Epic Fail. Failed album cover for a collection of kids songs. This one should not have failed-- the math was there -- kid, tea cup, moon, flying, little boats with musicians initials.
All the elements for a great cover. Alas it was not to be. Nor was my second cover:
The album is called "Slug and Bugs and Lullabies" ...so here we have a slug, a bug, and a lullaby. Not these colors mind, I just colored it for myself, but the drawing.
It was not to be either. So, I made another, (two versions of another) and they were ultimately not to be.
More covers versions
A previous IF post with another reject interior
The "approved" final rough which was unapproved
The above is a version that almost made it, made it to a revision at least, and then canned.
Here's what came about to be final--
Oh, wait, no, it was changed, the bugs were taken out and some stars from some of the interior art replaced them.
I've still got the drawing of the kid and the tea cup and the moon. That'll make it into a mural in a kids bedroom some day.
Fail? Heck no!
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This post is to show the progression of cover development under the IF topic "Fail"
I hope it didn't somehow come across as if I were harboring some latent irritation towards the "client" because the project was fun to do. We've done several projects together in the past and I look forward to more.
What failed to occur to me was the "failed" elements making it into the album in other places, I was only thinking about the cover in regards to "FAIL."
(Fail is a funny word to me and to think of a kid and teacup and moon and flying and to think of some deep, dark voicing pronouncing: FAILURE is funny to me.)
Most of the "failed" elements made it into the album design in other places, just not the cover. The slug, bug, and gramophone made it onto the back, the one "failed" cover made it behind the the place where the CD goes inside. Again this wasn't about the individual pieces, just about the cover itself "failing."
I picked this project to post because I genuinely liked the pieces themselves. Every project has revisions, so I don't want anyone to think the client was unreasonable in anyway. Because that was never the case.