I was really excited to be a part of this project from the beginning. This will probably be the most viewed piece of artwork I have created so far!
I was first asked to create custom lettering to go along with a photograph, but it soon turned out that Burton was looking for something a little more interesting. We did multiple versions of different themes until we got to our final:
Calexico, displays both range and cohesion, an array of emotions unified by Lee's eclectic taste and distinctive vocals. With a remarkable set of guests--including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and James Gadson--and the musical backing of Calexico, the album marks the arrival of Amos Lee as a mature artist who continues to explore his musical and thematic interests." -from Amazon's Product Review
The music is amazing, and this album is definitely going to be well received. We worked off of the western undertones and poetic lyricism to create a feel true to the music. Check out the sketch for the final below. Amos really wanted to keep things masculine, so the floral elements were out.
The typography was a challenge. One thing that we really found necessary with this project was not to be obvious. Sure, we wanted something Western, but we wanted to stray far far away from "cowboy." See some of my other thoughts below. At first we started with photographs of Amos. Here are some earlier versions before we really found the direction everyone agreed on.
Over the past few weeks Burton has been wrapping up the final design for the booklet and asked for some spot illustrations and a portrait for the back cover.
So that's that! Keep your eyes out to see it in stores, in the iTunes store, and on Amazon. And if you want to pre-order the album, which drops January 25th, visit the Amazon page!
Also, guess who is a proud owner of a Bachelor of Fine Arts? Stefan Sagmeister was my class's commencement speaker and I got the chance to meet him in the morning. I know, right?!
He was surprisingly huggable.
Next step: design and create an awesome self promotional mailer that will make art directors everywhere want to know and hire me!
I love how these turned out! I had to print these ONE BY ONE. Next time I'm definitely pulling a whole sheet of cards and THEN cutting them!
These guys are a final for Dan Krall's class. I still feel like I haven't figured out how I want to draw the figure and faces, but I feel like with these I'm getting closer. I wish I had more time to focus on the lettering, but I've been trying to work faster/looser with my lettering so maybe it's successful in that sense!
Ladies are wearing Martin Maison Margiela's amazingly weird wig coats and sitting on Eames molded plywood and Barnes&Barnes chairs.
Here are two potential CD designs for a digital portfolio. Seniors in the Illustration department are designing these for a Skype chat we're doing with art directors at the Society of Illustrators in NYC. Which do you like best?
UPDATE: I ended up getting the first one printed as it was the obvious favorite! Thanks for the input, guys!
Check out some of the great cards I saw today and also be sure to click through to the artist's webpage!
Everyone's favorite print tech, Kyle Van Horn
I've always had this unabashedly tacky attraction to toile patterning, which may or may not have something to do with my childhood obsession with being a British colonist. So when Babs gave me the prompt to create a 3-part illustration incorporating photographs of accessories I first tried to fight off the urge to go this route. In the end, the toile always wins.
The pink shoes are by Harumi Muto, the necklace by Shourouk, and the silver shoes are by Christian Louboutin. Photos from Luisaviaroma.com.
Heather saw me working on this and showed me this awesome Threadless tee. Totally want it!