Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes - student project

Hi, I'm Kari from the ATL.

Alabama Shakes is an American soul-rock band from Alabama. Brittany Howard (lead singer) has such a wonderful, rich and soulful voice. Unfortunately, they aren't playing in my neck of the woods anytime soon, but would love to see them when they do.

Here's their current Album Cover Art:

Alabama Shakes - image 1 - student project

Here's a logo/graphic displayed on apparel/stickers/patches from their site:

Alabama Shakes - image 2 - student project


1. I'd love to work on an illustrated portrait of Brittany Howard. She really is the jem of the band and has a beautifully interesting look that would be super fun to draw.

2. Use the rattlesnake theme they already have going on, but take a different approach. I was thinking of focusing in on the rattle (as opposed to the whole snake) - maybe creating some sort of pattern (come to think of it now - their album cover could be read as an abstract representation of a snake rattle).

3. Rock n' Roll Church - juxtaposing religious and rock n' roll imagery

4. Combination of the above

Some Initial Doodles:

Snake Scale Pattern:

Alabama Shakes - image 3 - student project

Text Heavy / Abstract rattling:

Alabama Shakes - image 4 - student project

Generic Portrait:

Alabama Shakes - image 5 - student project

"Rock n' Roll Church" Inspiration:

The Tabernacle in Atlanta would be the perfect venue for the Alabama Shakes. It was orginally a Baptist Tabernacle Church in the late 1800s and is now a major concert venue - The perfect representation of a Rock n' Roll Church.

Alabama Shakes - image 6 - student project

The Madonna (classic religious icon):

Alabama Shakes - image 7 - student project


Concept: Rock n' Roll Church - The organ is a reference to the venue.

Alabama Shakes - image 8 - student project

Alabama Shakes - image 9 - student project

These are rough photoshop sketches - After I decide on the final composition, I want to work on illustrating the poster by hand and maybe incorporating different media.