I updated the web store with two new commissions and a sketch cover. Check em out! www.downpourcreative.storenvy.com
There was a portion in David Giffels introduction to The Akron Anthology that sparked the direction of my design…
“We live in a place that The American Mercury magazine, back in 1962, described as “unbeautiful.” I’ve never been able to find a better word than that for this place I love more than any other place. “Unbeautiful” doesn’t mean “ugly.” It describes something that is decidedly not beautiful (even though it is sometimes) and doesn’t need to be (even though it does sometimes).
Those were the sentences I would base my concept on. I made my list of ideas on what could represent Akron. There was a lot. I decided on something I felt was “unbeautiful.” A tire. But it couldn’t be any tire. It couldn’t be a stock photo of a tire, or one off my car, or one that I went out and bought at a garage. That was cheating. I had to get a tire from Akron. Not from an Akron tire store. I had to take it from Akron. And I knew exactly where to get it—a body of water. What could be more “unbeautiful” than prying a tire out of the ground in Akron. I took a field trip to the towpath trail and after walking the trail I hopped down near the water and pulled out a tire.
I went home, emptied out as much river water as possible, photographed the tire and moved onto the typography.
I decided to do hand-done type after many tries to make a typeface work. I had some good options, but none of them felt right. Too clean, too crisp, blah, blah. So I got out my chunky charcoal pencil and started scribbling.
And there you have it. The story behind the cover.
There’s a lot of really great writing inside this book. It’s interesting stuff if you’re not from Akron, BUT fascinating content if you are from the area. Stories about Archie the Snowman, the Black Keys, Lebron James, EarthQuaker devices, and so much more. You can order a copy here…
Album art for ETERNITIES EP Silver Age. Art was done with ink washes on arches cold press watercolor paper. You can buy the album at… http://eternities.bandcamp.com/album/silver-age
Here is the first chapter of LOVEBIRDS Book one “The Long Road” written and illustrated by David Wilson. Below the preview is a collection of process pictures with some notes. If you like what you see LOVEBIRDS is on sale at amazon here.
Character studies in sketchbook. None of these are meant to be perfect in any way. I like to do loose, quick sketches trying to capture the feel or look of a character. These drawings are more idea based than art based. Finding wardrobes, appearance quirks, etc.
Below are a couple process pics of making a cover image, ink splatting and color studies over quick layouts.
I was recently commissioned with doing some illustrations for Belt’s Cleveland Guidebook. (Available here).
New video “Cyclical Fever” for the band I drum, Eternities. We’re releasing the full album “Silver Age” next Friday at http://www.eternities.bandcamp.com