Archive for the Music Category

Mach FoX “Planktoon Mixes”

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on December 2, 2014 by Kris

Mark of Mach FoX asked me to create an album cover for the latest release, “Planktoon Mixes.” He sent me the artwork that was designed by another artist, and then some video distortion effects were added, as well as the text. It turned out pretty awesome.

Foxygene “Panic Button”

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on January 26, 2012 by Kris

This is the album cover design for Foxygene’s album, “Panic Button.” It’s a remake of the album cover for Jean Michel Jarre’s “Oxygene.”

I had so much fun designing this one.

MSRP “Missile Squirrel Vs. Robo Panda”

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on January 26, 2012 by Kris

It’s always fun to design something when the instructions are to “be as ridiculous and obnoxious as possible.” The concept for this album cover was to create adorable animals that had some sort of badass special ability and could face off. The illustrations were my creations, too. I can’t take credit for thinking of “missile squirrel” and “robo panda” (the guys in MSRP thought those up).

If anything, this showcases that I can totally unlearn everything I ever learned about graphic design. Check out that visual vibration! (I am not responsible for seizures caused by this album cover).

Zwaremachine & Mach FoX Magazine Ads

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on January 26, 2012 by Kris

I designed two advertisements for Zwaremachine and Mach FoX.

Franz Ferdinand Fan Club Issue #7

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on January 26, 2012 by Kris

The seventh issue of the Franz Ferdinand Fan Club magazine has been out for some time (you can view the entire issue here) but this is the cover I designed for it.

I’ve been a bit obsessed with grey lately.

Franz Ferdinand Fan Club Issue #6

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on October 1, 2010 by Kris

It’s a bit “old news” now, but the sixth issue of the Franz Ferdinand Fan Club magazine is out now (digitally) and you can view it by clicking here. I compiled and edited the content and created the layout to look like an old-school fanzine. It was a lot of work, and I’m pretty proud of it.

I’m working on the layouts for issues seven and eight, so I’m hoping to get all of that done soon.

Say Like The French Say Interview

Posted in Graphic Design, Music, Updates on August 2, 2010 by Kris

Say Like The French Say were interviewed for Alternativ News (a French blog), and there’s a brief mention of the artwork for their album, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. Click here to read the interview (it’s in English at the bottom of the page). This is the excerpt about the artwork:

Speaking Of Sunny Day [Real Estate], what about the Diary-ish artwork?

All: Haha.
Adam: Well, to be honest…
David: Adam was skeptical at first.
Adam: Haha… David and I had been playing a lot of Lego Star Wars on the Xbox when we first started playing as a band. And I thought it’d be funny if someone did a rendering of Legos, and then David took it a step further to use real Legos.
David: Yep. And so… my friend Kris and I, and our significant others, had some beers and played with Legos, and took pictures, haha. And that’s what happened. I don’t think it was… and full disclosure here, Diary is one of my favorite albums of all time… but I don’t think that it was intended to be… It didn’t look like that until Kris took the pictures.
Tom: Those aren’t actually Legos.
David: On Diary? Yeah, those were Fisher Price people. But I can see how it would be construed as Sunny Day Real Estate, I absolutely get that. I’m not gonna lie and say “Who’s Sunny Day Real Estate?!”
Adam: And I think we’re ok with it.
David: Yeah, I’m not gonna bulls**t anybody about it.
Adam: It’s better than looking like Justin Bieber’s cover.
David: Absolutely. Absolutely… because, you know what? We’re not that pretty.
James: We’re not that pretty.
Tom: Who?
James: And he’s in town tonight! Bieber fever is here, dude.
David: You need a catchy last name like that, Adam. “Gears fever” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Adam: “Gears for Fears”?
All: Haha.

I’m so proud of those boys!

Say Like The French Say “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on June 21, 2010 by Kris

I love Legos so much. I’m a big kid when it comes to them, and I’m not afraid to admit I have a couple of totes filled with Legos that I still play with, even now. So, when the guys in Say Like The French Say approached me to do the artwork for their album, I was filled with glee.

The concept was to create Lego settings where things have gone horribly wrong. We built everything ourselves, and I took the photos when everything was done. I was just excited about using Lego flames. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a reason to use my Lego scorpion. Oh well.

This is the album cover.

This is the inside cover.

Here’s the CD.

Here’s the inside tray design. When you lift out the CD, it’s kind of like a before/after image.

And the back cover.

I had a lot of fun with this. I don’t often get to combine my childhood with graphic design.

Head over to Band Camp to download a digital version of the album, or to pre-order the CD. I suggest pre-ordering the CD so you can see the artwork first-hand! But you can download it, too.

More Gaga

Posted in Art, Music on February 11, 2010 by Kris

I finished my fifth and sixth illustrations of Lady Gaga for my ongoing series.

“Lady Gaga (Red)”

“Lady Gaga (Purple)”

When my busy schedule dies down a bit, I have ideas for another series (with different subjects, this time) but I haven’t decided if it’s going to be digital  illustrations or painted or what. I’ll see where my inspiration takes me.

I Guess I’m Ga-Ga For Gaga

Posted in Art, Music on February 3, 2010 by Kris

Apparently I’ve found my newest muse: the awesome Lady Gaga. Sparked by my first illustration of her, I’ve decided to create a series of illustrations based off of her different looks. It’s a fun project, and I’m happy with the results so far.

“Lady Gaga (Blue)”

This one is just a generic, Gaga-with-sunglasses portrayal.

“Lady Gaga (Yellow)”

This one is based off of her look in the last scene of her video for “Paparazzi” where she’s wearing the yellow bodysuit and the sunglasses that look like Mickey Mouse ears. I’m hoping that’s what people see and don’t wonder why she has tumors growing out of her head. Oh well.

I’m hoping to do at least a few more. These are fun.