My Final Cover

NINA ALBUM COVER

After a lot of debating between my possible record covers, I have chosen this one for my final cover. The reason I chose this one is because its simple and bold. I like the composition of the image and positioning of her face within the 12×12 inch frame and I like how my preferred text fits around it. To me, this final image looks like a cover you would see on a shop shelf or online on Spotify. As the makeup was one of my favourite parts about the shoot I feel that this shot really shows off the bold blue and the sparkles within the glitter.

Creating The Album Artwork

Thinking of an artist and album name for my images wasn’t very hard. During the planning stages of my images I had a good idea of what I wanted to name them and why. The model that I used for my photoshoot was called Nina Jones, and from the beginning I have thought that her name makes a good artists name as it is. Its simple and has the sound to it that already exists in the charts. For the album name I would call it “The Self Titled Ablum”, this idea came from the inspiration I found in artsit Dua Lipa. Her album name is Dua Lipa- The Self Titled Ablum and I like the sound it has to it.

Here are some typography designs I have been trying out-

The different types I have been choosing between are ones that I feel go with the style of my album cover, and still stand out against the bold imagery.

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Now I have been experimenting with different album covers and typography I feel more confident in knowing what one I am going to choose for my final hero shot. These are my favourite ones so I am going to carefully pick my favourite final cover out of these.

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Retouching My Edits

I picked these four as my favourite shots from my photoshoot. Opened them up in photoshop to do some slight retouching to my models face. I made her skin tone less red, darkened her eyebrows and also made the whites of her eyes a bit brighter to make the eyes and makeup stand out more. Other than those few details, I left the images as they were. Now I have edited them and added the final touches, I am going to work on the album cover style itself with typography and some graphics.

Editing My Images

After taking my images, the next stage was to select my best/favourite shots and start editing them. I used Capture One to select my best images, I carefully went through my photos from both the red and blue makeup looks and marked the best ones with a yellow marker. After I had selected them, I made some slight adjustments using the brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows tools in Capture One.

Marking My Images-

 

My favourite images from the Red makeup look- 

My favourite images from the Blue makeup look-

I went through and selected these ones as my best/favourite as they were the ones with the sharpest detail and colour. They were the most in focus and well lit, and they were also the ones with the best composition in terms of the models positioning and posing. I will now use these ones for the post production. I am going to edit them further in photoshop to sort out some minor details with her skin tone, and slo add the typography on to my album cover.

 

The Shoot

I completed my Vinyl cover shoot on Friday and it went a lot better than I expected. I am more than happy with my images, it couldn’t have gone any better in my opinion.

I was second to shoot in my group, and Louis was before me. So as a group we all set up the lighting and backdrops for his shoot. We then helped direct his shoot to get him the images he wanted. Louis used the same backdrop and lighting that I wanted so after his shoot was done we left the set as it was. During Louis’ shoot, I popped out the room to get my MUA and model ready.

I photographed two different makeup looks in my shoot, one red based and one blue. I did this to give myself more variety to play with when it came to picking my final cover.

Out of the two looks I did, I prefer the blue makeup with the red coat.  I prefer the blue because of the contrasting colours between the blue and the red. I also feel the blue gives a more dramatic look with the fur coat. I am now going to go through my images and pick my favourite shots and slightly edit some for my cover shot. I don’t want to do much editing to them because I don’t think they need it.

Narrowing Down My Vinyl Cover Style

By looking at magazine covers, music artists, album covers and gathering all this research together, it has helped me paint an image in my head of how I want my model and the fashion styling for my shoot to look. I am set on having a lot of bold colour, in the fashion and the makeup. I have been looking at using some bright coloured fur coats as they are big and create a dramatic look, with this idea, I have thought of maybe having the makeup to match the colours of the fur, to give it an edgy style.

Makeup-

For my makeup inspiration I have been looking at makeup artist Katie Ellen. I have followed her work for years and I love how creative she gets with her styles and her use of colour. I mostly like the looks she creates using red and blue. I like them because on fair/pale skin these colours really contrast with the facial features and pop on the face. I imagine that some make up looks similar to these working very well with the type of fashion I want to incorporate in my shoot and creating the perfect shot.

Fashion-

Fur is very big and very in right now, fur coats come in all colours and sizes creating a variety of looks with one dynamic piece of clothing. A bright fur coat would be perfect for my shoot in terms of making it bold and stand out. When PAPER magazine released its issue featuring Kylie Jenner, I was instantly drawn to it because of the photography and styling. I loved the look of the huge coats against a plain background, making her really stand out on the pages. It was simple yet effective. I also found interest in Kylie’s QUAYxKYLIE promotional shoot, as again, she wore a chunky fur coat against a plain background, making the images grab your attention. This is the kind of impact I want my record cover to have through the fashion styling so I am going to source some bright coloured fur coats.

Model Look-

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When thinking about what I wanted my model to look like I mainly thought about hair and skin colour. I want too bothered about facial features or anything like that, I just knew that I wanted pale skin and bold coloured hair. I wanted to have pale skin so that the makeup would stand out on their face and I wanted bold coloured hair so it would contrast with the backdrop I am using and complete the photo look. These were some model images that I really liked the look of so I looked into sourcing a ginger haired model.

 

Adding Art To My Cover

Rather than just having a basic one layer portrait on my front cover, I have considered and looked into adding some graphics or art to my album cover. Bold graphics that fit with the image theme can add an extra burst of life and character to the album cover and is even a way for an artist to make themselves unique.

Beyonce took time away from social media while having twins at the start of this year, and when she returned to Instagram she came back with a new, graphic style. She matches graphics and typography to the outfits she is wearing in her images. On her Instagram page, she puts across a strong sense of character and looks like she is having fun creating music and sharing images to promote it. I am going to consider adding graphics onto my record cover to give it that slightly different to look to others.

Another artist I have looked at for a ‘graphic’ twist is FKA Twigs. Her music is very unusual and so is her personal style. Her album covers and promotional images include a lot of face and body distortion and a lot of wacky hair and make up. To add that extra ‘edge’ to my artist, I am going to consider playing with distortion.

Hattie Stewart has always been on of my favourite graphic artists. I love her wacky, bold, colourful and fun style of doodling and creation. Her work adds life to some of the most bland magazine covers and drawings, purely through the use of colour and lines.

Adding something inspired by Hattie Stewart would make my artist come across as very creative and fun to listen to. As I want to include a lot of colour within my final shot, I would only use a few small illustrations to the cover to give it some character.

 

Photographers

As I am getting closer to my shoot, I am starting to plan my image composition. I need to think of my lighting and if I want to create a mood with it, I need to consider angles, lenses and text placement on top of my image. I am going to look into portrait photographers to see how they compose their images to create the perfect shot. I want my final shot to be able to tell the artists character, be dramatic and also have enough room for my typography.

These are some photographers I have been looking at-

Out of the photographers I have been looking at, I am getting the most inspiration from Rankin and Pierre Debusschere. Purely because of their colour, creativity and fine art touch to it. Having an album cover inspired by their style of work would be worth looking at in a shop, on a market stall or online.