Friday, February 27, 2009

Nadja - interior panel illustrations (process)




sketch (bottom, yellowish) and final (top, blue) of one of the interior illustrations that hold a loose narrative for the Nadja cd booklet.

Pretty light on color washes--was trying for a more naturalistic watercolor vibe using Painter for the linework and photoshop for the blue washes.

Sketch shows early idea of having all the creatures build from illustration to illustration -- ultimately deemed that too children's booky for this project.

This one is for their cover of Elliot Smith's Needle in the Hay. Great version.

4 comments:

dogboy443 said...

Real nice Matt. Reminds me of Jeff Smith's work, Very clean and precise. Where did the goose go in the final piece?

Matt Smith said...

thanks mark

--my original plan for the cd art had a number of illustrations where as the band members ran into all these animals, they'd follow them to the next piece--if that makes any sense.

so you'd begin with one animal--and end up with a whole bunch by the last illo.

but it's a heavy band, and the style is already pretty unique for a band like this. i ended up thinking my original concept was a bit too children's bookish.

Eric Orchard said...

Wonderful picture!

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