Wednesday, January 19, 2011


You know how if someone is missing for 7 days you can legally declare them dead? I believe that if you don't hear from the client for a month, you can declare the project dead. This was supposed to be a record cover. I was timid about working for a band again, as I have had bad experiences with them in the past. I took a chance and accepted a cover job for a small band, and a small fee. At this point, the band is nowhere to be found. ::Sigh:: I will never do that again.

The real shame is that I think this would have been the best CD cover I've ever done. The difference is that this is designed to be eye catching, iconic, and to read well at a small size. I used to try putting epic pieces on those little 5" squares (or whatever they are), but that's really not the way to go. Simplify the message.

This probably would be a good submission for Spectrum, but I don't see the point in entering anymore. I'm not looking for work as an illustrator, and I don't have money to waste on submission fees.

This is mixed media. It's a charcoal, pencil, and white gouache drawing, colored digitally. I think it's a great way to work. It has the speed and flexibility of digital, with the texture and "artist's hand" that makes traditional so nice.

Sorry if this post is a downer, I was burned by another band, rejected for yet another job, and I filed for unemployment today. I've been out of work for over 2 years, and it's getting to me.


Vegan Being said...

Hear you LOUD and clear on ALL points, bro.... Excellent piece, though! Save it. I've had a ton of clients come to me in a panic and choose left-overs from these sorts of flake outs. - Amy T

A Messy Perfection said...

Man, too bad for them, this is bad ass.

Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Great stuff!

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