There was a Daily Create last week about what was going on just off the album cover image. I think someone had Wish You Were Here in there and that gave me the idea to have Bob setting it on fire. I had used the Bob Ross Troll Meme Generator before, so all I needed was to put a lighter in his hand. It took a bit to find the right image, and it still doesn’t look quite right but it’s close enough. Friend of ds106 Todd Conaway added an ink splatter:
— Todd Conaway (@Todd_Conaway) September 21, 2021
so I figured this needed to be an album cover. It already looked like one. I just needed to work out some details. I googled for an image of album cover wear and found a couple good possibilities. I brought the images into the GIMP and played with the layer blending mode until it sort of looked like an old LP.
I stuck on a Nice Price sticker that used to show up on bargain LPs. I thought of a pretty obvious title, Bob Ross Sings the Songs of Pink Floyd. I even went further to come up with an appropriate track list:
Any Colour You Like
Behold the Temple of Light
Green Is the Colour
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
In the Beechwoods
Obscured by Clouds
A Pillow of Winds
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
The Show Must Go On
Two Suns in the Sunset
What Shall We Do Now?
They’re in alphabetical order because I took the titles from a list of Pink Floyd songs. I didn’t find a good way to incorporate these into the design though. Maybe I should have done a back cover too.
For the title font, I had the idea to use the typographic style of the titles from Dr. Strangelove and Stop Making Sense. This might subtly indicate that the recording is a tragedy/farce, and somewhat artsy. I found something usable on the MyFonts site. I tried arranging the title text above the image, but it didn’t look right. This was actually the hardest part of the process because I tried to do it on my Macbook Air using a trackpad instead of a mouse. Wrong tool for the job. Then I went back to the sticker idea. Sometimes record companies would add stickers on top of the shrink wrap, with no regard for placement or design. So I made the title into a sticker and put it on the cover semi-haphazardly.
I think it came out okay. The Nice Price sticker looks like it’s printed on the cover rather than stuck on. I fiddled with it for a while but it didn’t improve. When I took away the worn look it didn’t look like it belonged. I thought we had an album cover design assignment in the Assignment Bank. There are a couple that come close, but don’t quite fit the bill. Maybe this should be a new WWBD? assignment.