Friday, August 31, 2007

illustration Friday: alphabets
















I had to go into the archives for this submission to Illustration Friday's "alphabets". I have done quite a few commercial jobs that required me creating the alphabet in my own lettering. This is one of said jobs for Geffen records and the band Lode. In the mid 90's I toured with this band, did art for them and spent a summer in New York while they recorded with legendary producer Gary Katz of Steeley Dan fame. This is the 1st cd they did (I almost said album) and here is the alphabet in the lettering I made for them. Their name started out as Load and became Lode for the cd. Their name is from a few things; Mother Lode, load in your pants, getting loaded, etc. This all came together here and most photos are in Topanga shot by Dennis Keeley. Fire Station 69 is in Topanga too. The lead singer Inara George and her family are long-time Topangans. Her father was Lowell George from Little Feat. All the kids were from interesting and varied backgrounds. The band broke up during the making of the 2nd cd. And they all went off to do their own things. It was a really unique experience and happened because I am married to the guy who managed the band.

30 comments:

Lois said...

cool, val!

ottoblotto said...

Your stuff is always the best!

DEW said...

This is awesome - I love the photo of arms and leg - great composition! The lettering is wonderful!

Liz Jones said...

Wowie-- I'm not sure which I like better-- the pictures, or the accompanying stories!

I am a huge fan of Steely Dan, and Little Feet, and recently discovered Inara George, via The Bird and the Bee(love her solo stuff too, though!!)

I will definitely look up this band.(hoping they're on myspace... around here, our music store is Walmart. ugh.)

Lady, you are full of good surprises!
:D!!

isay said...

beautiful experience, lovely photos and great Cd lettering-and i like the color, too!

Cream said...

Great story and historyc, Val!

kj said...

i could listen to you all day, val. not to mention look at your artwork and appreciate your many talents!

Ces said...

Please come to my blog and pick up your award!

bog_art said...

Great lettering!!.. does illustration fridays give you the theme every week??..

Geninne said...

How cool Val! so many talents :)

Chickengirl said...

wow! What a cool project. Great work!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

you are indeed a gifted, talented and experienced artist... an album cover; a dream job!

Anonymous said...

Very COOL! When they load their pants do they pee too? Pax et Amo. .Bad Dog

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder who was the manager of Lode. Anyone you know? Bad Dog

md said...

can't go wrong being lowell george's daughter. nice stuff here val thanks for sharing. if u'll be my dixie chicken ill be ur TN lamb down in dixie land....
a classic, so feat dont fail me now im outta here

Toni said...

Another cool venture for Valgal!
You sure have done the most interesting things.

Teri C said...

You really have a lot here and all so neat!

DesigningFairy said...

great stuff,
Val!

Laura said...

Hi Val! What an interesting story and I love your alphabet/lettering style!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Tony LaRocca said...

You are just too cool for words.

andrea said...

More cool stuff from Val's bottomless treasure trove. I love your stories.

Gillian said...

Is there no end to your talents? I love your lettering and that arms and legs shot is stunning.

Alina Chau said...

Love the design!!

Andrea said...

Wow! Who knew? I have this cd. Very cool, thanks for sharing.

Ces said...

I missed this last week Val! How could I? What a lucky band to tour with an artist like you! I still call it album Val. It's still an album of music only on compact discs :-) but no one born after 1980 would know that.

benconservato said...

This work, even though it is commercial is definitely something to be proud of.

imwithsully said...

I will have to look this band up now. I have never heard of them. But, this is so cool that your post might spark an interest again on itunes!

shawn said...

omg, I HAVE THIS CD!!! I had to extend my arms all the way out and squint so I could read your cute name in at least two places.

I never grow tired of all your fun, interesting stories. WOW! So you even toured with them. That's it! You just won: Most Fascinating and Talented Person in the World.

;o)

Prozacville said...

Interesting...

sketched out said...

Wow! You are so multi-talented, girl!!! Love the lettering and the whole package design. Fantastic!

I imagine it was a lot of fun to tour with them as well. Now I have to go check this band out, of course!