Don’t Judge an Album by its Cover?–extra credit blog post

“A good record cover will stop you dead in your tracks, and make you curious not only about the music it accompanies, but about the artist who created it. Album art is often our first introduction to a band’s latest collection of songs, giving a visual aspect to the sonic creations inside the sleeve.”

Album cover art!  Yes, Hopefully we are buying albums for the Music and not for the cover; however, many of the albums playing in Starbucks or stuck in your parent’s basement had help from some serious album artists. I understand that although vinyl is making a comeback, actually buying a hard copy of an album is sadly a thing of the past. However, from a vinyl shopper’s perspective coming across a beautiful album cover can really grab some attention. (Especially when searching through crates and crates of similar looking records.) Although the true beauty of an album cover is more prominent when acting as a sleeve for a 12”, even digital downloads allow listeners to be taken by a great album cover.

Many artists take on the daunting task themselves! While others enlist help from friends, band mates or local illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Unfortunately the masterminds behind these beautiful works occasional go unnoticed; however, a surprising amount of these artists are extremely well known in their field while are just used to holding a set of drumsticks.

Artist: Justin Vernon, Bon Iver, Bon Iver 2011

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Artist: Samuel Beam, Iron & Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean, 2011

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Artist: William O’Brien, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, 2009

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Artist: Toby Liebowtiz, Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues, 2011

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Artist: Zack Nipper, Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, 2005

  • Have you ever been drawn to an album because of the album art?
  • Are you ever curious to whom the artist is?
  • Do you think the art could possibly be an advertising technique?

Some interesting links!

Check out the stories and artists that go along with the album art:

Bailey Van Horne

Action Figures

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         My first interest in Action figures started when I was a little kid watching Toy Story, Batman, Spiderman, and many other shows. I never really looked at them for anything other than something to play with. When I took this class it opened my views up to so many other things that are art instead of just pictures, paintings, and sculptures. It allowed me to look at art and appreciate it and that is what I did when I saw these pictures.
            I remember seeing something about action figures that really caught my eye and it was something I have never seen before. We all have seen action figures before, but I have not seen action figures posed in such ways. We normally see one action figure by itself and in the same pose every time we see it, but these that I happened to come across were completely different. These were set up in a way to tell a story, to let you see something happening in a moment. It allows you to infer what will happen next.
            My favorite picture is the one of Woody beating up Woody. You can see so much emotion in that picture that you really stop at look at it and begin to analyze what is happening. That is what I think art is allow about trying to be able to make you really understand what the artist is trying to tell you through the paint, picture, etc… What I really enjoy about this art is that you can take one picture and it could have a million different meanings. It is all about how you look at the picture. If we all looked at the same picture, I believe that we would all have different opinions on what is going on.
            The main reason I picked this type of art, is because it is different. It takes something that you might have in your bedroom or you sons bedroom and they create art out of it. There were only a couple of the photos that I could find who made them, but that is it anyone can do it.
Here is a place you can view the photos i’m talking about.
  • How long does it take to create something like this?
  • How much thought process goes behind each set up?
  • Does this type/kind of art appeal to you?

Kevin Twarog