Inward Creature Album Art

Delving into mixed media collage and photography with the freaky album artwork for Inward Creature's cassingle release

Graphic Design, Layout and Digital Photography — 2016

With a specific concept in mind, I set out to make my idea a reality. This project had me working hands-on with an array of Technicolor silly string, pastel sprinkles, and a vintage magazine ad for 'Night Cream', whatever that is.

Album cover concept development for Dick Stusso's Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues

With previous digital collage efforts I spent hours searching bottomless Google Image search results for source imagery. This time around my concept was too specific to find the subject matter floating around on the internet, so I set out to collect, arrange, and photograph the elements myself.

Album cover concept development for Dick Stusso's Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues

First, I tracked down a vintage beauty ad featuring a young woman staring blissfully off into space. The portrait was taken from the perfect angle for what I intended to do — pop her face off, revealing a hollow cavity of her head behind her. I searched for the ad on eBay and there it was! A couple days later it arrived at my doorstep. I acquired sprinkles and a few different colors of silly string at a nearby grocery store and I was ready for my photoshoot.

Album cover concept development for Dick Stusso's Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues

I scanned the vintage ad and selected the best photos I had captured with my digital camera. Once the images were in Photoshop, I isolated them from their backgrounds and began to blend them into a single composition. For me, the most exciting part of creating collages is the way elements interact and combine into something entirely new.

Reverse of Dick Stusso Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues album jacket design
Vinyl mockup of Dick Stusso Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues

Inward Creature also asked me to create a design based off of the album artwork that they could print onto shirts and sell while on tour. My goal here was to create a design that I would want to wear myself — and I'm pretty picky. I penciled out a simplified line drawing of my original collage then scanned it in and vectorized it in Illustrator. The final graphic depicts the 'pop-face girl' from the album art in a simplified manner with glowing minty eyes that really pop!

Vinyl mockup of Dick Stusso Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues
Vinyl mockup of Dick Stusso Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues