This post is throwing it back to 2015 when I went to the national AIGA Conference in New Orleans. This was my first time traveling to New Orleans (solo too) and the number of horror stories people told me about their trips made me laugh... I thought the city was absolutely charming.
I took both a black and white and color film with me. The city was incredibly inspiring to shoot in and I was able to get a few sketches in during some down time.
Introducing the barn swallow. A bird I am no longer friends with after one attacked my head. But, I digress.
Bird 5: The Barn Swallow
I took a little more liberty on the background with this one. Painting a random texture then overlaying some different shapes with a white pen. I also wanted something tactile in it, something that could be touched - so there are a few embroidery stitches added to the wing.
San Antonio holds a special place in my heart as a native Texan. It's not the most glamorous city in the state, but it is unique and has a lot of true and somewhat gritty personality. I love the influence of Mexican culture and the history of the city - the integration of the River Walk and the historical sites. Though, there is a giant shopping mall across from the Alamo now (boo), but the Pearl Brewery site was a fun place to explore.
I got one good day of photos in before it flooded and only used one color roll, mostly at the Missions sites. One thing I failed to do this time was my fingers out of the lens. But hey, I'm still learning!
Simple geometrics in design has been a big trend for a while. Not only in album covers, but in apparel, the over simplification in branding and logos, especially to a flat design. I liked that these covers take those shapes, but blur the lines. Albums: Tycho, Chrome Sparks, Broken Bells, Drones.
Sometimes a bad day happens. The hard drive on my computer failed and I just needed to make something happy. The mockingbird wasn't even on my list of birds to paint, but it was a much needed color exploration. I busted out some bright/neon paints that I rarely use and took a more abstract approach to this annoyingly loud state bird.