Soooo, I am really excited to finally get to share the inner workings of a project that started this summer. A very good friend and musician extraordinaire of mine, Myla Smith, asked me to do the artwork for her newly released album, "Drugs." She wanted to release it this fall, so we got to working immediately, and came up with such a great album design.
We went through two different concepts before we arrived at the final version and there was so much fun art that didn't make the final cut, that I just had to share some sneak peeks.
These are the initial concepts that I sketched out after a huge pow wow session on the direction of her album art. The "Drugs" album focuses on the many coping mechanisms we are drawn towards to hide our emptiness instead of dealing with our issues- the drugs we all abuse from time to time: money, sex, business, alcohol, you name it. In keeping with this deep concept, she wanted the artwork to have a light and airy feel to and stay away from dark imagery. Here's where the fun began. In the brainstorm process, I came up with three different scenarios for the cover to quickly picture addiction- a subway with passengers reading about their drugs of choice, an old fashioned drug store with customers drinking their drugs, and our modern day drug store, a coffee shop, in which customers wait in line and at tables showing us their addictive habits. We ended up going the direction of the coffee shop to illustrate best the different drugs represented in her album. And here is the final illustrated version of the coffee shop drug store album artwork.