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.
Following up from my LeBron James promo piece, here's my next installment, a London Grammar image for the amazingly haunting single Strong by the British trip hop three piece. See the video (while it's still up there) on their website here. I've tried to reflect the feel of the video with the style and colours and the composition hopefully pulls you in like the story itself. Hope you like it ...
Illustration for an educational publication, to accompany the song Superstition by Stevie Wonder. Students needed to use the illustration to differentiate from the lyrics and other superstitions not in the song itself.
This was an illustration for a music event, very straight brief, girl holding a melting oversized heart(not gory please).
Illustration for club night Dirty Bingo's November 5th event inspired by V for Vendetta, Guy Faulkes, and all things bonfirey!
Another image for a music event, this one a batman inspired romp through the stricken city of London's skyline with a touch of indy pop thrown in for good measure.
A fun piece for a music label, a bad robot, in the old tin robot style crossed with the usual suspects.
Back before christmas Dark Star Brewing Co asked me to help them with their 2012 tasting notes. The brief was slim, but they didn't want to influence it too much, other than a suggestion of 70s prog rock album art.
After a lot of research and concept sketching, I came up with a heavily stylised illustrated front cover with hops of course being the over riding theme, and then went all 'alternative reality' on the inside with floating hop islands, a la Avatar, rivers of beer and a tear in the fabric of time/space.
Glad to see the finished product looks great and has been finished really nicely. Check them out in a good pub near you or at the Dark Star Brewery shop. Also keep your eyes peeled for a limited edition print run in the future, I'll obviously let you know about it here first.