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Melinda and the Night Sky – "Say What You Mean"
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Say What You Mean


The “Say What You Mean” Single Cover artwork for Melinda and the Night Sky, released officially on 9/4/2020 – be sure to listen!

First off, I love research. I love themes. I love a good subliminal message, and an obvious one, too. Once in awhile I get to work on a project where the client says “listen to the song and based on whatever inspiration takes you, create art” 😍. Now sometimes that’s super difficult, but when it comes to music, that’s my sweet spot.

Listening to “Say What You Mean” I picked up on keywords plus the feeling and vibes I was getting. Hearing how the words sounded in pictures, ya’ know? I felt the need for trust, the no lies, the honesty, and though it wasn’t outright spoken – “say no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” was one of the first visual concepts that shot into my eyes. Just say what you mean! 😁

I illustrated White Chrysanthemums – which symbolize truth, loyal love. Daffodils for new beginnings and rebirth – strong, resilient. A snake – you know, lies, sneaky, Say What You Mean! The Sun – truth! And other little symbols.


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A few of the initial concepts
The initial redraw with various face options
The approved sketch vs. the semi-final redraw [excluding the three women]
The finish refinement vs the color color editing + highlights/shadows
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Melinda and the Night Sky – "Say What You Mean"
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Nina Zivkovic

Melinda and the Night Sky – "Say What You Mean"

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