Inspired By: Patrick Stump – Soul Punk

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This was a project I did for the anniversary of Soul Punk, a solo album from Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.  I did an album redesign because I love album art and I figured that would be a good way to celebrate the anniversary of Soul Punk.  I love making album art and I had such a good time with this project.  The design on the left is mine and the other is the original album cover (property of Island Records).

So to start I wanted to keep the yellow boxes because they’re the focal point of the album.  I also wanted to keep a picture of Patrick Stump on the album cover since it is his album.  I made the yellow boxes smaller and filled them with different pieces of the original album: 3 sections from the skyline and the final piece from the shadow on the ground behind Stump.  The thin parts of the boxes are filled with text from the title of the album and the artist.  I changed the colors of the text  to match the skyline.  I found a picture of Stump from the Soul Punk era and made it white and black.  The background I made a solid black originally, then took it and added some noise and a stained glass filter.

This is one of my favorite designs I’ve ever done because I really enjoyed the music from the album and I chose to do this project for fun with no time limit and no guidelines.  I had a lot of fun listening to Soul Punk for the first time while designing this piece.  The music is very interesting and a very different style than Fall Out Boy.  I encourage you to give it a listen at least once over because it is a really great album.  It’s been added to the Inspired By Playlist!

Inspired By: Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll

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This piece was done for one of my beginner graphic design classes.  Also, right around this time, I  had started listening to Fall Out Boy.  For this assignment we had to take inspiration from Mike Joyce’s Swissted project.  Swissted is an ongoing project that combines Bauhaus style designs for old concert and music posters.  It’s honestly one of my favorite design series and Mike Joyce is one of my favorite designers.  For this project, my Professor told us to each pick an album and following Joyce’s example, turn it into a Bauhaus inspired poster design.  So I chose to do my Bauhaus inspired design on Fall Out Boy’s album Save Rock and Roll, which was their first album after coming back from a three year hiatus.  On the left is my Save Rock and Roll inspired poster and on the right is Fall Out Boy’s actual album cover design (not my image, property of Island and Decaydance Records).

I started this piece by looking at what colors took up most of the design.  I noticed that two of the main colors were black and maroon.  I also noticed several different browns and the white of the text and the smoke.  I tried to balance the black and maroon as they were in the original album artwork.  I added a thick black vertical line to the left, and a slightly thinner horizontal maroon line at the top.  I also used maroon as an accent color to prevent the piece from being too bland.  I chose two different tans, one darker, one lighter, both very similar to the ground in the album artwork and broke it up into two big chunks since the ground is a large area in the original artwork.  The darker brown that I used for some of the thinner lines was taken from the blurred part of the background.  The white in most of the text is taken from the white of the text in the album art.  The grey-blue of the “Save Rock” was taken from the left boy’s jeans.

The font for the Fall Out Boy on the left of my design, is very similar to that of the actual album art.  I wanted to keep the primary font as close to the original as I could so that it would translate between the two images.  I chose the font for “Save Rock and Roll” different from the title font, because I wanted the band name to be the primary focus of the design.  I chose that font because it was a sans serif like the original, but not as serious as the typeface used for the band name.  Looking back now, I might have chosen a different typeface for “Save Rock and Roll” but I don’t mind the font I chose a few years ago.

I don’t remember if I listened to the album specifically while working on this piece, but it’s influences can be seen in the original artwork which is where I got my inspiration from.  I added the whole album to the Inspired By Playlist and I hope you’ll give it a listen.  This album is one of my favorite all time albums.  I also encourage you to check out Mike Joyce and his Swissted project if you have the chance because his work is amazing and he’s been such an inspiration to me.  Overall, I think this is one of my most favorite musically inspired pieces because of the beautiful simplicity of it and because it’s artwork for one of my favorite bands.

Inspired By: We’ll Be a Dream – We the Kings feat. Demi Lovato

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This is one of the first artworks I did that was related to music.  I was taking a class called 2D Design and Color as a freshman in college.  Every week, my professor gave us a visual journal entry to do.  These visual journal entries were to be done in mixed media including paint, drawing, text, magazine cutouts, and anything else you could find.  It could be anything that fit under that particular theme.  I’m not sure what this one was but I remember being inspired by one song in particular.

Again, since I don’t remember this particular theme I can only assume.  It could have been about love…that seems to be my best guess here.  I was inspired by the song, “We’ll Be a Dream” by We the Kings featuring Demi Lovato.  That song has a very pretty and light melody to it.  The lyrics also inspired my design of this particular piece.  There are several references to dreams, night, and love in this particular song as well as being safe with someone.  I listened to the song on repeat and designed as I listened to it.  After a little bit of time, you start to feel the song and understand the lyrics.

In the background on the left, there’s cutouts of a poem I wrote about someone I had liked a lot. He was a guy from high school that was nice to me and I thought we had something.  I’m also a poet so sometimes I incorporate my poetry into my designs as well.  Also in the background are images I felt were relevant to the piece: stars, shiny diamonds, words that were relevant to the song, and images that added texture to the background such as the crumpled hill on the bottom right.

Overtop of those background images I applied paint going from a dark blue to a light blue and then finally to yellow.  The colors escalated that way because the song mentions dreaming and lights going out several times.  It has a very hopeful melody that made me think of a happiness at the end which is why the yellow is in the top right corner.  I also cut out several couples from magazines to show this sort of dream-like love that the song talks about.  My original plan was to keep them all faceless or have them with their backs turned since I didn’t want it to be any sort of specific couple.  There are two couples looking at stars whose backs are to the viewer and one other couple looking that I chose to show their faces because I had gone over a lot of that area in dark paint and wanted them to stand out.  The seated couples have white outlines on them sort of like thought bubbles as if they were in someone’s daydream.  I also wanted to show that love was the main idea of the piece by adding red and pink hands that looked like hands holding each other in the shape of a heart.

I chose to show the words “We’ll be a dream” because other than that being the name of the song I was inspired by, it sort of was the theme of the piece.  This was my interpretation of love that was very dream-like…sort of as if it was in someone’s daydream.  This was very close to me personally because this kind of daydream love was the only kind of romantic love that I had known: love in a very beautiful, hopeful dream.

This was the first of many musically inspired design pieces that I did.  It helped me to discover my design style.  I’ll add the song to a playlist of all the songs that I mention in this “Inspired by” series.  Enjoy!