Create rocking CD covers as a tribute to your favorite bands!

About this course

Album art is one of the many popular illustration uses related to music media. It gives music a physical appearance and represents its contents and concepts to the public. It’s also in charge of part of an album’s marketing, being the image that it presents to the public.

On this course, we'll develop an album-oriented artwork for an already existing record. The choice of the album for your project is completely up to you. We'll go through various steps, such as developing a concept, sketching and selecting a good palette to add color to our artwork. Along the way, I'll also share some tips and tricks so that your illustration experience with this tutorial will also give you new tools and techniques for your personal work.

What Project are we going to develop?

We're going to develop a fan-album cover, which is the creation of a new artwork for an already existing album. The album choice is up to you! Once our illustration is complete, we'll also apply it onto a mockup file, which will give our illustration an appropriate presentation.

Who’s this course for? Requirements

For this tutorial, I'll be using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 but any other version will be okay to use since most of the tools I’ll be using are the same in any other version. Besides Photoshop, I’ll also be using a graphics tablet to create the artwork. There are many brands that are good for working on a digital illustration, in my case I’ll be using a Wacom tablet. Since the graphics tablet will allow us to render our illustration in a more natural way, it will be essential for the tutorial, unless you work on a more vector-based style and you’re okay with using a mouse.

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The author


Nathaniel Rueda (AKA: MUTE) is a South American illustrator, born and raised in Lima, Peru. His work gathers influence from a variety of sources such as music, old bad movies, videogames, ancient and modern Peruvian culture and a fixation on paranormal topics. His style can be described as detailed, character centered, focused on movement and (as of lately) with an emphasis on color. Nathaniel currently works as a freelance illustrator.

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