Album art has been something we've struggled with while working on our previous albums. It usually comes as an afterthought that doesn't align much with the tone of the music or even speak to our aesthetic. With that in mind, we decided to do things differently this time around and make the art for "Look Who's One!" more involved by giving each song its respective piece of art separate from the main album art (the cute lil baby we posted earlier). From there, Wilson looked to his incredibly talented friends at school (because it turns out that in many cases architects were first visual artists) in order to start creating a collection of different art styles and sensibilities. We would like to share some of their concepts and process with you now!
"Smokestack" by Alexa Anastastio ( @alexa_anastastio
) is a photograph using a sink and found bathroom materials. Alexa was taking a photo class at Syracuse when Wilson asked if she wanted to do some art for the album, and she realized she could center her photo project around that image (two birds with one stone)! The setup from Wilson was simple: listen to the song and take a photograph of the bathroom sink that belongs to the subject of said song. We think she captures it perfectly.
"Angry Sun" by Ian Mulich ( @ianpmulich
) is a real groovy piece of digital art. It's a perfect example of a piece of art fitting the genre of the song it was made for, as "Angry Sun" is our first attempt at trying something much more psychedelic. These sketches show Ian's process in figuring out how to draw the letters to fit together with great precision. The final product is awesome, colorful, and beautifully textured.
"3 to 4" by Chris Autera ( @christopherautera
) is a digital drawing based off of the art style of the war documentary film "Waltz With Bashir." To start, Chris asked Wilson to give him one word that he wanted him to consider when making the art and Wilson's response was "grinding." The final is a haunting piece that we think really fits the mood of the song.
We hope you enjoyed seeing some art sketches today! You'll see the final versions of these and the rest when the album drops on March 28th, so be on the lookout!