Vinyl Cover

We are to design a vinyl cover based on lyrics/singer. I picked Lana  Del Rey and the song Gods and monsters. I found the song appealing because it is dark and represents her melancholic, craving for recognition side. The song was used in American Horror Story Freak Show series. The show was riveting because it was very dark and violent. The song is about the different sides of people, the beautiful and the ugly.

Research on other illustrators:

Marian Bantjes


Bantjes started working in the field of visual communication in 1983 and worked as a book typesetter from 1984–1994. She became well known as a talented graphic designer from 1994–2003, when she was a partner and senior designer at Digitopolis in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she created identity and communication designs for a wide range of corporate, education and arts organizations. She owned and ran the design firm, with a small staff.

In 2003 Marian left her firm and “strategic design” behind to embark on the work that she has since become internationally known for. Describing herself as a Graphic Artist, working primarily with custom type and ornament, Bantjes’ highly personal, obsessive and sometimes strange graphic work has brought her international recognition and fame as a world-class visual designer. Bantjes is known for her detailed and lovingly precise vector art, obsessive hand work, patterning and highly ornamental style.

Bantjes’ clients include Pentagram, Stefan Sagmeister, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bruce Mau Design, Young & Rubicam Chicago, Anni Kuan, Houghton Mifflin, Print MagazineWallpaper* , WIREDThe Guardian (UK)The New York Times, among others. She has also worked on design materials for AIGA, TypeCon 2007, and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).

Her work has been featured in STEPétapes (Paris), AzureMatrix (Quebec) Tupigrafia (Brazil) and PrintFontshop’s Font 004, and Eye magazine (#58). She has written the design book “I wonder”, published by the Monacelli Press, which was dubbed one of the 13 best design books of 2010 by Fastco design. Bantjes has been honored with numerous awards and her work is now part of the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Bantjes is an accomplished writer on the subjects of typography and design, and was a regular contributor to the popular design website Speak Up. Bantjes is frequently invited to sit on design award juries and speak at design conferences and design schools around the world. Bantjes says “throwing your individuality into a project is heresy” but she has built a career doing just that, as her signature style is unmistakable. In 2007 she released Restraint, a typeface that integrates her style of ornamentation to be used as shapes and borders.

From 2002–2006 Bantjes served as the Communications VP of the Society of Graphic Designers in British Columbia. She was also the Chair and Creative Director of the 2006 Graphex Canadian design awards. In 2008 Bantjes was invited back to serve as a judge for ‘Graphex 2008 Canadian National Design Awards’. Bantjes lives and works internationally from her base on Bowen Island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver, BC.

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Samples of her work:

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Ben Newman


BEN NEWMAN has developed a distinct aesthetic over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as ‘bauhaus fuzzy felt.’ He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Google and Volkswagon. His practice extends outside of commercial work into worldwide exhibitions, three dimensional collaborations and most recently a children’s book with Dr. Dominic Walliman, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, published by Flying Eye Books.

Concurrent to working as a freelance illustrator, Newman lectures on illustration at various universities and conferences in the UK and Europe. He occasionally works as an art director for Nobrow and Flying Eye Books

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Samples of his work:

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Steve Simpson


For 30 years Steve Simpson has been applying his multi-disciplinary skills to creative projects for a diverse range of clients right across the globe. Steve’s innovative, award winning approach to graphic design, typography and illustration is built on fresh thinking, traditional skills and dose of fun. Steve lives on the east coast of Ireland where a good sense of humour is essential.
Clients include:
Vodafone, Heinze, Guinness, Heineken, Bushmills, Absolut, Three Mobile, 7up, Kellogg’s, Rowntrees, Hertz, Jameson, Aer Lingus, Dettol, Penguin Books NYC, Simon & Schuster NYC, Scholastics NYC, American Airlines, Wired Magazine, New Scientist, Wall Street Journal.Advertising Agencies:
Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis QMP, Irish International, Cawley Nea\TBWA, RMG Target, McConnell’s, McCann Erickson, DDFH&B, Tequila, Euro RSCG.
Samples of his work:
     The illustrator that I chose is Harry Clarke. I love his style of illustrations. How dark and magical it looks. I love his attention to detail. His characters are 2dimensional, and have deep set eyes, like a portrayal of himself.
Here’s a little about him:
Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) was undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest stained glass artist. Internationally the name of Harry Clarke is synonymous with quality craftsmanship and imaginative genius in his stained glass work. His use of deep rich colours, his delicate depiction of beautiful elongated figures with their finely carved features and deep expressive eyes, is indeed magical to behold. During his short life Harry created over 160 stained glass windows for religious and commercial commissions throughout Ireland and England, and as far a field as the USA and Australia. Also an illustrator of books for Harrap and Co. in London, Harry illustrated books that show his undoubted genius in the area of graphic art.
Here are images of his work:
Vinyl Cover Project
Artist chosen: Lana Del Rey
Song: Gods And Monsters

