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a diamond as big as the motel 6

(cover – detail)

(cover and back cover)

(interior side A, lyrics)

(interior side B, poster)

so, when The Foghorns made their most recent album – i was asked to create the art for said album. truth: i have never made album art before. when i was asked to put together art for an actual album that was to go into production and be sold in stores .. yikes. that was whole new territory for me. but, as usual, i said ‘ya, shure, you betcha’ – because i love a good challenge.

in short, the work i did for this album took many many hours. there are many guidelines that go into album art production. you have to take many things into consideration that one just doesn’t take into consideration when you are just haphazardly drawing pictures in your sketchbook. i wasn’t surprised by this fact, i was just extremely slightly overwhelmed by just how much planning goes into it.

in any event, the album actually turned out great. i was impressed with the quality and although there are two minor errors in the text (minor because any normal person wouldn’t notice them, but to me they are glaring errors because i just want to KICK myself for not having proofread it again – i thought proofreading it ten + times was enough, apparently i was wrong).

in any case, you should have listened to this band by now. if you haven’t please do so here. and if you love them, as i suspect you will, you can purchase their album off iTunes and other sources as well, visit their website for more details on that. so, music lovers, get to it! and if you live in Seattle, make an effort to come out to one of their shows. they are worth watching live. as much as i adore the album, their live performances are still my favorite.

[hand drawn illustration + digital illustration]

jessi


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oh, album art, how i love thee

this is the first piece of album art that i ever illustrated and designed. although it never went into production, it was a bit of a milestone for me (if you will). i put this together in 2006 for a friend of mine, Rich (who later went on to form Lost Weekend*). when attending a high brow design school and attaining a degree in a competitive illustration department, there is a certain self consciousness that tends to take a hold of you.

i made this on my summer vacation – away from the pressures of school and the you-need-to-be-a-commercial-illustrator mentality. it was the first time in my ‘career’ that i realized i could make something that not only satisfied the needs of the assignment/job, but something that i also liked and enjoyed making. what a concept?

i don’t think i’m alone in my battle, as an artist, to strike a balance between getting a job done and liking the job you are getting done. it’s a fine line, but album art and concert posters are right up my alley. they allow you freedom to be the crazy fine artist that you are at heart while fulfilling an assignment that will, hopefully, get you paid at the same time.

[collage + pen + colored pencil + digital application]

jessi

*more on Lost Weekend to come

p.s. although i originally intended to place these postings in some semblance of a chronological order, i am failing miserably. i have much work i would love to share and it feels impossible to categorize it into a neat and tidy structure. or perhaps it’s just my dyslexia and messiness preventing me from keeping things in order. regardless, please bear with me.

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