Tuesday, 1 December 2009


Within the music industry, David Stone Martin’s album artwork showcase a modern yet impressionist style that perfectly echo the jazz albums of Clef, Norgran, and Verve record labels. They are some of the most fluid identity illustrations and have influenced the world of album graphics it preceded, notably and most famously the sleeves of the young Andy Warhol. Martin created over 400 classic album covers, depicting legends such as Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Art Baker and Oscar Peterson. His use of line and contour is balanced perfectly with colour and typography, and seem sometimes screen printed or collaged. The beauty of these identity illustrations, though also persuasive given their commercial context, is that the marriage of identity and profession, the musical style and the historical context.

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