Simon Kennedy Band Album Cover Design
CD cover artwork created for a blues band.
Simon Kennedy BandSkills:
Graphic Design + Music Artwork
I created this album cover artwork for the Simon Kennedy Band, a guitar and organ-driven blues band.
The cover artwork shows a stylised cover illustration of a stunt rider ramping over a line of cars designed to portray the concept of the album title ‘All or Nothing’.
Firstly, Steve was a pleasure to deal with, secondly he managed to produce exactly what I was looking for. Highly recommended.
Simon Kennedy – Simon Kennedy Band
Photos of the CD cover design
For the cover illustration, I sourced and combined a whole bunch fo different images. This included everything from the background landscape, different elements of the rider and even a range of cars that could be lined up while matching perspectives, lighting and colour values. Even for the rider himself, I needed to add the cape and incorporate a lot of different items to complete the bike design.
The band wanted the design to have a heavily stylised style, with a restricted colour palette used. So once all the photographic elements had been combined, I then increased the contrast of the image and created clear foreground and background elements to give the whole design some depth. Once all the levels of the different images matched, I used the posterise effect to simplify the design further. This ensured that when the design was imported into Illustrator to be retraced, I had a clear idea of what the final artwork would look like.
The design was further tweaked within Illustrator to correct some line-work and make subtle layout changes so that the Artist name and album title fitted well with the overall design.
For the back cover, similar elements were used, but subtle changes made to show it as a continuation of the ramp with the rider landing safely. The cape was realigned and atmospheric dust added to show the bike landing and another car added with a different perspective to show it was at the end of the line of cars shown on the front cover.
TypographyWe tried out several fonts and typefaces for the design. After settling on this one for the artist name, I customised the Es and As with small flourishes to add some additional visual interest and ensure that it really pops off the page.
Use the slider below to switch between the customised type and the original font.
Lyric Booklet DesignThe booklet is designed to be clean and simple so that the lyrics are front and centre.
Photos of the CD booklet design
Alternative Concepts for the Cover Design
As an album cover designer, it’s often important to provide the client with a few different ideas.
The artwork shown below shows some initial concepts I produced before we decided to go with the stunt man artwork.