Here is an example of Trip Hop Music.
This is the first track I found for the Trip Hop genre, this kind of music has really appealed to me and is inspiring. With visuals for existing album art for this genre there are a lot of images like this one. I want to create something different from these, something far more bold , graphic, and illustrative, that can still capture the soft and mellow beauty of the music.
I believe this genre will really pose a challenge for me with this breif, I can’t wait to get designing.
Here is an example of Trip Hop Music.
Advanced Illustration 1
For this brief I had been debating music genres. I have expressed distaste to the genres provided (excluding hip hop, I just don’t want to use this genre as I know it well). I wanted to find a new genre that I enjoyed the sound of but was unfamiliar with, so I have been listening to a plethora of music on Soundcloud.
I began with Shoegaze, which didn’t really appeal to me, but was the best of a bad bunch. I soon came across a genre called Trip Hop : which is a surprisingly popular genre of music with a bpm of about 90.
I soon discovered that I have listened to one producer under the Trip Hop umbrella before - Bonobo, however I was delighted to find plenty of wonderful new artists and dig deeper into the genre. My first impression is a gut feeling that I should design for this genre of music. I want to listen to more music from this genre before I decide on a specific ep/album/ producer to design for; However, I feel like this genre of music is incredibly interesting and I will research into it more, and begin sketching visual material that I feel fits the downtempo and relaxed vibe of the genre in my sketchbook.
Circa Survive : Juturna & On Letting Go
Both of these album artworks are captivating. On Letting Go gives us a strange visual of a girl with fire coming out of her head, powering what appears to be a hot air balloon. I couldn’t help but notice her being strapped in is void, as her head is on fire. continuing.
I think this image is great, and it uses what I will call ‘weird factor’ to draw in the eye. I think it is illustrated very well, however I can’t put my finger on the media used here. The composition is also well thought out, applying the rule of thirds makes the eye drawn to certain things.
Juturna is another interesting cover, as the angles and perspectives really throw you when you first look at it. I think the media here is paint, but I could be wrong. I do think the colour palette could use something to balance all the warm tones in this image, however the design itself is captivating enough for me not to really care about the palette. I’m not really sure what’s going on here, is she being thrown out of a bursting door? Is she being sucked into a castle containing a vortex? Is she leaping over brambles or having a stroke? I guess we will never know.
Ariel : Jerry Goodman
I think this album work is cool because of the use of space in the image, I would definitely say the main component this work has achieved is spacial illusion. We mustn’t forget that our scale is already set, everyone knows how big a CD is - the challenge however is creating an image within that small space that pops enough to make people look twice.
I think this is the best album I’ve seen achieve this, I definitely looked twice. I love the drop shadow under the sphere, and how that sphere manages to be spherical without actually doing much. If you look closely, it’s just a circle, the pattern warped on its base is what does most of the work. The drop shadow and the highlight on the top really manage to make this surreal image realistic. Aside from this clever use of space, the fish (?!) give the image a depth, as they are seen swimming around the sphere in different places, some are in the foreground, and some in the background.
If you stare at it for too long, one may have an illusion of oneself an incredibly weird underwater room with the lights off and giant goldfish swimming around. The only thing that will help you ground yourself is the text at the top, that brings one promptly back into reality, where you are actually in HMV clutching the CD and looking a bit worried.
Bring Me the Horizon : Count Your Blessings
This album was one I listened to growing up. It’s past my tastes now, however it was a greatly influential album of my early teens (angsty).
I always found the album art stuck with me for some reason. Although I plan on illustrating mine, I can take tips from this, as to how the photographer managed to make these scenes so captivating. The colour palette is composed well, and I have included the back artwork too here, because it shows how two sides of an album should correlate. The ferris wheel on the back is shown spinning on a long shutter speed on the front, I always liked that image. The actual layout of this artwork is interesting, because there are three images included - and well balanced in terms of structure of the composition of both the text, and the layout of the images.
Pixies : Doolittle
This album cover achieves the vintage style, and is clearly digitally worked - but well. The rust texture is well created, and gives this piece a vintage feel. I can see texture pops up as a loud component of a few album covers I have looked at so this is something to consider working on when I come to designing my own.
Cleverly faded photographs are intersected by bold lines and faded lettering. I think this piece is well balanced and well composed, however I have a slight issue with the box and the monkeys head being off centre. It threw me.
Kisschasy : Hymns for the Nonbeliever
A cover which is amazing and polished artwork in its own right, this is a wonderful album cover. Its gold embellished lettering looks realistic, and makes the type stand out. The font itself is perfect, and the look as a whole reflects well on the album title. The texture of this piece is incredible, and looks like it could just be a real book (…if only it wasn’t encased in hard plastic, I would imagine that must ruin the effect slightly).
As Cities Burn : Hell of High Water
This album art work is interesting. It is hard to tell what media was used here, it looks either hand carved or illustrated by hand and then augmented digitally. I think it stands out because there is no white in this image. The gradient of black to what i would call beige in the background is striking when coupled with other artworks because of the contrast it creates.
The illustration itself, of what looks like a rat king, towering above a skeleton atop waves and skulls to a bored looking skeleton in a boat, is a pretty weird visual in itself. However using such a small space and being able to create an image with so much going on is impressive.
This album cover by John Dyer Baizley for Kvelertak’s album S/T is a really visually stimulating album cover. The colour palette on this piece is very well thought out, and I love the skin tones used, especially in the fingertips of the hand. It is interesting to note that this cover uses no text, I have seen some of Baizleys work before where he has used text, but I feel I like this piece better as there is nothing to distract you from the album art.
I have begun my research for the option I have chosen for this brief - Option 3 (album promotion).
As I will no doubt be designing an album cover, possibly also a tshirt, I decided first to start looking at illustrated album covers and learning about components of design people include in album cover artwork. Thus far, and with my current knowledge of the music industry - it seems anything goes.
This album cover is proof of that statement.
I have been practicing an interest in art since I could hold a pen. I live for it and it is what I enjoy. It was only 4 years ago when I decided that I wanted to become a tattoo artist as a career, but I felt I wanted to grow my skills in different areas before I began my career as a tattooist. I feel that at university I have the space and resources to grow my skills effectively and give me a good start when I go into the business world.
My artwork began with pencil portraits, which I used to really enjoy. I dabbled in graffiti and cartoon illustration, but my passion at the time was portrait art. When I was in sixth form I began to take to a more graphic quality in my artwork, and discovered pen & ink. I also began to design in a completely different way – using fine liners and marker pens to create my finished works instead of pencils or acrylic paint. I still use marker pens as I find it gives a soft gradient and a beautiful texture quality to my finished pieces. I hope to grow more as an artist with this course and hopefully by the time I graduate my skills will be developed enough for me to begin my career as a tattoo artist. I have had my ups and downs with university, and the stress that comes with it, but I feel that I have been able to grow and will enjoy returning next year to further my skills.
My Evaluation of Professional Practice of Illustration will be included on the Assignment Submission on Blackboard.