Evgeny Grinko Album Art by Jason Carne
Artist Statement - Jason Carne:
Earlier this year, a talented neo-classical musician from Russia by the name of Evgeny Grinko reached out to me to develop some album artwork for an upcoming 5 song EP entitled “Tiny Mouse Tales”. When taking on work with bands or musicians I always give their music a listen before I respond to their inquiries just to know if I’d be a good fit with their sound (and if I like it - I don’t have to of course, but it helps!). I was very impressed with what Evgeny was doing - he has a real knack for mixing traditional classical piano music with ambient soundscapes that give his work a cinematic, atmospheric feeling which I really love.
Evgeny's request for the artwork was that it resembled a Victorian-era storybook and I felt that direction fit the style of his music perfectly, so I happily accepted the job. He provided me with a bunch of great reference material and photos of old books with beautiful gilded lettering and intricate, ornamental designs. I knew right from the onset that I wanted to create something that looked authentic to the period we were referencing with the old cloth book covers, the relief-ornamentation, the gold-foiled borders and lettering - and luckily Evgeny shared this passion for this elaborate look. The general layout came to me almost immediately, Evgeny signed off on the rough thumbnail, and I started getting down to work on the real thing. I really enjoyed getting lost in the details on this piece and pushing my abilities with composition, illustration, shading, and ornamentation.
After a few weeks the piece was complete and approved, but it didn’t feel 100% finished to me yet. Initially the plan was just to create a front cover design as it was intended to exist solely as a digital release. However, as I was closing in on finishing the design I kept pushing for Evgeny to turn this into a real, tangible product and release the album on vinyl as well, which I’m glad to say he eventually agreed to. This meant that I got the opportunity to create the back cover of the jacket and the center labels for the vinyl as well, which felt like a nice complete package, and he got to throw in 6 bonus tracks for the B side of the album as well. The vinyl and the jacket are currently in production and should hopefully be ready sometime in early 2019 for purchase.