I suppose my techniques here are very much in line with the Abstract Expressionist movement, in that I experimented quite a bit with a variety of layers and blending modes. Images I started with:
- A vintage typewriter
- My current Mac keyboard
- 2 pictures of rain and headlights on the side-view mirror of my car
- The George Washington Bridge in NYC
I basically just layered these images using different blending modes and played around with them by zooming and rotating until I felt there was a good balance of lights, shadows, lines, text (from the typewriter and keyboard), and circles (from the typewriter keys). At one point, I copied the Red channel and selected it. I then took the inverse of that selection and then created a stroke around that. I eyedroppered a bright pink that had been created within the image, and filled that selected stroke in with that pink color. This helps to unify the colors throughout the canvas. For another unifying technique, since the George Washington Bridge image is mostly black and white with high contrast, I put it on Hue blending mode so that it leveled out a lot of the outer-lying colors. This brought the overall hue closer to a monochromatic range without actually adjusting the saturation.
The musical artist that I chose to create this album cover for is Atlas Sound. He is a one-man band basically and he mixes electronic, found, and acoustic sounds to create wonderfully peaceful, but very rich and layered music. There are times that it is very melodic and beautiful and other times that are extremely low-fi and grungy. I think that my final album cover does a good job of emulating the type of music he creates.