I worked on a CD cover for Born Anchors. It never really made it to completion, so this is it’s last manifestation. The colors, concept, and type are not mine. This is kind of a sad job for me. I like the guys in the band, and the music, and I wish that the concept they wanted had worked out, but it didn’t. I was not creatively active on this assignment, my role was more of “the hand.” I just drew whatever the guy I was working with wanted and didn’t really participate in the concept or anything. The comics style portraits I did on my own at one time in the process, they might become buttons. I like them a lot, even though they’re certainly a departure for me. I’ve been playing around with a lot of different styles lately, and the projects that I’ve been conceptualizing have been all over the map. This was when I was thinking a lot about developing a comic book style. I’ll be the first to admit a strong influence from Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz). Fun though. But yeah, the cover, not so much. I’m not sure where it went wrong, but it surely did.
I understand that the tiny parts that make up cells were all formally small independent organisms that formed symbiotic relationships with each-other. This means that large animals like you and I are made up of an inconceivable amount of small animals. This idea just blows my mind. I’ve been meaning to make a piece about it for some time, and I thought it would fit well for this project. I thought it would be cool to think of it as larger animals. Here I’m also showing my love of scientific illustration, only I gave it a more edgy style (it’s for a rock band after all). I’m CRAZY about illustrations of cells, skin layers, and other microscopic things. I think they’re just fantastic so I do things like this from time to time. Acrylic on wood, 8×10
This band shares members with Heiress. They apparently like the work I did for them and wanted me to come up with a shirt. http://www.myspace.com/bornanchors. I think they’re a really good band, and I had fun (trying) to do something more light hearted to suit their music. They sent me a preview of their idea for placement, and I think it looks really nice, I’m excited to see how the come out. I hadn’t even thought of placing it there, but it looks like it was made for it. I’m happy that this was a successful endeavor after hearing that Tristan Tzara went with the original art, even though the label guy liked it.