2016 Top Music

At the end of every year I like to recap the music I enjoyed. I can never narrow it down to a top 10 so below are the albums that I enjoyed and a song from each. We’ll go in alphabetical order. (Although I will preface this post that my favorite albums of the year are from Travis Scott / Inter Arma / The Lumineers / O’Brother).

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Frank Ocean / Blonde

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Inter Arma / Paradise Gallows
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J Cole / 4 Your Eyez Only
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Kendrick Lamar / untitled unmastered.
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Leonard Cohen / You Want It Darker
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The Lumineers / Cleopatra
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Nails / You Will Never Be One Of Us
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O’Brother / Endless Light
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Radiohead / A Moon Shaped Pool
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Stranger Things Soundtrack
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Travis Scott / Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
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The Weeknd / Starboy
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Akron Anthology Process

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.

Akron Anthology Process

Akron Anthology Process

I went home, emptied out as much river water as possible, photographed the tire and moved onto the typography.

Akron Anthology Process

Akron Anthology Process

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.

Akron Anthology Process

Akron Anthology Process

Akron Anthology Process

Akron Anthology Process

And there you have it. The story behind the cover.

Akron Anthology Process

Akron Anthology Process

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…

http://beltmag.com/10229-2/

Lovebirds Book 1 Preview and process

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.

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Lovebirds Book 1 Preview

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PROCESS

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.

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Below are a couple process pics of making a cover image, ink splatting and color studies over quick layouts.

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process

Lovebirds Book 1 Process