Here’s an old project from the archives that I’m fairly sure is dead in the water so I can safely post it up here. TKO approached me a couple of years ago to produce some artwork for an ep and album that they had recorded and were hoping to release.
I worked closely with the band developing some concepts around a character ‘The Busker’ from a song of theirs by the same name and created some really nice artwork. Far enough from what I originally envisaged going into the project, but very striking and moody. They released the ep, The Keystone, in early 2011 and soon after we began work on the album art. The idea would be that they were linked very closely both thematically and stylistically and the album would follow up within 6 months or so.
I believe things then stalled with the band soon afterwards. A couple of members left and enthusiasm may have waned among the remaining bandmates. The album recording was completed and this was the stage the artwork had got to when it was put on hold.
It’s been more than two years since I’ve looked at this. In hindsight I still quite like aspects of it. I’d say the basic drawing is 80% complete here and this is a rough pass at the colouring to give an idea of the atmosphere and pallette I wanted to work with. The title and lettering are no more than at the sketchy comp stage. The title was always intended to be much more decorative.
Still, it’s nice to share this work with you now. Shame it never reached completion, I would have loved to see it on the planned full 12 inch vinyl package originally envisaged!