Monday, November 22, 2010

Article in Inside CSUF

Creating Musical Art
Artist Creates Cover to Represent Band's Latest Album

If a picture is worth a thousand words, an illustration used for the cover of an album surely must say that and more.

And musicians, as artists themselves, know that the artwork must represent the band as well as the music.

So when Plain White T’s was creating their latest album, they spent time thinking of what they wanted to say and how they wanted it recreated on the CD cover. They even drafted a rough sketch while on a plane flight that their record label, Hollywood Records, used when contacting Cliff Cramp, professor of art, about bringing the band’s vision to life.

The result will be seen when the Grammy Award-nominated band releases its latest album, “Wonders of the Younger,” Dec. 8. Not only is Cramp’s work on the cover, it is used for the album booklet boxed with the CD.

“The communication was excellent between all those involved,” said Cramp, a Cal State Fullerton alumnus with a BFA and MFA in illustration. “That, and the theme, made this a really fun project to work on.”

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