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July 2, 2008

A Little Linear Love in Album Covers

Filed under: artwork,music,thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 7:41 pm

When I saw the cover for the new Death Cab for Cutie album, I thought to myself, “hey, I’ve seen this before.”

Cover for Death Cab for Cutie album, \

Les Savy Fav, The Microphones, and Lamb all had similar album covers for their respective albums around the turn of the century.

The Microphones, in 2000
I would say the Death Cab for Cutie album cover bears the closest resemblance to this one, made from a few apparently hand-cut photographs.

Cover for The Microphones album, \

Les Savy Fav, in 2001
The artwork consists of several photos that were chopped up and then spliced into one, creating a colorful, line-filled collage. It’s especially apparent on the album’s backside, where all the band’s members show up in the same space.

Cover for Les Savy Fav album, \Rear side of Les Savy Fav album, \

Lamb, in 2001
Rather than cutting out the band’s members linearly, the artwork here uses squares, but does about the same thing as the Les Savy Fav cover. The album’s 2003 US release was much less interesting, showing only the band’s lamb “logo” on a blue background. Boring, and two years late. Thanks,

Cover for UK edition of Lamb album, \

June 19, 2008

Blip: Yellow Rain

Filed under: artwork,music,video — Tags: , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:02 pm

I was just driving home this evening and rain and sunset mixed together to make everything cool and yellowish. I’d already taken more than enough photos at times like these, so I thought I’d do something a little different. Music is: Lamb – “Five”.

June 16, 2008

Blip: Between Friends

Filed under: artwork,music,video — Tags: , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 11:50 pm

I shot a few bits of video during the drive from one friend’s home in Coral Gables to another friend’s home in South Miami. Here’s what came of it. Music: “Neuflex” by Two Lone Swordsmen.

June 11, 2008

New Vimeo Channel: Blips

Filed under: artwork — Tags: , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:38 pm

Blips logo, small

I’m limited in my video capabilities by the fact that I don’t have an actual video camera, so I have to rely on the video function on my still camera. So, I started shooting some short clips of scenery and adding clips of music and ended up with “blips”.

After creating a few of them, I looked around to see if the Vimeo or Flickr communities had already started doing the same thing, but found nothing, so I created a new channel devoted to sub-30 second music/video “blips”.

June 10, 2008

Some Waves

Filed under: artwork — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 11:29 pm

Some Waves, originally uploaded by ASurroca.

This one has a simple story. I was working on putting up some new product for my job, and really dug the purple/green color scheme of this bike seat.

This one’s got tons of the screen door effect and pretty much requires viewing at full size to appreciate.

May 28, 2008

The Sunset Glint

Filed under: artwork — Alfonso Surroca @ 9:16 pm

The Sunset Glint, originally uploaded by ASurroca.

Still at the artwork in Photoshop… I started off with this piece, took out all the ribbony bits, and focused on turning the photos into this abstract piece here. I did add a few new ribbony bits that (purposely) make a screen-door effect.

In Rainbows

Filed under: artwork — Alfonso Surroca @ 1:53 am

In Rainbows, originally uploaded by ASurroca.

Why the title? Duh. I started making something bright and airy and with a white background, and I ended up with this instead.

Reminds me of the Stanley Donwood’s artwork for Radiohead’s current album. I’d say it’s inspired by it, but it really isn’t; this is just the way this bit ended up looking.

Full disclosure:
I used a few of my old photos for this.

May 24, 2008

One Drive Cable

Filed under: artwork — Alfonso Surroca @ 1:41 pm

One Drive Cable, originally uploaded by ASurroca.

I’m still on a color kick, and filled with much linear love. Once again, I headed over to COLOURlovers to make myself a five-color palette and got to work.

If you cannot tell, this is a hard disk drive cable; well, it would be an HDD cable, were HDD cables less boring in real life.

May 20, 2008

Such a Colorful City

Filed under: artwork — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 9:03 pm

Such a Colorful City

Just finished a new little bit of really colorful artwork… from my flickr photostream

I sat idly for a couple hours, and came up with this in the meantime. Since I wanted something colorful, naturally, my first stop was COLOURlovers, where I used their palette design app to come up with the five-color palette used here.

I’ve been drawing in black and white for ages; it’s been a long time since I put some color in my work. I think it’s a welcome addition. God, I love color. How could I have stayed away for so long?

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