My mother, now 80 years old, has been a church pianist since her early teen years. Recently she recorded some piano hymns, and I want to print a limited-run number of CD's to memorialize her talents. I am looking for artwork for this CD, which will include 1) front cover, 2) back of jewel case, and 3) something very simple to print onto the disc itself (not sure about this one... I think printing multi-color labels onto the disc gets pricey, so the disc might just be black and white print of her name using the same font).
The album artwork in the gospel genre is dreadfully amateurish and unimaginative, so rather than looking at similar albums as a reference point, I'd like to look instead to jazz records of the 50's and 60's - colorful and vibrant (and often cartoonish). I'm going to upload some album covers that I think are representative of the style I have in mind.
I think that's the best adjectives I can provide: colorful, vibrant, something with movement, something relatively simple but visually interesting.
I won't rule out using the pattern of the piano keys themselves, but it seems might be hard to do in a way that feels new. One of the references I'm going to upload uses the rough shape of a grand piano... maybe that's easier(?).
I'd like the entire album to be consistently representative of this older era, maybe recycling some of the old logos from records of this era - adding throwback small black and white logos that proclaim "stereo," or "high fidelity," etc.
Maybe even have the background looks like slightly distressed like a weathered album with frayed edges (not set on this... just an idea).
My family name is very unique, and I'm not sure I want the name to be the featured element of the design (that is, I don't want to just use her name in a huge font). Instead, maybe something like the Etienne Charles cover pictured below, where her name isn't necessarily part of the artwork.
Again, the content will be gospel solo piano, but the art doesn't have to have gospel imagery.
As project develops, I'll provide track listings -- which I don't have with me as I type this, etc.
It would be helpful (but not a deal-breaker) if you have some experience in this area. Specifically, how the booklet folds, and what format the CD manufacturer wants the artwork, etc. I'd like to maybe include at least one page inside a booklet (?backside of front cover) where I say a few words about her, but that doesn't have to relate to your work.