Happy (Early) Birthday Micah Dean!

A bunch of years ago tomorrow, the one and only Micah Dean was born.

As an early celebration, there are now a bunch of these tasty treats sitting in our kitchen courtesy of yours truly. If you want to wish Micah a happy birthday, leave a comment or hit him up on Twitter @Micahdean.

cupcakes

Water Colour-ing

Here at Tooth & Nail, we take some pride in being able to supply some pretty awesome pre-order items that come along with our already-awesome albums. So when Swimming With Dolphins decided their album would be entitled “Water Colours,” of course actual water colors seemed like an obvious choice.

In case any of you were wondering if you could really use these water colors for the actual purpose of painting – fear not! John, Micah Dean, Adam and I took it upon ourselves to prove that not only are they fashionable, but functional as well. Check out the gallery for the before and afters on our fine works of art. Personally, I think I totally showed those dudes up. Just sayin! Though to be fair, I did supply my own brush.

And for some shameless self-promotion, to order your own set of Swimming With Dolphins Water Colors + Poster, visit the Tooth & Nail Store.

(In)form: Underoath’s Lost In The Sound Of Separation

Underoath

I’m honored to be nominated for best special packaging this year at the Grammy’s for the Underoath box set. I was fortunate enough to see all of the boxes that were in the running, and I have to say, it’s a total blessing to be included in such a list.

I was fortunate enough to have the bands trust due to working with them on prior releases, and if I remember correctly, the only real direction from the band was that it have an art piece of some kind on the cover, which got me really stoked. Coming up with a concept and handing it off to someone else to visualize is really exciting to me. I must have looked over 100 portfolios before finally stumbling onto Drew Beckmeyer’s work. It was perfect for what I was visualizing, and the band was all in, so then the work started. You can see some of Drew’s sketches below, including a panel that wasn’t used.

UO Sketches

Ryan Russell was also a blessing to have available for the project. He was on hand with the band in the studio to take some shots of them during the entire recording process, and they add a ton of value to the art. Ryan has a way of capturing the personality of the people he shoots, and I think these shots are some of my favorites of his, ever.

Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of the box set, and if you haven’t and you’re a fan of the band, it’s a must own. If you’d like to see more images of the final product, you can do so here.

(In)form: The artwork of “To The Secrets & Knowledge”

To The Secrets & Knowledge
Working On It

One of my favorite parts of being an in-house designer at the label is that normally I get to hear the records before I start the artwork. It really helps inspire me more than I ever thought it would. I feel like I’m able to better capture the mood of a recording after hearing it, and hopefully create some art that “feels” the way the record “feels”. For the artwork for “To The Secrets & Knowledge,” I wanted to make the art convey the upbeat and clean feel that the record has, as well as play off of the mysterious nature of the title. After talking it over with Jeff (Schneeweis), we decided to make these small collages made of all the simple shapes that (for the most part) make up everyday life. Everywhere you look, these shapes are found in man made things, which represent ‘knowledge,’ and in nature, which represent ’secrets’. I also used small symbols for each song title with each song’s corresponding track number. I had a ton of fun making the art for this record… getting to look through piles and piles of old science fiction magazines and books for inspiration. Go pick up the record on January 26!

-Jordan Butcher