Effi Summers - Music Industry Blogger
Creative Blog- Creative Direction, Branding and Design Projects
oh hello frens and welcome to my next creative challenge.
I wanted to try using more different mediums with this challenge and hey, I love music so I figured I'd design an album cover for a fictional band in each of 5 genres. oh the fun!
I wanted to do a wide scope of styles so I picked these 5 lucky babies:
indie, metal, folk, trance and jazz.
first up is indie. think jingly jangly 2007 indie; very Vampire Weekend-eqsue.
this one took the least amount of time as it was very clearly pictured in my head and didn't take much to execute it. I found a v quirky toilet (yes, toilet!) in a nice bar in Copenhagen, which included taxidermy, a vintage dresser and an old rocking horse so I snapped a piccy, edited it Lightroom to make it a bit more sharp and contrasting, added a vignette in Illustrator and then found a very clean, minimal, font for the text. voila.
I'm pleased with the result, it's exactly how I imagined it, but I always feel a bit doubtful when it's so quick to do, yanno?
next up is metal. Oh how i love thee.
the background is a picture of some deceased birds stuck to a wall which I found in the zoologisk museum. delightful. I edited it and made it slightly transparent and I think I chucked a darker wispy layer over it.
I hand drew the letters for this cover, no pre-made font here, oh no. I cut them out of an image of a cracked stone wall (like ya do) and added a white blurred version behind.
I then got a bit happy with barbed wire. I added some silver and black and then traced over it to make it all look a bit more distressed. BOOM.
here we have cutesy folk and I love how friggen adorable it is. this one took the longest; I played around for ages with various watercolour effects and made about a million art brushes, only to discard it all and start it again. but pleased I am as this is the result.
I wanted the contrast of night sky and vintage living room with some curvy, simple creatures in it too. because that's the vibe for cute folk amiright?
the lamp was super fun to draw and the font was stuck in my head from the beginning; a simple, hand drawn kinda style in white with large spacing between the letters.
oh hi there trance. I went full on ugly in a good way for this and it was mega fun to do.
I got a picture of a peacock (?) that I took a while ago and sent it over to thee ole ipad. from there i used an app called Pixelmator to make it into a kaleidoscope. I edited the hue and saturation to make it blue/green and more vibrant, also adding a bokeh effect and a light leak on the right hand side.
to make the super ugly text I used an envelope warp (squeeze, I believe) and cut little chunks out of the left hand side using the knife tool. I used a silver metal gradient for the colour and added a white version behind to give it that ugly 3d look.
I popped the ministry of sound logo on the top for good measure and there we have a trance album cover.
I think this one probs provided the most fun I've ever had (with design related things). old school jazz it is and much vector based drawing it consisted of. I found a suitable font and jumbled/resized the letters a bit to suit the vibe and then I drew a saxophone that's also a bird and I think that's all that needs to be said.
however, I'm carrying on (#rebel). it uses a simple colour palette and simple lines but both come together to create a beaut jazzy thang. this might even be my fave.
there you have it folks, another week has passed and another creative challenge has been DONE.
happy friday and see you sooon bitchezzzzz.
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