[updated] Savoy Room 2.0 continues…

>>> posted on June 23 2017 <<<

EXTRA! EXTRA!
This July the 16th they’ll play at Big Rivers Festival in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
So of course a new banner was needed to announce the big news:

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Keep an eye on their Facebook page, because there will be more news announced very soon….

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>>> posted on March 5 2017 <<<
Can’t believe I haven’t shared this yet on this blog.

My cousins jazz band Savoy Room is working on its second album for a little while now.
Because it has been a few years ago they made their first, they wanted a new identity, slightly more mature and more meaningful.

I developed a new logo style and some imagery for their communication and for their future album cover. But more about that later…

Until their new single is released they will use this profile picture and banner on their social media.

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The Sugar Plum Fairy

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It has almost been two months ago I made this drawing and attended the MATS childrens book cover competition, but I didn’t want to keep it from you (and the blog).

The given title for the fictional book was “The sugar Plum Fairy’s Adventure” and this is my approach:

Russia 1890s ….

This story is about a girl who had two great loves; ballet and eating sugar plums.
One day she ate her mothers entire stock of sugar plums and ended up being in a plum herself.
Because she couldn’t dance anymore with this big “plum belly” she reached out to the people in the village and asked them if they wanted a piece of the plum. Unfortunately nobody was interested….
The mayor, for instance, had his own sugar plum – pineapple flavored -addiction when he was a child and still wasn’t covered from his yellow skin.
She had to find other ways….

Because my proces of getting to the above result was full of sketching, colouring, making  “kill-your-darling”decisions, learning about time-management and lots of other things I’d like to share this with you in the next photos.

The Sugar Plum Fairy appeared in the ballet the Nutcracker, written by Tchaikovsky, and stood for all that was sweet. It seemed a nice starting point for my story and imagery.
I collected a lot of pictures on Pinterest…

 
I selected a few for my colour palette…

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Now I had the story in mind, the characters, the mood and colours, the sketching could begin…
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I scanned al the images, blackened them in Photoshop and placed them in Illustrator to find the right composition. There were so many objects to work with, so Illustrator seemed the best way to use. I also learned I loved my new fine working printer ….

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Using my colour scheme and coloured pencil (OMG it has been too long I did use them….) to colour the characters. During this, I must say, very therapeutical colouring I listened to some of the Jealous Curator “Art For Your Ears” podcasts I recently stumbled upon (although she’s been interviewing for a few years now). What a brilliant combination…..

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The coloured arch above was added after the next photo, where I first tried to think of the best colour combination matching the leading character, roughly coloured in Illustrator.

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But then I thought…..Oh…no…..what about the other characters….They HAVE to be on my cover…..all that work! For nothing??!! Oh no!

To question or convince my troubled mind about ‘yee or nee’ colours, while the world outside was still on fire and Trump was slowly marching to the “President Elect” spot, I made a quick sketch of how my coloured characters would appear on the cover:

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Oh no!

I made up my mind. Didn’t  I want old style characters…think….old brownish, slightly damaged photographs… One and one is two… And a little lavender for the plum.

Done!

 

 

 

Intergalantic Worms

This is my submission for the Make Art That Sells (part A, bolt fabric) in cooperation with Uppercase Magazine. The assignment was to illustrate a cover for a new Uppercase Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide (part 2) – a mouth full.

I wanted to create a pattern with strange looking creatures trying to be pretty, in a futuristic scenery.

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This is some music…save a prayer

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Eagles of Death Metal – Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
album: Zipper Down

extra note:
I love this track thanks to Studio Brussel, because after the attacks in Paris on the 13th of November the number was their ‘song of the week’.  And although it sounds corny, the thought of the horrible events of that night with the presence of EODM in Bataclan makes me still getting goosebumps over and over again while listening.

Sneak-a-Peak artwork Savoy Room

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The first coming out of the artwork for Savoy Room’s new album! It will be out soon, so they’re having a pre-release tour as you can see. At the moment we’re fine-tuning the cover and medio September it will be printed. Exciting!

Savoy Room plays ‘fresh Jazz Afro Latin Funk’ as they call their music themselves. You can follow them by liking their Facebook page and check their latest gigs, releases and music.