challenge 28 : lyrical inspiration - “i got rhythm”
ethel waters was an amazing jazz vocalist who set the stage for many future jazz vocalists, defying all of the constraints that had been placed on her by society, in turn inspiring an entire future generation of jazz vocalists (and more).
and i love i got rhythm!
❝old man trouble, i don’t mind him,
you won’t find him, ‘round my door.
i got starlight, i got sweet dreams,
i got my man
who could ask for anything more?
i got rhythm, i got music
i got daisies, in green pastures
i got startlight, i got sweet dreams
i got my man
who could ask for anything more?❞
Challenge 28: Lyrical Inspiration: The Shins
I chose to illustrate “Kissing the Lipless” from The Shins’ first album, “Chutes Too Narrow.” This is a band that will brighten my mood no matter what my sorrows are, or make a happy day even better. I know they can withstand the test of time for me, because I’ve listened to them through many changes in my music taste. And I always come back The Shins.
Here are the lyrics to “Kissing the Lipless”:
Called to see if your back
Was still aligned and your sheets
Were growing grass all on the corners of your bed
But you’ve got too much to wear on your sleeves
It has too much to do with me
And secretly I want to bury in the yard
The grey remains of a friendship scarred
You told us of your new life there
You got someone comin’ around
Gluing tinsel to your crown
He’s got you talking pretty loud
You berate remember your ailing heart and your criminal eyes
You say you’re still in love
If it’s true what can be done
It’s hard to leave all those moments behind
You tested your metal of doe’s skin and petals
While kissing the lipless
Who bleed all the sweetness away
Challenge 18: Gig Poster “Dia de los Toadies”
I did a poster for one of my favorite bands from the 90’s, the Toadies. One may have heard some of their popularly played songs, such as Possum Kingdom, on the radio (which they have many, many more awesome songs). This gig poster I chose to design is for the Toadies 5th annual concert in New Braunsfels, Texas called Dia de los Toadies (which I will be attending and can not wait!). They even have a new album coming out this summer!!! Check them out if you love some 90’s rock.
Challenge 18: Gig Poster for Built to Spill
I knew, as soon as Catherine announced the challenge, that I had to do Built to Spill. I saw them for the first time at this show, standing in front, in a small setting (not to mention free!), and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I tried my best to illustrate the feeling I get from listening to their music. The reasoning behind the thin vertical format is the idea that I could illustrate posters for the other artists who performed during this free concert series. This would make a recognizable format that visually links the shows.
Listen! (And please excuse the goofy video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OzuCXxM63k
Challenge 15: Free Pick
Hey ladies and gents! finally finished my piece for the free pick challenge! It is album artwork for my friend Matt Olsson’s band. He requested a portrait and I sure do hope I did him justice. I really had fun with this one which I believe is why I went so over time on it.
Check out Matt’s music here, it’s damn swell:
Challenge 8: Jazz and Draw Teddy Wilson, “Summertime”
This will have to be brief because I’m getting ready for work, but I wanted to say that this was a fun opportunity with Jazz and Draw, and I’m so happy we were approached for it! My piece is clearly a pattern, which was inspired by Teddy Wilson’s “Summertime.” I loved the rendition of the song, and then when I was doing a bit of research, I found out that Teddy was originally from Austin. I knew I had to do something with him! I chose to create the piece this way because of the rhythms and repetitions that jazz and patterns have in common. The music itself inspired the color palette and general mood for the illustration.
Thanks again, Jazz and Draw!