Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Django Reinhardt

I've been doing a lot of work the last few days, mostly catching up on things I should have done months ago! I have my assessment in a week but I'm well on the way to being finished. Anyway, today I was finally finishing off a project I started in March. It's a cd cover for Djangology by Django Reinhardt. I did a lot of research into his life, which was pretty extraordinary. I came up with the idea of using torn down posters because in the later years of his career he became a little erratic and wouldn't turn up to sell out gigs because he wanted to go for a walk and be by himself. I wanted to convey the idea of his gig posters being torn down, but also showing all the interesting things that he lived through that influenced him. I used a bit of Gypsy imagery in the form of paisley patterns and art, I tried to convey his era through adverts and film posters from the 1930s and 1940s, and also a lot of type from that era. Django was illiterate and very embarrassed about it which also ties in quite well with the torn up type. These are all images I'm using for the CD insert, they're just collages on wood. I'm also doing the same sort of thing for the cover. I just have to work out a way of getting a title and track list on there without it looking awful!

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