I wanted life to be this way

Because I’ve been extremely pluggy1 these past few weeks months, I thought I’d be educational for once and post a new “What’s the Story Morning Glory” entry. Since there hasn’t been time to leaf through my archives of sleeping projects2, it was best to go the easy route and reprise my presentation at this year’s MBD – the one that started this whole “What’s the Story” thingy to begin with.

Presenting, ta-dah, the UltraelectromagneticJam album design and the story behind it.

SonyBMG called up to say that they want us to design for a yet-untitled all-star Eraserheads tribute album. All we knew was that different bands were gonna perform the music of the Heads. Because it didn’t have a title yet, I thought of the following visuals:

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1. Legs of a couple of guitar-playing rocker chicks with the cord forming the name of the band. The idea I was trying to convey is that the album is all about other people playing Eraserheads music.
2. A “pop machine”, which also happens to be the title of one of the Heads’ hits. It’s supposed to be a vending machine that churns out, well, their hit songs but I wasn’t able to figure out how to visualize it, which explains why the visual is empty.3
I know I know, they were somewhat flimsy. Thankfully I didn’t have to submit them because Sony calls just in time to say that they already have a title for the album, “UltraelectromagneticJam” – derived from the title of the Heads’ very first album “UltraelectromagneticPop“.
And then in a Eureka! Moment I saw in my head what “look” this album is meant to have: a 70’s hippie, all-night party-in-Sunken-Garden feel.

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3. I developed a quick, rough study. They liked it so…
4. I made a cleaner version, hoping it would be the final study already because, dear oh dear, hand-lettering all the bands and artists names ain’t no picnic.
Sony then informed us that we can’t use photos. Ack! Relayout!4 I then had to seek the help of my dear husband for an illustration that will go with the look.

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And in the end, I’m quite happy with how it came out. 😀5

Related entry: The story behind the Blow-up Babies website.

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In case you haven’t noticed, the titles/subjects of my last six blog entries are from various songs I happened to be playing in my head at the time I posted them. Anyone who can give me the titles (and artists too, if you like) of the songs they were derived from wins a…er… plug on this blog. 😀

  1. Yes, proof that you can take the girl out of advertising but you can’t take the advertising out of the girl![ back]
  2. read: projects that have already been put to bed. Ahehe.[ back]
  3. Another idea was to have a landscape of guitar picks signed with the names of the participating bands and artists but it was hard to execute as I didn’t have the lineup of artists yet so I eventually junked it.[ back]
  4. You think I would have learned my lesson but no, I still insisted on having everything hand-written even if it had to go through numerous revisions because the lineup only got finalized a week or so before its release. Imagine having to rewrite the names of the bands and songs in every possible order until we the sequence got finalized.[ back]
  5. And even if Budz, Raimund, Marc and Ely think that it’s not yet time for a tribute album, Arn and I were able to thank them for their music in our own way.[ back]
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‘We missed you’ hissed the…

A couple of years ago, I made a mom-and-baby cat illustration for a book that never happened for some reason or other. I found it again while spring-cleaning my hard drive and thought, why not put it to good use?
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So if you love cats, red tabbies in particular, and [a] you live in the US where Cafepress is based1 or [b] you have tons of disposable cash anyway and want to contribute to a good cause2, it would mean so much if you can support my latest entrepreneurial endeavor. 😀

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Our favorite fashion designer Tippi‘s Pret-a-Party and Lounge Lizard lines are now also available at Backstage, located at the 2/F, San Lorenzo Arcade, Pasay Road, Makati (behind New World Hotel), hope you can take a look sometime! Stay up to date with her collections and shows by visiting their respective sites as well as her journal.

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I’m quite pleased with the choice of judges for Philippine Idol. In the beginning I was afraid it was gonna be one of those Regine, Ogie -or worse, Kris-hosted affairs but the moment they announced that Mr. C was gonna be part of it, I was completely won over.3. If, like me, you’re curious about how the auditions are going, FrancisM just so happens to be chronicling the judging process in his journal.

  1. ergo shipping won’t cost too much[ back]
  2. our cat Abby‘s food and play fund[ back]
  3. There’s just no one else who’s as credible. Pilita’s okay, I grew up seeing her all over TV and she’s definitely an icon. As for FrancisM, well I’ve been a fan since “Yo” came out hehe. [ back]
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Working for vacation, walking for medication.

Here’s the next six in the 2-in-1 series we designed for Sony BMG. As in the first four, my Arn‘s art graces the covers. 😉
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Nothing but small talk for now, friends. We’re wrapping up work on the next issue of Wedding Essentials and if there are brides-to-be out there reading this, please watch out for it because it’s even thicker than the last one1. Of course that translates to more helpful features, tips, resources, and other “bride ideas”.
… Wait, there’s more! Because there are just so many weddings that are too beautiful and inspiring to keep to ourselves, we’re coming out with a special, separate issue focusing on exactly that: WE Beautiful Weddings.

