Designing for the stars, part 2

FROM RAY TO RICHES by ERNEST LEE THOMAS

We’ve created a book cover design for another Broadway star.

Ernest L. Thomas, a veteran of Broadway, television, and film, has the distinction of having a hit television show or movie in every decade since he began his career forty years ago. He starred as the popular character Raj in the popular ABC hit sitcom, What’s Happening, and the number-one syndicated show nationwide, What’s Happening Now. Award-winning director Spike Lee chose him to play Sidney X opposite Denzel Washington in Malcolm X. Millennials fell in love with the character Mr. Omar, a role created for him by Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi for the global hit show Everybody Hates Chris. TV Guide chose him as one of America’s favorites in the issue titled Stars We Still Love.

From Raj to Riches is a motivational autobiography about how to overcome show business and life through faith.

Ernest is still a busy man and there was never much time to consult, but in time we managed to please him with a wonderful cover.

If you want us to create your book cover design too, visit us at MaryDes.

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CD cover: Baladas Flamencas

Divucsa

Divucsa is one of the greatest independent music companies on the Spanish market, with more than 30 years of activity in the market and almost 100 releases each year. Divucsa has an extensive catalogue with more than 40.000 songs, including the greatest Spanish music and flamenco portfolio in the world.

They needed a cover for a digital record which will be called “Baladas flamencas”. As may be obvious from the title, the cover needs to combine a flamenco touch with a romantic touch. The content are melodic songs with a strong Spanish root.

Flamenco

Flamenco, in its strictest sense, is a professionalized art-form based on the various folkloric music traditions of Southern Spain. In a wider sense, it refers to these musical traditions which have, themselves been deeply influenced and become blurred with the development of Flamenco over the past two centuries. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping)

CD cover creation

In our design we wanted to visualize the guitar and dance as key ingrediency of the Flamenco. Then we have embedded a well known characteristic of Spain which has an irresistible attraction for many tourists: sun and sea. As usual, we do not cut and paste just to mix some parts together. We blend, recreate and transform all elements to deliver a unique design with a warm atmosphere that will attract many people. Pay attention to all details, shadow and light that enhances realism and invokes curiosity of the viewer.

Oriol Orfilo was so impressed of our design that he ordered also to redesign their YouTube channel based on the same cover design.

Excellent work, quick and capturing the ideas immediately. Definitely recommended.”

Oriol Orfila – Divucsa Music

It was a pleasure working with Oriol and if you want to know more about their music, check their YouTube channel.

Of course, if you’re interested in our designs, visit our website. Plenty more to be amazed of.

 

CD cover: Sundays in Paris

lena_nataliaA native of Chicago, Lena Natalia recently returned to the U.S. after living in Paris, France, for several years. Lena Natalia brings a fresh, new sound to Modern Classical music with her emotionally-evocative and minimalist piano melodies.

Her debut album, SUNDAYS IN PARIS, a collection of original modern classical piano melodies, was released in November 2015; the title track from the album recently won the award for BEST INSTRUMENTAL SONG in the 5th Annual Indie Music Channel Awards held in Los Angeles in April 2016.

In June 2016, SUNDAYS IN PARIS  was awarded Gold Medals for BEST ALBUM and MINIMALIST PIANO MELODIES by the Global Music Awards. 

We have designed the cover for this Album. Although we had presented Lena with many designs based on original pictures we had taken ourselves in Paris, Lena wanted us to use a picture of a city view she has taken while she lived in Paris.  A picture that was of a lesser quality we were used to work with and that needed a lot of retouching, like removing cables in front of buildings, making cars in the street les prominent, changing angles of chimneys, changing colour of sky to create more atmosphere, and more…

It is easy to delete cables visible in the sky, but when it comes to delete them from buildings many designers will face problems with this because the deleted parts need to be refilled with the original background. This is not easy to do when the cables were visible over structured walls and windows. But we managed to do so by zooming in and redraw every missing line and object in detail by hand. A time consuming activity but with a positive result. You can’t tell where the cables were.

We wish Lena a lot of ongoing succes and hope to work with her again in the future.
This is wat she wore about us:

 

Maryna has been a delight to work with on this project. She is talented, thoughtful and seems personally invested in successfully seeing a project through to its best result possible. She provided not only a wide variety of ideas for consideration, but was also able to see details that others may not have, which translated into a better overall final product. Maryna is also extremely responsive and was willing to make any changes I needed in order to meet the final specs by deadline. She is wonderful to work with and I am very happy to have had her expertise on this!

Lena Natalia USA (CD Sundays in Paris)

Website of Lena Natalia: http://www.lenanatalia.com/

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