Dec 11, 2012

Kohoutek "Virginia" tape packaging art

A good friend of mine plays drums for this all things experiment Northeast collective. I met him when we were both living in the DC area and he booked most of the better shows my band played. For that and being a huge Neil Young fan I agreed to do the art for a limited live tape release he's putting out through another friends label. That and I want to get on the tape-art bandwagon the kids are digging these days. 

My friend told me to make it as psychedelic & weird as possible. I listened to the recording a few times then bgan drawing the penciled art you see above. After finishing I decided the first version was going to be hard to redraw so scanned it and inked (or traced) the linework in Photoshop using the tablet as you can also see below. I wanted to make all the outlines of the forms as many different colors as possible and one o the easiest ways to do that is to creat the outlines in Photoshop.  I also wanted to save time by not having to clean up the artwork post-inking in PS as well as work on my tablet skills.

I colored the rest of the art as I would normally, blocking in base colors first and then adding highlights and shadows. This time I decided to keep the tones simple, using one highlight and one shadow per part of the composition to keep it simple enough to be readable on a small tape case. 

Here is a detail of the center of the art. I really dug not having any tight direction with this and drawing whatever came into my mind plus the coloring which I tried to push as far as I could into being saturated yet not the brightest or happiest.

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