Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Frenchmen St. Parade

At last! I have received my copy the album I helped do the layout work for. -dance-

Check out the artwork done by Tim Trapolin, isn't it beautiful? Makes you want to dance with all the vibrant colors he used. And here is the page I love most (there is my name, yeah-ha!):

Feels pretty great to be part of a project where everything comes together and you get to see the final result of everyone's hardwork. And the MUSIC! If you haven't heard of the New Orleans Moonshiners  yet you can check out their facebook page here. You'll love 'em!

What was fun with this project was working with Tim's artwork and finding ways use it around different parts of the CD layout. To do so, I selected a few of the musicians and edited them into different positions to keep the consistency of the style flowing. Added a splash of color to match the original and presto! It's amazing what you can do with one art piece and how you can recreate it to make fun layouts.  Take a look inside:


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Grand St. Stompers

The end of March already? Time sure does fly. And I'll tell you I've been a busy bee. Much to share, many plans in the works,  and it's all a matter of kicking my butt and posting it now.

I'm in the middle of working on another album, this time for The Grand St. Stompers. Working with layout is an interesting back and forth process between working with a band's vision and melding it with your own artistic input. I try very hard to bring what they have in mind to light. Sometimes this means having to get over my own stubburness of direction, sometimes this means finding ways to work with my limitations of what I can draw - And boy, album works gets you to draw things and expand on content I never thought I'd draw. Happy that I have! Pushes me a lot and I need that.

Trains are pretty awesome, but it was certainly something I've never drawn before. Thankfully they provided reference pictures for me to work from  - an epic looking toy train. Not only did they want a train, but they showed me posters of Mucha and I KNEW I was going to have fun.  Panel time with whimsical lines.

Here is the evolution of where I started and where I am at now:

Layout version 1

Layout version 2

Layout version 3