novacriminal cd art

novacriminal is coming out with a new cd & asked me to do their cover. i occasionally do posters for them {& their previous incarnation, “whirling dervish”} as well. their drummer, bill brandon, came up with the basic idea of a city squeezed by cars & asked me to run with it.  
i have a few books on old 1930s new york so i scanned in a bunch of buildings, arraigned them & squeezed them into shape. i painted the highways, then i scanned in a bunch of car crashes & pulled, squeezed, lightened, darkened, added, & subtracted from them until i had enough cars to create the auto~mess you see. it’s difficult to see but there are tiny car crashes all along the highways. cars are on their sides, some are turned over & others are piled up. i created the clouds from vector shapes & edited them, including one of my favorite effects, “pixilate”. pixilate gives it that fun, old comic book dottiness. the font will probably change. i’m perpetually in love with courier ;D  
i went to the levi’s print shop in san francisco & was bowled over by the beautiful screen prints they had there. i was inspired to make something similar with muted colors & simple shapes. please visit novacriminal to see when they play next 😀


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan says:

    Betty, I love this. People will pick up the CD, when they see the art, just to see what's going on.

  2. i'm glad you like it! they're sweet guys too, so i hope their cd sells 😀

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