Bummer to post that tonight's show - 8 - 11P at Loxley's in Lancaster has been cancelled. It's storming like crazy here in Lancaster... thus we will be staying in without a backup location for the band to retreat to! DO join us tomorrow night at the Shoppes of Belmont Summer Music Series. We will perform from 6 to 10P on their stage (located in the center of their plaza). Bring along blankets and lawn chairs as there's limited built in seating (benches).
As many of you know, I (Mark) do 99% of all of the artwork that adorns our albums, tees, stickers, etc. This image is a screen shot of the artwork that's in progress to be a part of our upcoming album - "In Search of the Good Days". It's been a wrestling match to get things this far, admittedly.
But, I'm feeling pretty good about things as I look at 'em here this a.m. (That could be because I'm lacking in sleep and I've chosen to devote this round of insomnia to working on this effort?) I find the creative process one that requires being able to be a give in to the pitfalls and rabbit holes that find you, knowing that you'll climb out of it OR find the other end of things, if patient!
Maybe it's the really good artists/creative types who can get through it quicker, OR find ways around it quicker OR they're sooo good, they can avoid 'em entirely? I'd love to know anyone's point of view on it... as I'm looking to learn and workshop on the topic.
Do stay tuned as there will be a complimentary, daytime version of this image! Both will be a part of promotional materials, album artwork and the like!
While the album wraps up, I'm keeping busy doing some behind the scenes work to revamp some marketing efforts. One such effort, is an overall revamp of a Mark DeRose Music and Art logo. Along with the help of a trusty old sidekick by the name of Sheryl "Shirley" Webster - who provides me with much needed marketing input and consultation - the above image is what we have come up with thus far! IF ALL STANDS, we will look to use this to print some new stickers, website update in the form of a landing page, and more.
Clean those back windshields and trapper keepers, as I'm hopeful we can do some sticker bombing together, soon!
Progress is being made with my work to put together the artwork for our band’s forthcoming album! Working on a day and night versions of this “flying ship” image - to be used in various promotional efforts. (The above being the "Day Version") I had this image on hand for some years. At that point, it was simply the flying ship, in much less detail. I wasn't sure what to do with it for some time... then the light bulb came on when I started working on the artwork for this album.
My hope is that these two images (night time image on the left, day on the right) will end up in some form of "full color" and will fade in and out one another in a short video. The audio bed for this video will be sneak peaks of new tracks (from our forthcoming album).
PLEASE NOTE, the title listed is a working title... kicking around one or two other options.
More coming soon.....thanks for stopping by, Mark.
We are in the process of wrapping up on the CD artwork/packaging to be sent off to be pressed, printed and packaged! This part always proves tedious for me, so I'm excited to see it coming to a close.
One little fun tidbit... we did our cover version of the song "Shape I'm In", this required what's called a mechanical license.... the songwriter, Robbie Robertson will be receive .09/song from me for every time I print the tune on the CD or the tune is streamed!