Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CD cover: Masaya Yamaguchi

Experimental jazz guitarist Masaya Yamaguchi sent me photos of a railroad crossing near John Coltrane's grave and asked for a simple, clean design. I used an adapted logo he sent me and put the title in Hiragino Maru, the font that's used in Japan for English-language printed materials.

CD cover: Client #9

A band called Client #9 wanted something really unusual and handmade, but also wanted to tie it into the origin of their bandname (the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal). I started playing around in ArtRage and did a digital painting they really liked.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

CD cover & logo: JoyFocus

JoyFocus came with a huge challenge: to create a "modern coat of arms" inspired by the Queen logo but for a fun-loving midwestern band. And this wasn't just for a CD cover, it was also to be their new 'permanent' band logo to be used on shirts, posters, etc.

I sketched on this one for days, taking elements of different heraldic symbols and assembling them together. The moment where the concept came together was when I stuck the F-14 fighters in there. When that worked I knew that I could pretty much toss anything into the mix.

The band called the end result "BEYOND AWESOME!" and I was pretty happy with it too. This might be one of my favorite album covers so far. Click to see all the details.

CD cover: Dieter Marlovics

Textured and emotional, this is the cover I ended up with for Dieter.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CD cover; Nick Hinton

This was a pretty huge project, but greatly rewarding. The CD cover itself was quick, but then we started in on a digital booklet for the iTunes release, and the sheer amount of work involved in all the imagery and custom design took days to assemble. The client was great to work with and the end product is something we can both be proud of; he said that I ended up creating a booklet that looked the way his own personal notebook does, which is just what I wanted to do with it.

CD cover: Bee

The R&B artist Bee sent me a great photo to use; I toned it to highlight his bright amber eyes, added the title and created a quick little bee icon. Simple and done.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

CD cover: Noris

The alt-rock band Noris wanted a Lynchian cover with an abandoned motel. Their guitarist found this fantastic photo (which I altered and colorized quite a bit for extra creepiness).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CD cover: Margot

Margot, an Italian rock band, asked for a logo and album cover. They wanted me to emulate the logo for the band Rooney and do a "futuristic, weird" cover for their album Sesto Senso ("sixth sense"). From talking to them it sounded like they wanted a prog-rock sort of cover, something Storm Thorgerson would put together. They dug this image.