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    I hope this hasn't been discussed already, but the Forum-Search didn't bring anything up, so.....

    How many of you are producing your own Artwork for promoting your Bands? Or do you hire someone to do it for you? Are there certain styles you're trying to go for?

    I just want to know how other members on here approach the Visuals of their music.

    I've been working on some stuff for my Bands lately and I'm really curious about different approaches!

    Paul

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    To get this thing rolling...
    This is one of my latest designs I did for a Gig with my retro-Swing Band:
    Designing your Bands Artwork-rug-cutter-days-jpg

    With this Band I always try to go for a handmade/printed vibe, and always use the same color-scheme. Been studying lots of Propaganda Posters for inspiration.

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    The French artist Pascal Le Gras was so enamoured of The Fall that he designed their record covers free of charge.

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    Webby - Really nice poster!

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    I love Jonathan Stout’s retro covers (follow the links below):

    Music | Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five

    Pick It and Play It | Jonathan Stout

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    I made this demo-cover for my group:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    To get this thing rolling...
    This is one of my latest designs I did for a Gig with my retro-Swing Band:
    Designing your Bands Artwork-rug-cutter-days-jpg

    With this Band I always try to go for a handmade/printed vibe, and always use the same color-scheme. Been studying lots of Propaganda Posters for inspiration.
    That looks great! You are obviously multi talented!

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    These are great guys!

    I'm an art teacher, as many of you know, and bad graphic design is a pet peeve of mine. These would both earn A's in my book.

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    Great work Webby,

    That's exactly the kind of thing I go for. I like how you were able to achieve something that looks like its on actual paper, with the ink bleed and paper texture.

    After years of being happy enough with our designs, I happened upon an english western swing guitar player living in a Sacramento named Chris Wilkinson. He's been doing designs for Western and Rockabilly bands for a while, but I could see he would know what I was looking for. I sent him a folder of inspirational designs I'd been saving for years (1930's-1940's concert posters, 78 rpm album jackets, 78rpm record labels, 1930's-1940's music adds and sheet music covers), and he honed in on the general vibe that spoke to me.

    Since engaging him for our last band album, we had him do a logo, a t-shirt design, stickers, a promo poster, and now a brand new solo CD album cover for me. Plus, I've recommended him to several friends who've had amazing designs done for them as well.

    You can find him at @stuffbycw on instagram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    I made this demo-cover for my group:

    I really like that one a lot! It's got a bit of a Blue Note look i think, which I really dig!

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    Webby - Really nice poster!
    Thanks a lot!

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    These are great guys!

    I'm an art teacher, as many of you know, and bad graphic design is a pet peeve of mine. These would both earn A's in my book.
    Thanks to you as well!I think you're totally right! bad graphic design can ruin the whole thing for me! I guess it's pretty important to find the right aesthetics to transport your music visually.
    So I guess as an Art-Teacher you've probably been designing stuff for your projects aswell. DO you want to share some of it with us?

    Quote Originally Posted by campusfive View Post
    Great work Webby,

    That's exactly the kind of thing I go for. I like how you were able to achieve something that looks like its on actual paper, with the ink bleed and paper texture.
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    Thanks a lot Jonathan!
    I do follow you, aswell as Chris Wilkinson on instagram, and I gotta admit that both of your profiles have been an inspiration for me, so your compliment on my artwork means a lot to me! I actually just recenbtly read an interview with Chris Wilkinson, where he also talked a bit about his technique, and I'm curently tinkering around with some things he talked about there!


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    Ah, found back this poster I made quite a few years ago for a guitar duo gig (different style):



    (Btw, gitaar is Dutch for guitar ;-)

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    Sometimes the free apps help out too. Made these ones in the free Phoster and Poster Maker apps (but it feels a bit like cheating;-):




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    Wow there is some cool shit in here! I love all of these! I'm planning to record an album in next year, and i need ideas like that

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    Nice graphics. It's important to use retro style design if you play that retro style music, so folks don't even to begin think you might play anything modern. Ain't nobody got time for that.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic gumbo View Post
    It's important to use retro style design if you play that retro style music, so folks don't even to begin think you might play anything modern. Ain't nobody got time for that.
    You don't want one of them modern artists turning up and painting you when you are posing for your cover.

