If you’ve listened to my renditions of WHAM’s Club Tropicana and Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds are forever on my YouTube Channel, you’ve probably noticed the graphic designs and font styles that I used for the videos. If you’re looking for ideas for your creative and artistic endeavours, here are the steps that I used to generate artistic and graphic design ideas for my cover song artwork.
- Get inspiration from your muses.
I watched Hollywood Reporter’s songwriters’ roundtable discussion where Pharrell Williams was a guest. I remember he made a point that we should “stay loyal to [our] muses.” Well in my case, I got my inspiration from my muses – George Michael, Prince and Karl Lagerfeld. I considered and consider them to be artistic visionaries who are unique and different. I saw a picture of George Micheal where he wore sunglasses and his face was slightly bent downwards. I also wanted to create my version of a picture I saw with Prince and Karl Lagerfeld where their faces were photographed at an angle.
I like the mystery and wonderment that these images evoke. You can’t see their entire face, so you’re left to wonder what’s going on in their heads. I wanted to evoke a similar sense of fascination and wonderment with my artwork.
2. Assistants are amazing
I asked my beloved and amazing mother to snap some photos for me. I gave her instructions and away she snapped! If you’re unable to find someone to assist you, you can use your tripod and the self-timer feature on your camera – if you’re using a DSLR camera.
3. Less is more
I like using minimalism in my artwork and graphic designs. I think people can get distracted from your core message if there’s too much “razzle” and dazzle. I like my content to be simple to read and simple to watch. I didn’t want the font to be too “loud” or goofy. I was mostly looking for a font or typeface that was simple and sophisticated. I chose the white colour for the font as I thought that white is the best, brightest colour.
The background colour was simply the colour of the inner wall. I also thought the wall’s neutral colour worked well.
Finding what works for your creative process can be exciting, thought-provoking and satisfying. It’s also really amazing to know the different ways that our creative brain cells get activated. I also think that it’s worthwhile to get inspiration from someone, somewhere and someplace.
I’d love to know your creative process! Comments welcomed below!
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