Bear's Den: Islands

ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER

I met Bear's Den on the Austin to Boston tour in 2012. We then began working together regularly. I promoted their first show in Melbourne, filmed a Sideshow Alley episode & photographed their first press images. Then in 2014 I designed and art directed their debut album campaign.

TYPE: ALBUM CAMPAIGN ARTWORK    LABEL: COMMUNION RECORDS

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INSPIRATION

The album title “Islands” provided much of the initial concept development. After a series of different ideas presented to the band, we all landed on a direction which emphasized the lyrical longing and tonal characteristics throughout the music. 

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Bear's Den CD Islands artwork by Ty JohnsonBear's Den CD Islands artwork by Ty Johnson

COLLABORATION

I partnered with illustrator Mathew Dodos to amplify the personal feel on the inside sleeve which complemented perfectly with Andrew Davie’s handwritten lyrics doted throughout the album.

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SINGLES

Each unique EP artwork featured a continuation of the campaign visual identity with a marriage of textural imagery and an illustrative hand drawn personal touch.

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STAGE BACKDROP

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ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER
Ty Johnson

 

PENCIL ILLUSTRATOR
Mathew Dodos

 

HAND WRITING
Andrew Davie