How did you come to be involved?
Lee: “Kate Akhurst, the lead singer of Kate Boy, was looking through some online profiles and blogs and stumbled across me. She approached me and we got chatting. We really got on, and I admire her work, so I agreed to do it.”
Stewart: “Fiction Records gave me a call and asked me to speak to the band. Kate Boy have a strong sense of how they want to present themselves visually. They’d already decided to work with Lee, and it was up to me to help contextualise Lee’s amazing art with what they already had. We felt that the cover was so strong, and in fact, it was best to ‘get out of the way’ with the design, and further elevate the art. We did that by presenting the end physical product as shrink-wrapped vinyl/CD and putting all the cover typography on stickers. We kept the typography through the rest of the packaging really simple, not too many fonts and sizes, to add to the effect of clearing the way for Lee’s art.”
How involved were the band?
Lee: “Kate was very much involved. She went to a 3D scanning lab in Australia where they took a 3D scan of her head and sent me the raw data back in Madrid. From there, I created the image in Maya, which is the most popular software used in film and TV special effects. I then rendered it in Arnold, working with the fine detail of the light and the shading around each of the curves. It took quite a long time to do, as how the curves are created took quite a bit of fiddling to get it just how we wanted. At one point, we had too many curves. The aim was simplify it to the point where it was abstract, yet still be recognisable as Kate. That’s a very fine line, and we took our time, collaborating until we were satisfied we’d hit the mark.”
Stewart: “Kate knows what she likes, and why, yet still leaves you to express yourself as you interpret her ideas - which makes her an excellent person to collaborate with. The art direction sat very much with Kate.”
“What Lee and Kate created is a really beautiful piece of art. With the front cover kind of done, I was more involved on the cd booklet and 12inch inner. We had the idea to take some really close crops of Lee’s images and show off sections of it you wouldn’t necessarily hone in on when looking at the cover. When you zoom in, you can see how it’s not all perfectly symmetrical, which gives it an organic feel. Once you get to see how intricate the work is, that makes it all the more intriguing.”
- written by Glenn Hickling
For more information on Solid Angle and Arnold, check out Lee Griggs or Solid Angle
To see more work by Stewart Armstrong, check out his portfolio on Tumblr.
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