    Designing your Bands Artwork-jim-hall-jazz-guitar-jpg

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    Wanna keep up with this...
    I've just updated my Bands Facebook Profile Pic for the new year, wated to share it with you:
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    trying to get a bit more of some kind of art deco look.

    Paul

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    the musician characters look awesome

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    Hi guys,

    This is my day job! Well, doing graphic art for others that is.

    I'd love to do artwork for someone's jazz group (poster/CD) but I've not had too many opportunities. I've done a few music related illustrations/designs, but mostly as a fan or the project somehow relates to the subject (i.e. character holding guitar), so it's in my wheelhouse.

    edschlittenhardt

    So, I'm going to put this out there if anyone wants to seriously collaborate in the business of doing an illustration/design for their band. I've done a lot of kid-related art, but you can see that there are some music pieces in my portfolio. I wouldn't push my services here but since this topic came up, I'll reveal a bit more about myself beyond randomly posting things that allude to my jazz guitar hobby. PM me if you're interested.

    Let me know if this topic reply somehow inappropriate. I don't think it is...again, not trying to push my freelance. It's just what I happen to do.

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    Also, while we're on this topic, one of my all-time favorite designers who does posters for bands. Michel Casarramona out of Switzerland! Top-notch illustrator and designer!!

    Michel Casarramona - Illustration & Grahpic Design

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    I made a very simple poster that we now use for the social media, with our name as a logo that we also use on the website, our cards and FB-page:

    Last edited by Little Jay; 01-21-2019 at 09:05 AM.

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    Made a new design scheme for this year.
    Designing your Bands Artwork-next-live-dates-announcer-jpg

    Our logo (the pipe smoking black cat) is based on my cat Miles. He passed away in January, so I decided to use a portrait of him.

    Paul

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    Just because i haven't posted it on here yet: to make up for all the cancelled dance-events we'd normally play we recorded an Album.
    I reworked the Design I posted earlier to a Cover, and I really like how it turned out!
    Spent a lot of time with dirt textures


    Paul

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    Not so much art work but more dtp perhaps, but I am proud of the album design I made for Eva La Voix, my jazzy/poppy group around singer Eva Lavooij (album release postponed due to Covid 19 unfortunately, but some tunes are already out on Spotify):



    Last edited by Little Jay; 08-18-2020 at 05:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    Just because i haven't posted it on here yet: to make up for all the cancelled dance-events we'd normally play we recorded an Album.
    I reworked the Design I posted earlier to a Cover, and I really like how it turned out!
    Spent a lot of time with dirt textures


    Paul
    Love the ‘aging’! Well done!

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    Terrific posters and graphics. Thanks for sharing.

    Before Covid, I played weekly (weakly?) in a trio. Having worked in printing for many years, I made some graphics for the band. Our repertoire wandered from early jazz to standards with a slightly more modern feel. These two graphics show how I tried to express the different styles.

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    A study of the painting and printmaking greats is fun.

    Most of here have probably heard of Marty Grosz, the son of George, but not many know about Jan Dix (1928 to 2019), the son of Otto Dix. The Dix family was already jazz- and swing-mad at a time when you could end up in a concentration camp for it.
    After the war Jan studied music and became a professional jazz trumpet player, but was naturally also fond of the fine arts through his parents' influence. He completed additional training as a goldsmith and then went on to study art. Just like Marty Grosz blessed with wit, charm and humor, he played trumpet well into old age.

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    Here a short musical clip from Jan's 1950's period in Munich-Schwabing:


    The question remains how Otto Dix could have sounded on the banjo, here a picture of him playing with his children:

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    Even more interesting would be the question of how Otto Dix's stark pictures from the Weimar Republic might have sounded at the time, or what motifs the father could have designed in terms of his beloved jazz music ...





    I have to see everything. Also the very unsympathetic, the very stinky dirty, [...] all the shallows of life. - Otto Dix
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