Saturday, November 12, 2005

"Do they know..." Cover

I've been spending the last few days toiling with creating the cover for the Place's "Do They Know It's Christmas" single...the challenge to this is my desire to reference the original by Peter Blake - of Sgt.Pepper's fame - as well as the 20th anniversary edition artwork. Both employ the collage technique (more seamlessley in the 20th anniversary edition), cultural references to the holiday season, and a stark black and white image of an african child.

So far, I'm most happy with the image seen on the bottom here. As per the formula: it is collaged using photoshop, uses an image from Charlie Brown's Christmas, and has an image of some villagers from Belo standing in for the B&W african shot.

I decided to go with bubblegum colours to play off the Charlie Brown palette as much as to capture a bit of the cynicism that goes along with "aid" project. Turning the phrase "do they know it's christmas" around and having Belo's villagers confront the intended audience (North Americans) is a direct comment on the project's desire to change the views of those buying the single as it is raising money to move the sustainability of Belo along (read more about this reciprococity HERE).

I would love to hear your thoughts on these designs (and how they come across) as we're aiming to wrap production on this project in the next 2 weeks....

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5 comments:

King Bing said...

Your brilliance with the visual arts once again manifests itself in this unique and interesting piece of work, young Kingsley. Bravo for your daring use of light and shade, for going out on a limb, for taking chances, and being the man that the Good Lord wants you to be. I commend you!

James Kingsley said...

thanks bing.

which of the two new ones do you prefer? and why? - if i may ask

cory said...

hmmm... tough one

the red curtain and hiding-ish angel-ish figure are awesome in your upper version

the lower version is compelling in its relative simplicity. the effect of the speach bubble is fabulous both visually and in meaning...

can't have it all in one busy little mess eh? didn't think so...

sorry I couldn't be of more help! nice work in there!

Daniel said...

Defintely like the bottom one the best. I think the top two are visually too busy (the second one moreso), and in the third one the presence of the villagers isn't explained...sort of jarring, and not necessarily in a good way. After the bottom one (Charlie Brown thing is awesome, and I really like putting the phrase "Do They Know its Christmas" in the mouths of the villagers--gives a nice spin as well). I'd rank them as follows: #4, #1, #3, #2, with a strong preference for either of the first two.

James Kingsley said...

thanks for the comments so far guys. just thought i should let you know that number 1 & 2 are the original and the 20th anniversary versions. 3 & 4 are my takes on them...