Brandi Galuzzi

designer + illustrator

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Josh Garrels

I want to make an album cover for one of my favorite musicians - Josh Garrels and his album Love & War & The Sea In Between

I stumbled across him years ago when he opened for another musician at a tiny concert in Boulder. It was the first time I had ever wanted the opening act to keep playing instead of the actual band/musician I was there to see.

His music has a mix of folk and hip hop vibes to it and when I listen to it I see hope/beauty/compassion/liberaton. His lyrics crete these beautiful images in your mind's eye and stir up a sense of longing while painting a natural/visceral picture. I read that some of his recent music was inspired by the landscape of the Pacific Northwest - I can definitely feel that when I listen.

I have been visualizing pacific northwest woods or beach. Something a bit ominous and beautiful. Perhaps a night scene with dark, rich colors...and strings of lights around the focal point

My mood board has a few of Josh's album covers, as well as a Jon Klassen illustration and some pacific northwest landscape.

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Got back from vacation and geeked out watching the tutorials posted by Glenn. Such an awesome learning experience to watch you work. Always wondered how you got such rich texture - thanks for sharing some of your tips and tricks with us.

Anyway, here were some of my initial sketches:

I quickly decided against the owl because I realized he's used it before in his art and it felt too trendy I guess. I went to sketching some other scenes and was trying to challenge myself by creating a piece with a bit more detail than usual. I decided against going lilteral and using the sea. I felt like the cabins were a bit out of place and kept going back to an empty forest. Ultimately I liked that sketch the best and went with it...

Here is my initial Illustrator drawing, which definitely left a lot to be desired.

And after geeking out over the videos...here is my final piece. I'm definitely open to critiques and suggestions. I realize I missed the actual class timeline, but if any of you are still lingering around looking at projects I would love your thoughts.

Thanks!

BG

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