client • MISS QUINCY
project • LIKE THE DEVIL DOES ALBUM DESIGN
objective • When asked to describe her style Miss Quincy doesn’t hesitate, “Genuine unassuming badass” she declares. With that we were off and running. After a solid creative concept meeting it was clear what direction I needed to head with this artwork… 100 years in the past. Miss Q’s bluesy gypsy roots are planted deep in the late 1800’s outlaw cowgirl era and her predisposition towards vintage vinyl added nicely to that style.
After doing a little antique book shopping, my 19th century novel concept was becoming well crafted in my mind, and in sketches. Miss Quincy opposed the use of her image on the cover, which worked perfectly with the creative I had already begun developing. This did however create the issue of how to develop a completely illustrated cover image on this very small budget. For the next week I scoured through my archives, scanned my resource library, and sketched a few ideas out myself. This resourceful digging became a very lucrative exercise. With a good collection of sketches and imagery I set out on my quest for just the right typeface. After hours of careful deliberation, the fabulous team at Veer came through with the perfect choice. With all kinds of alternates and a wonderful antique feel Rough Riders Redux and it’s predecessor Rough Riders were the perfect candidates. Now onto the rest of the package…
After careful treatment of the type garnished with roses I began building my hero image. Using the scanned image of an antique book cover as the main colour, I decided to keep the rest of the art a solid black to better match an authentic late 1800s style cover. The illustration of the two riders is of an unknown vintage, but fit really well with scene I was looking to create. This album features songs about the gold rush and silent movie starlets so I kept a really desaturated worn tone to the package. For the background behind the riders I sourced a map of the Yukon from 1907 (also used inside) and a royalty free image of the Yukon mountain range. I treated & sketched both images to match the other cover elements. I chose the raven as a detail to symbolize the mystery of the title and the enchanting themes in this collection of songs.