At the end of last month I was approached by Closer Artists to help out with some urgent artwork they needed for Irit – an amazing singer who was releasing a new album and embarking on a tour.
Originally from Haifa, Irit grew up on a diet of jazz, classical, radio pop and the amazing rhythms of Ladino and in 2013 she released an album of jazz standards reinterpreted, winning critical acclaim and allowing her to tour Europe for the first time.
Whilst in London she met Jonathan Quarmby, fresh from producing the Mercury winning Benjamin Clementine album, and the two set to work crafting an album of 12 rhythmic, bright, colourful pop-influenced songs. I would call it up-tempo summer-time jazz with a latin underscore – and fits very well with Caro Emerald who she supporting on her current tour.
The album ‘Hello’ is driven by accordion, Latin guitar, trumpets and Irit’s effortless vocals. It’s an album that will sit comfortably between Astrid Gilberto, Beuna Vista Social Club and Christine and The Queens, be prepared to to be won over and say “hello” to Irit! She will also be in Brighton on the 14th April when Caro Emerald plays at the Brighton Centre.
Here's the second in the new canned line – Dark Star Revelation, which I was really happy about it was one of the brews that I'd designed the pump clip for a few years back. With this came it's own challenges, namely that apparently people love the clip so much that they didn't want to move too far away from it at first. But when showed the guys and gals at Dark Star my concept for reinventing Revelation in cans with nods back to the clip graphics, they were really happy to embrace the new art direction.
So we've still got stained glass but with a lot more detail and hop-worshipping! I've really tried to get across the feeling of the light coming through the clouds and bursting out of the stained glass. The inscription across the central panel of the stained glass window is 'Pro amore humulus' which, as I'm sure you've worked out, is about as close as you can get to 'For the love of hops'. Continuing the ecclesiastical theme round the back we've got a couple of cute little cherubs helping out with the brew, based of course on my own little angels(more like devils actually!)
Hopefully number three is coming later this year, and I've already done concepts for a couple of them so it'll be a case of waiting to see which brew Dark Star choose to release for their next run.
Here are some close ups: