Every once in a while a strangely wonderful opportunity finds you; something you really want just sort of, falls into your hands. Earlier this spring, my friend Sonia Rao asked me if I would make an illustration for the cover of her upcoming album: Calm Her. In the beginning she sent me the demos of all of her songs and I sketched out my thoughts and ideas, my feelings about the music. And also what I thought would just make a visually assertive composition.
|Thumbnails searching for visually striking compositions|
|More, broader-themed sketches|
|Sketches from 'Summer & Wine'|
|Sketches with varied themes|
|Sketches from 'Calm Her'|
|Sketches mostly inspired by 'She' but also the album itself as a whole|
|Finished photoshop sketch & value study|
|An earlier color scheme, eventually dropped in favor of more earth-tone scheme|
Here is an mid-stage rendering, all of the basic shapes and tonality is there, but there are no fine-details. Also, the color is radically different. While ultimately we didn't stay with this direction, I still really like this one, the colors are weirder, more eccentric but they work.
In addition to the cover art however; I also designed the disc label, and it matches too!