This post is to highlight a little project that I threw together at the last minute for my musician brother. He put out a new single titled “The New Year” this week, and the graphic that we collaboratively constructed is below.
Nothing too special or complicated; this happened in about 10 minutes. Eric took the picture for the background and I did the bike, balloon and text in photoshop. A rush job, but I think it still looks cute.
Musician and little brother Eric Leva has just released a new Holiday EP, available for free as a download when you sign up for his mailing list. The album artwork for this EP, available only in digital form, was created by yours truly.
This painting was executed from start to finish using photoshop. It was a pretty straight forward task: I laid down the background colors, added some shadows and depth to the snow, put stars in the sky and a multi-color circular glow on the horizon. The only part of the painting that took me more than 5 minutes were the trees and their shadows, which I painted using my tablet. All in all I am very satisfied with the quietness and simplicity of the work.
Hey now. This is the second published CD packaging that I have designed and illustrated. But this–technically an EP–is special, because it is the work of my little brother, Eric Leva. I get to say little because he is younger than me.
Anyway, I’ll talk briefly about the music in a totally unbiased manner, let you have a quick listen, and then get onto the art. “Enter the Shell” wrote a review of the EP and said,
“The Scheme of Things EP is a record that you can’t help but be happy about. Every song is uplifting, light-hearted, heartwarming, and packed with quality musical accompaniment, that leaves you wanting more.” And you can read the rest of the review here.
Eric says that the EP is of the pop/folk variety, so if that sounds like something you would listen to play the sample below, then head on over to his website to hear more.
Okay! Onto the artwork.
This is what the finished outer packaging looks like, bleeds included. That while box is for the barcode. I wanted to keep this airy and atmospheric, while still giving everything a very flat cut-and-paste sort of style. All of the buildings were made with textured paper brushes. I used photoshop and illustrator to pull together the images and the text. When you open up the outer packaging, you will find this:
A very simple disk with a dream-like city floating around on it. You can view view the EP design in my graphic design gallery, or buy a copy of your own to look at whenever and wherever you want.
Hey! My brother just released his first itunes single, and I designed the cover art. But I’m not going to show you the art here just yet If you want to see it, go to your itunes store and search for “Lemon Lime,” by Eric Leva. And while your there, give the song a listen…maybe even click to purchase it. It’s pretty catchy.
I love doing cd cover art. If you have a band or know a budding young musician, and need someone to design promotional items for them, I’m your girl! Just shoot me an email at Shaunart@hotmail.com
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