Illustration of the Month for March 2004
Liz Finlayson: Types & Shadows
That's right, all you Liz fans, don't get too excited, this is a mock album. But Liz knows her left arm is forfeit if she makes an album and does not get me to design her album cover.
The Evolution of the Design
Once upon a time, I took a picture of Liz sitting outside the Vineyard in the setting sunlight. It is one of my all-time fave Liz shots and I refer to it as the "Liz McLachlan" pic on account of her hair looking rather like a coif Sarah McLachlan used to sport. When I went through a tooning frenzy (turning myself and all my friends into 'toons), it was this pic of Liz I used to turn her into a cartoon. This is seen is stages on the lyrics centerfold.
While the toon style is one of my methods, it doesn't really translate to a Liz style of music. If I were designing an album for one of AJ's dance mixes, the toon style might be fine. For Liz, not so much. But it did provide a jumping-off point, as it makes the silhouette repeated in the background. Those would be the shadows.
I called Liz and asked her what she wanted her album to be called and what songs she wanted to cover. Her immediate response was that she had to cover "Midnight Train to Georgia" for Jaimie. I asked her about the title "It's Just Liz" (an old joke in our circle) for the album, and she laughed and said okay. But as the design came to fruition, it needed a more real Liz title. For this mock album, I decided Liz's song "Clearly Enough" would be the title track, and the line in that song that goes "my types and shadows go unnoticed half the time" is where the final album name came from.
The "types" are the symbols repeated on the front and (vaguely) on the cd itself. I used a lot of symbols in designs for Even So, Liz's former band. I wanted something reminiscent of Even So, but not overtly so.
The lyrics feel very "bunched up" to me, but I made myself work with only a 2-fold space. Why? Cause sometimes you gotta problem-solve. Liz's lyrics are text-heavy. To come up with the songs for the album, I went and found as many of her original songs as I could. Then I called Jaimie and asked what she wanted Liz to cover, hence the Carly Simon song. I decided she should cover something by Don Chaffer.
And there you have it.