Monthly Archives: December 2011

Creating the album cover for Turning Time

For the last few weeks I’ve been working pretty hard on the artwork for Dave Gander’s new album “Turning Time” (iTunes link). My photography is used throughout, and I’ve also done all the design work and handed off to the printers.

I’ve worked on this with Dave right from the initial concept stages. Back in early October we went out on a shoot specifically to capture the beach/surf images that set the vibe – that’s one of them above. At that point we also started working with the printers (Disc Manufacturing Services – great guys) to understand the possible formats for the finished CD sleeve. Dave wanted to incorporate some of the existing band shots alongside the new stuff so we went for a six pane layout that gave plenty of space.


The background texture is a close-up of a polished concrete floor. The polaroids were photographed in situ on that floor to get the nice shadows and 3D feel – much more fun than Photoshopping! The polaroids themselves were all created in Photoshop from my original photos, then printed and cut to size. We then spent a fun couple of hours arranging them on the floor to shoot each pane. Working in a cafe (the owner of said floor) posed some challenges, not least stopping punters trampling our set, but this was balanced up by the ready supply of coffee and snacks :-)

The shooting finished, I composited the lot together and dropped text in using InDesign. Some of the text – eg the album title and track list – is actually Dave’s handwriting, scanned in and converted to a vector in Illustrator. I think it gives a more unique and personal feel than an off-the-shelf font. I also found out where bar codes come from and obtained one for Dave – you learn something new every day…

The final step was the CD art itself. I chose to echo the front cover here, and due to the limitations of the format (only 3 colours allowed) I went for a simplified silhouette created from the original photo in Illustrator.

I’m really pleased with the result. So is Dave, which is what really matters – one satisfied customer. It’s great to see it finished and out there. Best of luck to Dave with it!