New Project: Marcus Eaton Album Artwork

August 31st, 2010

It’s been a long time since this project for Marcus Eaton was first started, but its finally done. I actually just received hard copies and hope to get those up in the portfolio soon. I’m really excited to finally be able to post some of my recent work so post your thoughts in the comments.

Marcus and I have done several projects in the past and it is always a pleasure. When first talking with him about this album art titled As if you had wings, the goal was that this album needed to do something different than the previous had. The music of the album was this great, new, updated sound that would really speak for itself. We both agreed that we had a chance to do something really interesting. We did just that by bringing in a lot of different elements at first and then removing them, revision after revision until it the artwork felt where it needed to be.

A large chunk of my time early on in this project was spent on trying to come up with the perfect concept. Needless to say, I didn’t arrive at it in round 1 or round 2 or 3. I came onto the final concept by trial and error mixed with experimentation. Perhaps if the earlier concepts would have been killed much sooner, the progress would have happened in a timely manner. The first concepts were far different from what the final art looked like. It also had a completely narrowed vision to it. Sometimes I wish my bad concept detector was higher for such open ended projects like this one.

Posted by on 08/31/10 in Design, Portfolio, Showcased Work

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  2. davegkugler says:

    Looks awesome!! Nice work on the design, a lot of hard work finally going public!

  3. Damion says:

    Nice. I like the color choices on the album cover and the detail on the bird.

  4. Michael says:


    I would have to say I am in love with this project, the colors just really draw my attention. This has a calming-ness and enjoyment about looking at the album artwork. Definitely makes you want to listen to Marcus Eaton or if you haven’t you want to discover what’s behind the wrapping.

    I DIG, ha.

  5. Shaun says:

    Rad, as always Shelby.

  6. The final version looks great, I remember exchanging feedback with you on this project, interesting how much experimentation is involved during those initial multiple iterations, and then the intense focus needed to bring it through the finalizing stages once the main concept/layout/treatment has been determined.

  7. Sick artwork. I would buy a copy for the packaging alone.

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  9. Ian Houghton says:

    Nice artwork Shelby, looking forward to seeing the process!

  10. Jesse says:

    Very clean, I like the set a lot. I really like the texture in the background gradient, that makes such a difference to the overall feel and quality. Great job!

  11. rent says:

    Great work, Shelby!

    I also really like the colors and imagery. You’ve definitely done a nice job of tying it all together.

  12. Qvota says:

    Nice work.

  13. Gabriel says:

    Wow! This is really a masterpiece, love the color management, imagery and type. By the way could you pleas tell me what’s the font name?

  14. Kyle says:

    Wow, really nice work, Shelby. Can’t beat those colors! I also love the grainy gradient sky. Just curious, was this printed on matte? It certainly looks like it should be.

  15. Shelby White says:

    Kyle, yes this was printed on matte.

  16. thehalvo says:

    Swell colors and great mixture of type. Nice work man.

  17. Wow this album rocks! I love the simplicity, photography, fonts and the use of clear space. This looks simple but its actually a lot more work to make something look this clean. Great work!

  18. will says:

    i like this a lot shelb…..really good. keep it up.

  19. Sam says:

    In the event that you get alerts when people make new comments on a post of yours, what exactly did you do with the image of the eagle? And was the source just a stock image?

  20. Shelby White says:


    The image was set up and taken by a photographer. I then blew the image up to a larger than needed size and worked on creating the mood we needed by using many adjustment layers.

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