In the land of gods and monsters,
I was an angel.
Living in the garden of evil,
Screwed up, scared, doing anything that I needed.
Shining like a fiery beacon,
You got that medicine I need
Fame, liquor, love, give it to me slowly.
Put your hands on my waist, do it softly.
Me and God we don’t get along, so now I sing.

No one’s gonna take my soul away,
Living like Jim Morrison.
Headed towards a fucked up holiday.
Motel, sprees, sprees, and I’m singing,
Fuck yeah give it to me, this is heaven, what I truly want
It’s innocence lost.
Innocence lost.

In the land of gods and monsters,
I was an angel, lookin’ to get fucked hard.
Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer,
Life imitates art
You got that medicine I need
Dope, shoot it up straight to the heart please
I don’t really wanna know what’s good for me
God’s dead, I said ‘baby that’s alright with me’.

No one’s gonna take my soul away,
Living like Jim Morrison.
Headed towards a fucked up holiday.
Motel, sprees, sprees, and I’m singing,
Fuck yeah give it to me, this is heaven, what I truly want
It’s innocence lost.
Innocence lost.

When you talk it’s like a movie and you’re making me crazy,
‘Cause life imitates art.
If I get a little prettier, can I be your baby?
You tell me life isn’t that hard.

No one’s gonna take my soul away,
I’m living like Jim Morrison.
Headed towards a fucked up holiday.
Motel, sprees, sprees, and I’m singing,
Fuck yeah, give it to me, this is heaven, what I truly want.
It’s innocence lost.
Innocence lost.


Gods and Monsters are the people in the world of Hollywood. The Gods are the celebrities that are worshiped just because they are famous and everyone thinks they’re so amazing. The Monsters are the addictions, sins and all of the trouble that comes along with being in that world – “The garden of evil”

She was an angel because she was innocent when she was first brought into that world. She was already addicted to alcohol, but wanted fame and love.

Eventually she got into the world of the monsters and if she was addicted to things, her life with the Gods/Celebs would be over, but she still sings. She kept telling herself if God is dead, no one can take her soul away. When you’re a celebrity, it takes your soul away in a sense because you have to grow up fast and your whole world changes and eventually you get into things that take the innocence away.

Lana is stuck in a world trying to find herself and where she fits in. She stoops as low to pretend to be someone she isn’t just to be apart of something- to make a name for herself. Her self worth isn’t very high as she pleads like a child for some form of acceptance or sense of direction. She wants to modify or mold herself into someone is accepted in society.

This song is how she feels the loss of innocence after joining the music industry. She feels the pressure and sees her future like Jim Morrison’s

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 Short history on Harry Clarke

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In 1886, Harry Clarke’s father Joshua moved to Dublin, at the age of 18, from Leeds.   He had married a Sligo woman Bridget MacGonigle, and set up his own stained glass and Church decorating business, and manufacturer of objects of Art, at J. Clarke & Sons, No. 33 North Frederick St., Dublin.

Early Days

Joshua and Bridget had four children and Henry Patrick Clarke (Harry) was born of 17th March 1889.   Harry attends Marlborough Street Model School and the Jesuit Belvedere College, Dublin.  His mother died in 1903 and Harry left school and went to work in 1904 with Architect Thomas McNamara, who encouraged him to go into stained-glass design.