WE Beautiful Weddings

And yes, there are a few familiar (co-blogger!) faces in it. Please stay tuned for details. 🙂

  1. the “thickest issue ever”. Or so we thought haha[ back]
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Pancakes and Pin-ups.

“Why didn’t I think of that?” idea of the week – scented jewelry mini-dessert charms from Pancake Meow1.

Pancake Meow
They don’t only look astonishingly real, they smell real too2. The scent menu reads so yummy you might run the risk of popping your mini-cupcake necklace charm into your mouth 🙂

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Pin-up Girls
The new album by The Pin-up Girls All Seats are Taken is out! My Arn‘s art graces the cover and the design duties were as usual, handled by yours truly. A free pin-up comes with the album too. Hope you can check it out. Incidentally, they’re the opening act for ex-Fra Lippo Lippi guy Per Oystein Sorensen’s upcoming concert in Manila – coolness huh?

The Pin-up Girls is composed of Mondo Castro, Jeng Tan-Mata3, Mitch Singson4 and Ryan Natchuira and the album is released here, in Japan and in Europe by Sutton Records.

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Visit, visit! Cool new sites of old friends:

?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ Neva Talladen: Nev is a very, very good writer. Everyone’s been egging her to join the Palancas for sometime now, not that her talent needs validation. Visit her site and see what magic she can do with words.5
?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ John Lacson: Pao is a bright young entrepreneur, web designer, and car enthusiast. He’s also the person to ask about anything gadget-related — hehe I know I’m guilty of that.6

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I know I’ve been plugging about anything and everything non-stop but it would be great for all of us to support local talent, right? 🙂 On that note, please don’t forget to check out my hubby’s book Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat, still available at your favorite bookstores.

  1. how cute is that brand name?[ back]
  2. of course I can only imagine how good they must smell from here on the other side of the world wide web[ back]
  3. Just a bit of trivia: ten years ago, Arn illustrated for the album of Jeng’s former band Keltscross called “Revenge of the Fishlips“. In fact I had that album even before I met him! Art-wise, he’s gone a long way since then … see for yourself.[ back]
  4. Oh, back in 2000, we also designed the cd for Mitch’s other band, guess na lang which one (he has three).[ back]
  5. Also the longtime sweetie of our friend Monra[ back]
  6. He’s also Tippi‘s baby brother![ back]
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Find the outline, things will tell you their name.

Finally I can show you some stuff my Arn has been working on these past few weeks.

SonyBMG 2-in-1 Series

These four albums from SonyBMG are just the first batch of a series of 2-in-1 cds that feature the music of 90s bands like Yano, Sugar Hiccup, Sandwich and Color it Red. Don’t mistake them for greatest hits collections though – they’re actually a repackaging of two original albums per artist1 that came out in the last decade. So buying one cd will actually give you two albums for the price of one2, neat-o!

When we first learned that it was gonna be a series, we decided to lay it out similarly to the Eraserheads Anthology album so that they can be sold all together as a box set in the future. So now the challenge for Arn was how to make them all look similar yet different – like in Anthology, each illustration should also convey each band’s style and personality.

Arn did a pretty swell job, don’t you think? The illustrations are fab3 and he just kept amazing me everytime he whipped out a new drawing.

The cds go for P285 each, and please stay tuned because there are six more coming.

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As for me I’m still busy with the upcoming issues4 of WE but I’ll try to squeeze in a blog entry here and there as much as I can 😉

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Again, don’t forget to visit Blow-Up Babies at the Gateway Mall! And because we’re talking about 90s bands this week, here’s a bit of trivia:

Veda and Atari

These two pretty little girls are the daughters of two members of a now-defunct but still very popular 90s band5. Can you guess what band it is and which members they are?

Photos courtesy of Blow-up Babies!

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  1. I had just told some friends that it seems so cosmic that Arn is doing the repackaging of some of the albums I originally designed – for instance, the 2-in-1 Sandwich album contains “Grip Stand Throw” and “4-Track Mind“, both of which I did the original inlays for.[ back]
  2. and buying 4 will get you 8![ back]
  3. I wish I could post larger images but piracy, music and design-wise, has become quite rampant lately.[ back]
  4. Yes, issues, in plural form, you read that right. Please wait and see.[ back]
  5. Super obvious clue: Their rockstar daddies are bandmates in “Cambio”[ back]
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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my talented graphic novelist husband Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]

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