Prairie Iguana

Title: Negotiating the Prairie Iguana

Originally this was meant to be a diptych,like the other I had done. Aside from liking triptych and diptych, there was also a practicality angle (in terms of shipping) bc I have the materials for shipping 5"x7" prints, but not 8"x10". But I decided that breaking the images into two halves doesn't work for the flow of the composition. So I reformatted this as well as "We Shall Pop A Cap" to 8"x10". I'll likely have these printed on a glossy stock as it provides scratch protection, which these bigger prints may need. Once they're under glass, the difference in surface finishing to the 5"x7" becomes a non issue.

"Devil's Rodeo"

Title: Better Adversity's Burden, than Beast

The devil and cowboy are from the CD art, with some very minor edits and the additional background added. I find myself making the backgrounds on this sub-series lighter than "Butterbroda" proper...not sure why that is, but I'm sticking to it.

"Devil's Rodeo" is a song title from the album "The Sporting Life" by Diamanda Galás and John Paul Jones (bass, Led Zeppelin). The album was released in the early 90's and was one of my favorites back then and I still listen to it from time to time. The music is comprised of Galás (vocals), Jones (bass), drums and occasional piano and organ. Instrumentally,  the sound is driven by the bass, which sometimes takes on tones of Morphine (circa "Cure for Pain")...I always enjoy when bass takes the forefront. Galás provides uncompromising vocals which morph between the sound of voice and instrument. Give her a listen:

More from the West

Title: "Our Intentions  Carved a Path of Rave and Ruin"

Another for the Butterbroda—Westerly Strut sub series. Originally I created this for the "Chasing Giants" CD, but it was sidelined  for another pict. The colors were in a different combo, and I swapped out the cream background for a solid blue to make the silhouettes of the guns stand out.

More CD art

Below is more artwork for the Jennie Arnau CD, "Chasing Giants," packaging. The CD will be sold in a digipak, which is a wraparound case, made with heavy paper stock. The advantage of the digipak is that it allowed me to create a single wraparound image, like the front and back covers of a book. Wraparound cover image

The packaging also required a  liner note book, containing three inner spreads with front and back covers.  Since the lyrics were relatively long, I created free-floating art that I could place around the text and tie together with flourishing lines and rope designs. The rope designs were one of my favorite additions to this style, fitting perfectly into the western theme and adding another level of embellishment, which helped provide both flow and cohesion.

One spread from the multi-page liner notes

I treated the CD label similar to the liner notes spreads, with floating art and scrolling designs to create motion and fill the space while keeping a sense of overall airiness.

CD label art

Including the front and back cover, liner notes and CD label, I also provided artwork for the CD tray and inside flap which holds the liner notes.

The tracks from "Chasing Giants" are available on itunes and, the actual CD may not be in stores for a few more months. Thanks again to Jennie and Tamara for giving me the creative freedom to go where my imagination took me.