Sunday, December 13, 2009

CD cover: Jon Anderson, "Give Hope"

A new Christmas song from Jon Anderson, just in time for the holidays! He requested a cover design featuring a robin wearing a scarf amongst falling snow. Buy it on iTunes!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CD cover: Dimitri

Dimitri, an electronic music composer, requested an image of an alien environment with richly detailed clouds and mountains in the background with a person about to step into an empty void (off camera).

CD cover and website: Joseph Bangura

Joseph requested that his photo be placed into a vibrant street scene. Visit him at the website I designed for him as well!

CD cover: Jungle Books (Casey Winn)

CD cover for an orchestral version of The Jungle Book, composed by Casey Winn.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CD cover: John Elefante

CD cover for the new album from John Elefante (the former singer for Kansas) and his band Mastedon.

CD cover: Nick Hinton

Cover for Nick Hinton's new EP, "Begin", featuring the burned-down ruins of West Pier in Brighton, England. Nick and I couldn't decide which cover to use, so here's both.

CD cover: Julia's Memories of Christmas

A Christmas-themed harp CD, done both as digital cover art and a printed digipak. The bears, besides just being cute, tie in to a sticker put on the package by a children's charity with teddy bears for a logo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CD cover: Dellie Hoskie

CD cover for blues legend Dellie Hoskie, who had a lot he wanted to say on his album cover.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

CD cover: Treatise

Treatise, a classically-inspired electronic music artist, requested a cover image that would match their album title: "The Glassy Essence". I combined and manipulated several images to create a light, airy city of glass cubes.

CD cover: Inanna

Cover for dance/electronica artist Inanna. She requested gold-tone lettering with a rainbow accent over a red patterned background.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

CD cover: Atomic Panchos

The Atomic Panchos came to me with their album cover concept: Pancho Villa dressed like Elvis, standing in front of a nuclear blast. Oh, and bandoliers and pistolas intertwined with the logo. Can do!

CD cover: RvR

Rock musician RvR came to me with a very clear concept for his album cover: a translucent blue human torso sliced in segments corresponding with the frets on a guitar.

CD cover: Janis Ian

Folk legend Janis Ian wanted a simple design for her new single protesting anti-same-sex marriage laws: a pride flag with the title. No problem!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jon Anderson: "Music is God" single

Jon Anderson asked me to do the cover of his new single, Music is God; since he's on tour in Europe and a cover photo was needed immediately, the only image available was a screencapture from the YouTube video linked above. I used Photoshop to paint over the image and used colorful type to echo the happy vibe of the tune. Jon Anderson: "Perfect... it's got a universal energy!"

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Jon Anderson - Zamran logos

I've been incredibly excited lately to work with Jon Anderson -- lead singer of Yes -- on design work and concepts for an upcoming single, album, and a larger project that's still taking shape. The central character in much of this is Zamran, the Son of Olias (it's a long story), and these are some of the logos I've done for him. More to come...

CD cover: KIllian Wells

Killian asked for a very 80s-style image for his EP, "V.I.P.". Doing period-specific designs like this is a blast, even if they make people cover their eyes and say, "Agh!! That pink!!" Oh, the 80s rocked.

CD cover: Brewsky

This musician asked for a very specific image for their single, "Smoking Hookah". They sent the background image, a typography sample to match, as well as a hookah image, and asked for a cobra to be emerging from the hookah to create the "S" in the word "Smoking". I composited the image to order and added the smoke.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

CD cover: Dance 4 U Jesus

CD cover for a Christian dance music compilation. They wanted it to be flashy, bright, and 3D!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

CD cover: OBEY

Obey the Altar Native asked for an album cover inspired by their favorite designer toy store, Red Hot Robot. This is the end result, and yes, the Japanese does say "Red Hot Robot!!" (thanks to Justin for the translation). Original robot illustration by Simon Oxley.

Friday, April 17, 2009

CD covers: Taylor Bright

Taylor Bright asked for two different album covers, each with a cut-paper scrapbook look to them, and provided her logotype and photos to use.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

CD cover: Broken Keys

Multi-instrumentalist Broken Keys asked for a New Orleans collage for his album "Sounds of the 504", supplying many of the photos.

CD cover: -008'

The indie hip-hop artist -008' asked for a cover that'd convey three things: "politics, money, rap".

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

CD cover: AMPSEX

The guys from AMPSEX asked for an over-the-top, crazy cover for their song I Want Pain, and this was their favorite... a grindhouse-inspired design. These are a lot of fun.

