Judy Blank

Stage visuals

On April 22, 2022, Judy Blank released her EP “Saddies”. It’s an ode to feeling sad, but with an undeniable silver lining in its comforting sound. For her album release tour, I had the honor of designing her stage visuals.

Inspired by the album artwork, the lo-fi synths and her playful vintage style, I went for a glitchy VHS aesthetic.

The “Saddies” songs were centered in the set, with a corresponding banner based on the album artwork by Job Derksen. To help the audience sing along to the song “Karaoke”, I created a retro animated lyric video. For every show, I crossed out the song lyric “Saturday” and scribbled the actual day of the week over it. This triggered a burst of laughs among the audience when Judy subsequently also “corrected” herself while singing.

Because the EP is about (being okay with) being sad, Eeyore inadvertently became its mascot. When Judy asked her audience to find a few Eeyore plushies on the King’s day flea market, they surpassed all expectations and collected a whole herd of them — cue stage decor! One of the plushies then also became the star of the video backdrop for “Confetti”, which was good fun to film and edit.

Finally, for the song “Pony”, I got to work with actual VHS footage of three-year-old Judy with a pony (too precious!) that was part of the inspiration for the song.

The shows were an absolute joy, I would highly recommend seeing her live if you get the chance! Meanwhile, check out the “Saddies” EP on your preferred streaming service or — my personal favorite — on cassette tape.


Photography by Linde Dorenbos
Lights by Sebastiaan Groen