writes and — wait for it — builds websites.
Lucky for us, Stuart recently signed on with Desktop Labels to create custom beer and water bottle labels that capture the essence of the great outdoors. We have decided to offer Stuart’s designs on coasters as well. You have the option to choose from round or square, and also the specific weight of the coaster.
“I couldn’t ask for a better assignment,” Stuart exclaims.
We recently sat down with Stuart to learn more about who he is, what sparked his creativity at a young age, and what he’s working on for Desktop Labels.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I’ve always worked in both fields: the visual arts as well as music. I find great satisfaction in those projects that overlap both areas. For example, CD cover packaging and artist websites, both of which I do quite often. My life is a wonderful blend of musical travel, recording projects, art and design, and fishing as much as possible. I live near the beach in central California, and I’m into surf fishing with a fly rod. It’s challenging and lots of fun.
2. You have a musical background; how did you find yourself working in design as well?
My grandmother taught me how to use traditional watercolor techniques when I was a kid. I was lucky that my mother encouraged my artistic side — guitar lessons, painting with oils, and lots of art supplies. I don’t know why but I have always gravitated toward the traditional forms. I play old music from the Appalachian region as well as tunes and songs from Ireland and Scotland. Over the years I have done lots of pen and ink illustration for publication, and when the digital arts became on option in the desktop environment, I found that it was relatively easy to scan an ink drawing and make it look like an old woodcut or block print. That’s the approach I am taking with these Desktop Labels.
3. What types of labels are you currently working on?
So far, my job is to create art for beer and water labels that feature nature themes, wildlife, scenic views, and outdoor sports — all of which are my greatest passions in life. I’m drawing things like game fish, elk, waterfalls, and mountains.
4. Do you have a favorite design?
I’m not done with the designs yet, but I still like the very first one I made. It depicts a trout jumping from a rushing stream to pursue a fly in the air. I like how it honors the art you would find on the old covers of Field & Stream magazine, or the L.L. Bean catalogs — my bibles when I was a kid.
5. What made you want to work with Desktop Labels?
This entire project is right up my alley. My cup of tea. My ideal subject matter and media. The icing on the cake is that I get to work with an old friend from way back who is driving the project. What’s not to love?
6. Do you have anything else you’d like to add or share?
I just hope the [labels I’m creating] are a successful endeavor in the long run. The concept is good, the process [is] easy for the user, and the art is coming from my heart. Cheers!
A Sneak Peek at Stuart’s Desktop Labels Designs
While Stuart’s designs are still a work in progress, we couldn’t be happier with how it’s coming along. Here’s a quick look at his beer and water bottle label designs.
Customizing our expertly designed labels is easy!
Simply go to the Desktop Labels home page and hover over ‘Pre-Designed Label Templates’ in the top navigation:
Then, select the type of label template you’d like:
Once you’ve selected the type of template you’d like, select your desired design and size of label from the list of options:
Once you’ve selected your design and size, click select the ‘customize’ button and fill in your desired details:
Finally, fill in your desired copy in the custom label interface, preview, approve and add to your cart to checkout:
If you have questions in the customization process, please feel free to reach out to us directly at 1-800-241-9730 for support. Happy labeling!