Harry returned to his father’s business and began a five-year apprenticeship in 1905.  He also attended night classed at the Metropolitan School of Art, Kildare Street, in stained-glass under A. E. Child.  This gave him an intimate understanding of the nature of glass, and he soon learned to employ sophisticated techniques to create decorative effects.

Harry went to the South Kensington School of Design for two months in 1906 returning to Dublin afterwards, and followed on with another visit to London in 1907.

Ill Health

Ill health began to raise its ugly head, and he was ill for six months in 1908.   As a result of this he visited the Aran Islands the following year with his friend Austin Mulloy, and returned each summer for the next six years.   Apart from the benefits to his health, he was inspired by the wild and extraordinary nature of the Islands and its inspiration is found in many of his works


He began to get commissions, and exhibited at the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland and annual Art Industries Exhibition at the Royal Dublin Society in 1910.  The following year 1911, Harry won the Gold Medal for stained-glass at the Board of Education national competition in South Kensington, London, and had a further two wins in 1912 and 1913.

London and Europe

He won a travelling Scholarship in 1913 having left Art School and moved to London.   In 1914, Harry travelled to Paris and Chartres and studied medieval stained-glass.    He was especially inspired by the 12th-century glass in the French cathedral of Chartres and S. Chapelle in Paris.   Harry became especially skilful in exploiting the qualities of the new slab glass, which E.S. Prior had invented in 1889.  The irregularities in the thickness of this coloured glass mimicked that used in medieval stained glass.   He also enhanced the qualities of this richly coloured glass by acid-etching, and the application of stains and fine delicate painting.

Book Illustrator

Harry was also a very successful book illustrator and in 1913 he had travelled to London to secure a publisher for his book illustrations and secured his first commission from Harrap & Co.  Harrap realised his genius and hired him on the spot, to provide illustrations for an edition of Andersen’s FairyTales in both a trade and deluxe edition – almost unheard of for an untested, unknown and very young illustrator.   It was published in 1916.   However,during the Easter Rising the blocks for these books were burnt.  He illustrated six books in total as well as a number of smaller volumes.   However, illustrations may have paid the early bills, but stained glass was his career.

Harry Clarke Studios

Harry’s father, Joshua, died on September 13th 1921.   He then moved into the more spacious Studios at No 6 and 7 North Frederick Street opposite No 33, the original residence, and managed the stained glass business.   His brother Walter, managed the decorating side of the business however he died suddenly in July 1930, and this ended the church and general decorating part of the business.

With his own studios in 1930 Harry continued to obtain commissions and the name of Harry Clarke soon became synonymous with original stained glass work of the highest quality and craftsmanship.   According to W. B. Yeats, “now the acknowledged best glass is made by Harry Clarke“.


Bowe, Gordon, N, The Life and Work of Harry Clarke, Irish Academic Press, 1994.

Harry Clarke Papers, MS39202, National Library of Ireland, Dublin

Staunton, Averil, Ballinrobe – Aspects of a Visual History, Ballinrobe Archaeological & Historical Society, May 2013

Vinyl Cover Template:

12″ Vinyl size:


Final outcome:

Done with pen, ink and pencils

Portrait of Lana, half angelic half Medusa with ‘Day of the Dead’ makeup. (as her makeup in the music video)

Wings to define her angelicness.

Medusa, snakes to symbolise  her dark side. (Monster side)

Red color drawn lettering, to make it stand out.

Her name in gold to mimic her past album covers.

Wings and snakes to stick out from the square 12″x12″ to stand out from the stack of vinyls


Images for inspiration:

Greek God, goddesses and monsters


Circus theme idea as the song was used in American Horror Freak Show:

Show her as the most beautiful surrounded by circus freaks.

The Freaks: The Strong man, The bearded lady, conjoined twins, Lana as a tattooed girl


Vintage circus posters:

Image result for vintage circus posters

Text used for circus poster:

Using pencils for toning, pen and inks to define & outline. Text to be in bold, impact type, red and gold colour to stand out.


Heads and skins of snake study:


Study of angel wings:

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