Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fake CD Cover

In this post I'm going to talk about the album cover I designed for my final challenge in Vlog a Goal Every Day:







This project was fun because there were really no restrictions beyond the title, so I could go in any direction I wanted graphically, and I got to use all kinds of fun effects that usually way to cheesy for real work. As I said above, I decided to make the band a very pretentious contemporary rock band with a touch of emo-ness, who try to be all artsy but just kind of fail. I decided to make the main image the groucho marx glasses but replace the eye holes with other images that are kind of reminiscent of eyes, namely a ferris wheel and an inverted image of the moon. Then, because all emo CD covers need blood on them, I added a drop of blood that could also be taken as a tear coming out of the glasses, because that seemed very, "Ooh, look how clever we are!" Then on top of all of that, I added an image of a serene farm landscape with really dramatic clouds, which I guess could be taken to mean they're masking the pain inside of them with a peaceful exterior, but really I just thought the colors and textures would look cool.

The text I tried to keep pretty simple because I didn't want it competing with the image. The typeface is Helvetica.

Also, if you want to see what my layers palette ended up looking like, you can see it here:
http://www.karenkavett.com/blogp/fakecdlayers.jpg
And if you want to see the original stock photos, they are here:
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/851577
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/868563
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1154350
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1032927
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/515677

Please let me know if you have any questions. This was quite fun :)

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