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Futuralbum

A redo of the Geographer Innocent Ghosts album, with collaged strips of horizon lines forming a rectangle

My re-do of Geographer’s Innocent Ghosts is up on FUTURALBUM today. The challenge from Troy DeShano was to redesign an album cover using only Futura and imagery from Flickr Internet Archive Book Images (ooh, cool moths up there now). Lines and other similar design aids were allowed.

Innocent Ghosts as an album is more subtle than Geographer’s later, more-indie-techno music. When I listen to it, I feel a nostalgia for something I can’t quite remember. It’s the same sublime sense I get when standing in an old place: that I’m squinting to see something or chasing a memory in my peripherals and just barely failing. If only.

It’s a bit New Age-y and possibly obnoxious to talk about this sort of soul travel when it comes to listening to indie bands, but that’s the inspiration behind the re-make. To echo this never-quite-getting-there feeling, I pulled horizon lines (some more defined than others) from old photos of fields and barns and lakes. Two layers of color add a glitchy-ness to the artwork. And lastly, add a couple of trees for some discordant forest fun, lest the artwork suffocate from orderliness.

Feb 18, 2015

Charleston

A simple vector illustration of two traiditional Charleston homes and a storefront

Ended up abandoning this project, not enough time to do a ton of buildings before I leave Charleston. So here’s the last of the illustrations of Broad St. facades.

Jun 12, 2014

Post Office

A simple vector illustration of a large stone post office in downtown Charleston

I’m doing a series of illustrations of Charleston buildings, and I thought it would be a good idea to do a huge one early on so I can get a sense of how big I want these to be. A million hours of reality TV later, here’s 83 Broad St—the Charleston Post Office.

Apr 11, 2014

Ugly Building

A simple vector illustration of a salmony-pink building with 1970s brick and bars on the windows

A charmingly ugly building in Charleston, SC. The 1970s vibe felt out of place.

Mar 26, 2014