Friday, April 3, 2009

CD cover: Fabian Herzog

Fabian Herzog asked for a quiet, nostalgic, melancholy image for his song "Rusty Roses". He liked this sepia-toned landscape and asked me to add a red rose to the bottom... and it was done.

CD cover: E-MAN

Hip-hop artist E-Man asked me to find an image that'd fit the old-school vibe of his single. This mural fading to black & white really fit the groove. I especially like the "talking doggie hand" graffiti on the wall.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CD cover: Porscha Parker (single)

After doing an album cover for Porscha Parker, I was asked to also do the cover for her debut DVD/CD single for the song P.E.A.C.E.

Friday, March 27, 2009

CD cover: Sunny Ledfurd

My third cover for Sunny Ledfurd; he asked for a cover image that looked laid-back and fun. I found this image of him and gave it some texture and character.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

CD cover: Joe Tran / Acustika

This client had a very interesting idea: they wanted to see an old book that looked like it'd been found buried in the sand on a beach. It had to have a touch of tropical-island flair to it but not look tiki/corny. Here's the end result, which they were really happy with, saying it was exactly what they'd imagined.

Monday, March 23, 2009

CD cover: Sidewalk Beggar

A one-man guitar-free blues-hiphop-rock band called Sidewalk Beggar asked for something that would express their unique aesthetic. They dug this beat-up old amp.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CD cover: Jazzi

Client requested a script typeface for their name, glowing blue eyes, and an artistic splash of color.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CD covers: Scotch Ale

The Italian band Scotch Ale asked me for a cover that'd be used for both versions of their song: in Italian and in English. In the end, they used two different designs for the two versions. Client supplied the logo.

Monday, March 9, 2009

CD client: 100 Akres / Loriana J

This was a fun challenge... to create an album cover for a single based on the idea of an URGE. It had to be sexy without being at all explicit. I tried many different directions for the cover until the idea of a closeup of these lips came up, and it worked really well.

Friday, March 6, 2009

CD cover: Porscha Parker

A second album cover for LA label Nordstarmusic, this was for their artist Porscha Parker. They requested something with a "little bit hippie style" and sent great photos of Porscha on a beach. They ended up choosing two of my designs; either one might show up on the album cover!

CD cover: Jay Norton

Nordstarmusic, an LA record label, asked me to do two of their artists' covers. The first up was Jay Norton, a Liverpudlian singer, who wanted something classy and simple. They sent beautifully-shot photos, so my job was pretty simple on this one. A great cover photo makes all the difference.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

CD cover: Noel Harrison

I was asked to do the album cover for an upcoming single by Noel Harrison (best known for the Oscar-winning song Windmills of Your Mind from The Thomas Crown Affair). He requested a phoenix rising from the cinders of a heart burnt to ash, with a vision of Avalon seen from behind the phoenix. His response to this design: "Glorious! Now I'll have to write 11 more tunes and make an album of it..."

Sunday, March 1, 2009

CD cover: Camie

This electronic duo came to me with a very clear concept in mind: they wanted to be portrayed as a mystical creature and fairy in a magic Japanese forest, surrounded by a chihuahua, a Japanese schoolgirl, and an old Japanese man peeking out from the bamboo. At first, I was tempted to say "no way... it'll take way too long". But the idea was so fun that I just had to put it together for them.

It took awhile to find the images, and even longer to composite everything together... the forest, the lion (plus wings), the fairy, the dog... the old man is a photo I shot in Tokyo a few years ago...

They were very happy with the end product (which they also asked me to come up with an album title to match). It was certainly worth the effort.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CD package: Margot

After I did their digital album cover, the Italian prog group Margot asked for a full CD package with the same concept as the cover. I figured if I was going to pay homage to Roger Dean and Storm Thorgerson on their cover, I may as well go all out on the rest of the package, too, so I put together a Hipgnosis-style cryptic story told in images.

The cover shows a strange post-apocalyptic field with ancient TVs picking up old broadcast signals.

How'd they get there? Well, inside we first see some scientists carrying TVs out into the field...

They place them and test for broadcast signals. To pick up the ancient broadcasts, they need to be in a spot without trees or buildings to interfere... thus the big empty field.

Now that the old TVs are working, the researchers ask their impressionable test subject to turn them on. Good thing she finds an old broadcast of Margot videos.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CD cover: Kachebee

Cover for Kach├ębee Abdullah. A simple textured frame for his photograph with some decorative elements.