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.
This is a record cover for a Mexican hardcore band called Maladie It’s got an Egyptian Death theme. Mummy, blue lotus, stars of the underworld. Good times. I got to do whatever I wanted on this one, and that’s the way I like it. They did some of their own changes after passing it off, but I’m showing it the way I intended it to look. This is probably going to be my last record cover, at least for a while. I’ve finally finished all the covers I had committed to doing, and I don’t want to do them anymore. They are labor intensive, and I don’t get paid hardly anything to do them. If I got a decent offer to do one for a large label or something, that’s a different story, but for what I’m making now it’s just not worth the time and stress. I’m supposed to work on some drawings to go in the layout of a record cover, but that’s a bit of a different beast.
I’m not sure where my next move will be. I have some editorial illustrations coming up, but if you haven’t noticed, illustrations in magazines are waaayyy down. I don’t think it’s realistic to try to squeeze a living out of those alone. Possibly comics, or concept art. Maybe I’ll hunker down in a master’s program until the economic shit storm blows over. We’ll see.