Cover Make Over – Counting Crows, This Desert Life

This Desert Life_Counting CrowsSo this album cover was released in 1999, by Counting Crows; the actual cover fascinated me and far from being a bad cover as we had done recently, I actually wanted to do something similar, but different, not sure I will call it a success, but it happens occasionally.

This Desert Life is the third studio album from Counting Crows. The cover art is by noted comic book artist Dave McKean, best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, and was adapted from the cover art McKean did for Gaiman’s picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. If you don’t know Counting Crows, perhaps you may know them for their song “Accidentally in Love,” which was included in the film Shrek 2?

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So I had a photo on a black background I took of a mason jar and I ‘borrowed’ a pic of a gold fish and ran it through Topaz Impressions oil paint filter and added it to the jar, then duplicate and rotated the 2nd image, added some water splash with some special splash brushes I have, added the god dust bokeh and squiggly lines and then the text. I don’t mind the actual image……….I think I over did it with the squiggly lines and the font isn’t quite there…………need to heed my own advice! It was done in a bit of a hurry this week, sorry folks.

So what can you come up with? Copy and re create or come up with something completely different? Get creative and don’t forget to Ping back here and use tag #CoverMakeOver.