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After working closely with the band ‘Esther Melody Band’ in designing their EPs and other band material I have been asked by them to design an album/media pack with illustrations that express each song for their new featured album ‘Edge of Time”. This involved an open investigation into line, typography and colour in relation to imagery, which seeks to express the feel of the music, and the message within the music.
The overarching themes/messages in this album centre around the relational struggles we all have in our lives, the triumphs and the let downs; and how we’re all waiting for something, be it the person we will marry, the fulfillment of our dreams or change in circumstances. Because the album focuses centrally on relationships, I decided to mould my objectives in accordance with the band to person based imagery by largely focusing on illustrating people. This project has given me the opportunity to explore various relational contexts surrounding emotional expression and overlap them to create imagery that encompass the feelings and message in the music.
My process into creating these images begins with a rigorous analysis of each song while keeping in mind the over all theme and feel of the album. I identify the emotive elements and messages within the lyrics and then proceed to visually express this. My research includes exploring body language and how emotions are physically expressed; and also emotive contexts and connotations within colour theory. I also investigated techniques of other illustrators that convey the emotive, plus the way they applied wet media.
Step two. Capture the expression on camera and use it as a base to inform my illustration.
Step three. Use the various illustrative techniques seen in my researched illustrators work and use them to inform the creations of my illustrations. Because many of the illustrators I have researched use wet media such as water colours, inks and paints; creating imagery that express the emotive in people, I have decided to take a similar approach.
After researching into colour theory I came to the conclusion that its emotional contexts and connotations are very subjective and so have decided to take a loose approach, applying it in relation to the mood of the song and emotions of the people.
Step four. Once the physical expressions are photographed I then proceed to illustrate the images using various techniques used by my collected illustrators. I then combine the key techniques and create and over all image that expresses the song.
Step five. Part of my research has been investigating how graphic designers convey musicians and their music. Because the illustrations are expressing the music and the musicians the focus is then largely on the images. For this reason I have gone for a more general layout and style of album design that would house the illustrations effectively and keep the focus largely on the imagery. The research has however been very useful to see what kinds of album designs are out there and has given me a real sense of what would be most appropriate for this particular project.
There was, however, a turning point for me. During the creation and exploration of my illustrations I started to reflect more on my research. I then began to realise the way some of my researched illustrators were using foreground and background to create a more complex and layered image that seem much more unified and detailed. Because of this I have started playing with textures through digital minipulation, bringing about a stronger sense of each of the songs especially in the element of time, and how faded textures can convey this.