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ALBUM ARTWORK: the making of BLACK SWIFT: The World Howls

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Black-Swift-CD-Cover(edit)
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I thought I'd share the process of working on the album artwork for my latest release "The World Howls" with my band.  The title comes from a song called "The World Howls."  The song has to do with a neighbor's dog who was constantly next door howling and who came to symbolize the suffering I saw in India.   I wanted the cover to visually have a connection with this song.  I had already made many collages to visually represent this song, and had experimented a little with those (see left), but it wasn't quite there. I thought, maybe I could merge my face with a dogs face to have some howling. So, I printed out some copies of my big mouth, and brought it down to my studio and starting playing around with the collage and text.

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It's funny how sometimes, those art coincides happen.  I had many images already cut out on my table, and the flowers just seemed to work perfectly.  Then the tulip tongue happened- and it was all very exciting!  It's the moments within art that one hopes and dreams for- the moments when through work and perserverance things come together.  I sent the sketches to my guitarist/incredible designer (about to launch his own design business) David Arzt.  He gave me some tips, and I went on to create a full head of flowers.

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In the end the finished collage looked like this:

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The-World-Howls-Art

The framed original artwork is also for sale HERE:

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The-world-howls-art

After the cover was done, I moved onto the full CD Booklet design.  Since I had begun a couple years before making collages that visually represented my songs, I had a lot of material to work with- and wanted the end product to be something between a mix of an art catalog, and a CD.  So the designing began.  I chose from my collages and had an image to visually represent each song.  I'm going to be completely honest with you: I'm super proud of how this turned out- and not just the artwork, the songs sound GREAT!  You can order it HERE

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