Mal W.

Illustrator, designer and maker of picture books.

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Kate Miller-Heidke CD cover concept

I've been struggling with the balloon a little. I know it should be a flat Illustrator style graphic, but it just wasn't working. I've placed in a photo of a vintage balloon just to see what it might look like. I like the fact that it creates a contrast between the three dimensional balloon and the flat background. Its still unfinished though as I need to draw up a female figure to go in the balloon's basket. Anyway, this is where I'm up to with it at the moment.

Below: A little more development, playing with colour and texture. I'm feeling a bit happier with the blue colour here. It's starting to look a little more magical.

Cover Art

Below: Developing the digital work - Using scanned paper textures, playing with colour etc.

Sketches

These are some initial sketches. The album explores melancholic themes, but sounds really beautiful. As its titled 'Nightflight', I'd like to weave that into the visual. To capture the theme of loneliness / long flights / being in transit etc, expressed in the album, I thought an illustration of a single hot air balloon travelling through a beautiful and vast night sky might effectively capture those elements. I think a hot air balloon also looks kind of whimsical, a little like Kate Miller-Heidke's music. 

Mood Board / Research

I was stuck for ideas about what band or artist to go with for this, but I was listenining to Kate Miller-Heidke's 'Nightflight' the other night, so I've decided to run with that.

The original CD cover is pictured in my mood board above. The songs throughout 'Nightflight' meditate 'on homesickness, mortality, love and surrender.' So the album itself sounds a little melancholic, but really beautiful at the same time.

My mood board is a little bit old school... Yes, I cut and pasted into a visual diary like a college student, but it allowed me to splash a little watercolour around to explore some colours that may suit the tone of the album.

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