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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, \

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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