For this challenge I thought it would be fun to interpret a lyric, phrase, or quote and create a design based off the words we had picked. We both decided on using song lyrics. Like most folks music motivates and lyrics often inspire visuals. Here’s some Dripsblack trivia: Some of you may not know this, but before we were setting things to motion, we were setting things ablaze on various Florida stages in the rock and roll band, Stitch of Carmine.
For my design I decided on using lyrics from the song "Nights Like These" by Lucero. The album Tennessee reminds me of a great creative time in the beginning of the studio. We were producing some of our first works, and this album was the soundtrack to a lot of writing.
The line I chose from the song made me think about a scene where someone has been alone in thought for a while. Someone that is having a hard time expressing his thoughts of affection. Spilt, crushed, and broken were the images I came up with. I ended up doing two versions. For both treatments, I wanted to create illustrations that felt graphic with a strong contrast.
This version was a 3d solution. The process here was basically creating and using elements and moving them and the camera around until I found something that I was happy with. I also decided to keep the elements on a white surface to create a stronger graphic image.
The second version is hand drawn. I wanted this approach to feel like a poster design, cutout, or something printed. My process for both were planned in the composition. For this I used a photo reference. I drew a loose contour of the beer can, refined and digitally inked, and then added in color.
The text was based off a font. I redrew and created a blockish and crude version. The liquid was used to vignette the type and create a more balanced composition. Here's the final illustration.
It was great working on this challenge. Not only was it nice to get a chance to flex my design muscles without any parameters, but it was an overall fun exercise. Hope you guys enjoy!
Here's what Bill had to say about the experience:
This design challenge was a rough one for me! It took way longer than it should have to narrow down a lyric to illustrate. But in the end there was a passage in this song that has always stuck with me.
Before I say anything else, I should admit that I’ve heard this lyric incorrectly for years. I've always heard “Your whisper is like a bridge”. It wasn’t until I was really close to finishing the design I figured out I’d had it wrong all along. You’ll notice most of the progress images have the lyric wrong!
My personal understanding of the lyric is that a father’s guidance can lift us over obstacles in our lives. With that in mind, the more I sketched and mocked up concepts, the more it became obvious that I was going to have a hard time escaping a literal interpretation of a bridge. Since I settled on an obvious visual, I decided to attack its representation in the most minimalist way possible so I could focus on typography, layout, and color instead of illustration.
My first intention was to have the simple linear iconic bridge, and create the “river” with the lyrics themselves which would leave the bridge as a clear path through the clutter. When I pushed that idea, I decided it just was too much similarly weighted line work and not enough contrast. So I redirected, and filled the water in solid and put the lyrics on the bridge itself.
I was happy with the general idea, but the type was driving me nuts. I knew I wanted a heavier modern typeface for the important words and a smaller script for the others. But it felt like cheating to use an out of the box script font, and I ended up creating one from scratch.
Once I was happy with the layout and type, I added dimension to the water and settled on a color that fit the mood. Here's the final!
Thanks for taking a look. Hope you enjoyed it! If you are interested in hearing the songs that inspired these designs, check them out below!
Here's an added bonus. A classic Stitch of Carmine track.