Artwork portfolio 1
Artwork portfolio 2
Most of these images were done to explore different styles of design, using covers for bootleg recordings as a brief.
All designs were non profit, and many have been shared freely.
All the images have been created using Photoshop, digital SLR and scanner.
This first page features a number of my favourite designs I have made.
The above images above are made from photographs, sketches, pastels, texture scans, and are wholly created by myself. Unlike many of the images below,
these were not made to any specific brief, but simply to explore the possibilities of digital image manipulation, to achieve a more organic and illustrative feel.
Created using (stock) images of a zeppelin, band logo, and the venue.
These images have been greatly changed using textures, layer blending,
plus hand drawn elements.
Seven images were created for a CD insert, and desktop background.
The finished set of CD artworks can be found by clicking the above image.
Against my wishes a bootleg company used this artwork for a vinyl release.
Another artwork for a Led Zeppelin recording, using a (stock) image of a 1950's petrol pump. The pump has been shortened, the design on the top changed,
and the concert date added in the petrol meter display.
The unaltered original pump image was included as part of the design.
Please click the image the finished set of CD artworks.
The above images were created following the style Underworld's album covers. The images are wholly generated by myself, but losely follow Tomato/John Warwicker's
typographic style. The first three use images were generated using a scanner, the fourth uses digital photographs. Again click the images for the full artwork.
With the exception of using the band's existing logo, these designs were wholly created by myself. Starting with an image of my cat sitting on a scanner, and
experimenting with Photoshop filters and blending. The type is 'hand cut' (in Photoshop). Click the above images to see the finished set of CD artworks.
This became the start of a project where I made cover artworks for all recordings shared of the 2005 NIN tour, sixty in total, which
can be found here.
On the right is example of one of the later designs in the series, here using a scan of a moth. After the first design I made all the type either light or dark,
but did not mix the two together making the back inserts much neater.
To go with some of the CD inserts I have made, I also created some desktop backgrounds. These images were wholly created by myself, although the first uses
a family photo, the latter from a series of photographs I took at YTV. Textured and aged in photoshop, using scans of foam, canvas and old school books.
These are again from a series of images I made for shared recordings of a tour. Click on each image for the matching set of CD inserts, or to see the full click here.
The above images were created to explore the decorative style of the mid 00's.
Initially this style seemed very alien to me, so I was determined to see if I could
work with it. The zeppelin and portrait photograph as well as some of the textures
are stock sources, but the style, colour and layout were mine.
This image was part of a website header for a band I was involved with several
years ago. The photographs were taken of the band on stage, and combined
with scans and textures in Photoshop. I also designed the logo using Frutiger,
removing the dot on the 'i' for symmetry.
These two images are based around an existing photo of the artist, but other than that the backgrounds and style is my own. The Charles Mingus cover reflects the typographic style of jazz, originating in the 50's. The Peter Hammill is one of a series where I took photos of memorabilia, tapes, badges, and photographs,
and then replaced the images in the photos with those of the artist.
Yet more Led Zeppelin artworks. I was asked by a bootleg collector to make a set
of images based on 'blaxpliotation' movie posters for a six CD set, to fit two or
three cases, incorporating tickets and news clippings. All the images were from
the internet. The right image is reworked from 'The Creation' by Michelangelo, replacing cherubs with the band, adding a zeppelin and clouds.
As well as doing finished designs, I also provided images for an established bootleg project that had its own designer and style. The images they used were abstract, and of the dozen or so I sent seven were used on finished covers.
Five of those front covers can be seen by clicking the above images.
These two images are included to show the thought process behind the designs.
With such abstract titles as 'Deja Vu' and 'Experience to Extremes', a phrenology head, and dissected heart seemed to fit the concepts. Both the images are from
the internet, the head is as found, the heart has colour and texture added.
These images were for my own use, unlike others on this page, were not shared.
Three images from the back insert of CD covers with which I have experimented with the layout of text. I studied typography at college, and much of the inspiration
to make these artworks came from the wish to continue to work using type.
Artwork portfolio 2, has designs I have made roughly broken down by how they were created.
Other related pages.
The following four pages are not portfolio pages, but a resource for collectors of rare recordings.
They are where I share many of my designs, but they may be of interest following on from these folio pages.
'CD and desktop backgrounds' (in the top menu) has all designs I have shared linked to it.
Most are my own design, though a few simply rework promotional material.
It also includes some poster designs I made at the bottom.
A full set of designs for Orbital recordings are here.
The full set of Nine Inch Nails images mentioned above are here.
The full set of Porcupine Tree images mentioned above are here.