For a while now, I've wanted to design an album cover for either a mixed CD or an artist that I enjoy. A couple months ago, I stumbled upon the UK artist, Jake Bugg and I found his voice and style both unique and inspiring.
Even though he is a modern artist, his voice sounds something like the 60's country/folk/indie music of years past. It sounds like it belongs on a vintage record instead of an iTunes music file. Needless to say, I instantly fell in love.
I decided to focus on Jake Bugg for my album cover design, wanting to make something reflecting the era that his music sounds like it's from.
Firstly, I went and researched some album covers which most resembled the look I had in mind, both in imagery, text, and colour scheme.
After finding these, I noticed that they really had a sepia theme (or similar muted tones), often had all caps (more serif font instead of sans-serif) and sometimes with cursive font to pair, and really had a rustic feel.
For the title, I have this text effects bundle that I bought, so I chose a few that I thought might fit best, trying out different type fonts.
Next, I decided to paint at least elements of the album cover with watercolour to help with that rustic, tactile feel of those vintage album covers. The image that I had in my mind was a sepia toned background with a brick wall on which Jake Bugg was casually leaning or sitting on, perhaps with his guitar in hand. So, I went and painted that, a long with little tidbits which I could add on where ever on the cover, especially the back.
I then brought it into Adobe Photoshop, added the title, song titles, and everything else.