Art for Lake Street Dive

I love music. And I love it when I have the opportunity to work with musicians. Recently I got to work with the band Lake Street Dive and their management Public Emily. If you have never heard Lake Street Dive, check them out. They are a great band. Like a motown cake with Beatles frosting. So good! Visit them at lakestreetdive.com. They also have some cool YouTube videos. This one is my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7OI3wZw4NQ

Anyway, back to the project!

Quick warm of sketch of Bridget from Lake Street Dive. Done digitally with Sketchbook Pro and  Wacom tablet. 

Quick warm of sketch of Bridget from Lake Street Dive. Done digitally with Sketchbook Pro and  Wacom tablet. 

I had been listening to the Bad Self Portraits album and did this sketch of Bridget Kearney as a warm up. It was done very quickly after picturing the image in my mind. I’ve never seen Bridget jump in the air while playing, but that is how I pictured her. So that is what came out. The sketches at this stage were done digitally in Sketchbook Pro with a Wacom tablet.

All four of the members of Lake Street Dive sketched. Again, digitally with Sketchbook Pro and a Wacom tablet. 

All four of the members of Lake Street Dive sketched. Again, digitally with Sketchbook Pro and a Wacom tablet. 

After all the sketches were completed, I went analog. I printed out each of the sketches, dimmed down so I could draw over them. I printed them as large as I could on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. I wanted to refine the shape and sketches before bringing them into Illustrator to finish them.

Rachel's sketch printed out then refined using good 'ol pencil and paper. This will get scanned back in and used to create the final art. 

Rachel's sketch printed out then refined using good 'ol pencil and paper. This will get scanned back in and used to create the final art. 

Rachel with vector shapes and some color fills applied. 

Rachel with vector shapes and some color fills applied. 

With the basic shapes built and some quick colors applied I began to define the palette and make some decisions for the layout. I started with a landscape orientation, but decided portrait was better (get it?). Bad Self Portraits. Well, anyway…

Some raw colors applied and at this stage considering layout. 

Some raw colors applied and at this stage considering layout. 

Decided on portrait orientation. Refining colors and layout. 

Decided on portrait orientation. Refining colors and layout. 

Final art!

Final art!

The artwork is available on postcards at U.S. shows on the 2015 tour. 

Many thanks to Emily, Katie, Rachel, McDuck, Mike, and Bridget for the opportunity!

Thanks to Susanna at Dribbble for the feature as well. Shot Block: Rock http://blog.dribbble.com/2015/06/03/shotblock.html