I just met with musician/composer/dad Steve Piperno about the art for his new album. Steve and his wife Katie have been writing, singing and producing music for children for a number of years, and now that they have two little guys of their own, they are even more inspired. For their first album they contacted me for a fun illustrated cover, to draw parents and children into looking more closely at the contents of the album. We decided to portray Steve & Katie along with all the instruments they play and use in their original music. I sketched two versions of caricatures of them for their first album titled Are You Ready? Here We Go!
They went with the first sketch, with some changes. The color sketch:
Which eventually was revised for the final CD cover:
I’m eager to start on Steve & Katie’s new batch of songs – the title of the album will be Smile, and it looks like I’ll get to draw animals and musical instruments on this one, two of my favorite things to put on paper. If you have little ones I really recommend you listen to some of their delightful songs on their website here.