ALBUM ART

Below are my design collaborations with recording artists Kenneth Whalum, Tolan Shaw, The Willie Green Project, and Trip Carter.

Broken Land, Kenneth Whalum

In 2017 I worked with the incredibly talented Kenneth Whalum. A world-class saxophonist and musical arranger for the stars (Beyonce, JAY-Z, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo, Maroon 5), Whalum made his debut as a solo artist in his own right, and I was honored to contribute visuals for his genre-bending album, Broken Land. I was the creative director, photographer, and graphic designer for the album art and promotional marketing for the 2017 Broken Land Tour.

Broken Land is available now on Spotify and Apple Music.

My photos of Whalum can be seen at USA Today, Saint Heron, High Snobiety, DJBooth, NewsOneNow, What Youth, and on Whalum's Instagram. Video content by @brandonmcarter.

Client: Kenneth Whalum @kennethwhalum

Skills: Album Design, Layout, Photography, Retouching, Logo, Branding, Print, Web, Trademarks

Pharoah's Dream, Willie Green Project

In 2019 I had the pleasure of collaborating with New Orleans-based jazz drummer, Willie Green. I created custom art for his upcoming EP entitled Pharoah's Dream. Willie and I both were inspired by the musicianship, nature, and spirituality in the music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane. As we discussed his own personal message and journey in his music, we both agreed that the album art should be representative of that same spirituality with natural and dream-like elements. I was looking at a lot of meditative Eastern and African art at the time and ultimately the visual metaphor of a journey on water seemed appropriate to us both. After I proposed this idea to Willie he was excited by it, so I painted the piece and designed the art.

Client: Willie Green Project

Skills: Oil Painting, Illustration, Design, Music

Shades, Tolan Shaw

I designed the artwork for Southern California crooner Tolan Shaw's three-part album entitled Shades. I had a lot of fun playing with color, texture, and contrast while exploring the different emotional undercurrents of each development in the musical triptych (Shade 1, Shade 2, and Shade 3). The layering of the different color installments ultimately coalesces to create the main image for the album.

Shade 1 is now available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Shade 2 and Shade 3 to be released in 2018.

Client: Tolan Shaw @tolanshaw

Skills: Illustration, Design, Layout, Marketing, Print, Web

Grown Problems, Trip Carter

I was honored to take photos for Trip Carter's debut EP, Grown Problems. Since dropping Grown Problems, Trip toured with Felly and Gyyps and Sabrina Claudio since 2017. The EP's art was edited and created by @realsatta.

Grown Problems is available on Soundcloud.

Client: Trip Carter @realtripcarter

Skills: Creative Direction, Digital Photography

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