The records I chose to design for Earshot’s Art On Record exhibit were the blast from the past 80’s band, the Hooters “Nervous Nights” album and “52nd Street” by Billy Joel.
I researched the artists, studied the lyrics and covers which influenced my sketches and artistic direction. For the Hooter’s album, I used muted monochromatic blues and flesh colors which was a similar palette of the original album cover. With the circular designs and the alternating use of wallpaper and colored pencils as my media, I played around with a visual pun of the word, Hooters. Inspired by Billy Joel’s album cover and the song, “Big Shot” with lyrics, “Go on and cry in your coffee, But don’t come bitchin’ to me,” I incorporated a map of NYC with neutral colors and went with a retro New York City coffee shop feel. The multi-media composition included oil pastels, paint, wallpaper, paper, graphite, and wood tape.
Since vinyl is a slippery surface and doesn’t lend itself to paint very well, I primed the records so the paint and materials would adhere to the record. It created a rough texture that I really enjoyed drawing and painting on. As I was working, I let some of the record grooves show through therefore incorporating them into the artwork. I also scratched away some of the paint to subtly reveal either the title of the album or the artist underneath to pay homage to the artist.
Working with plastic was a little surface challenging, but as an artist it was inspiring and definitely worth the venture. From the unique feel of the grooved texture and round “canvas”, to the idea of up cycling a record and memories from my past, I was “Lovin’ Every Minute of it.”