Secret 7″ Competition

by marthrhiannon

I have recently submitted some pieces to Secret 7″, an exciting project which works with musicians and artists in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The competition is to design a seven inch vinyl sleeve for one of seven artists(although you can design one for each artist if you so wish). These designs will then be voted on and the winning designs will then be available to purchase in the Idea Generation Gallery, London. Twist is, the buyers will not know who created the sleeve or what song is contained within until they have bought it! Exciting.

I have a bit of time on my hands at the moment but I like to keep busy so I ended up designing 4 sleeves: Florence + The Machine, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard and DJ Shadow.

Very happy with these:

This piece was created using fineliner pens, pencils, handmade textures(tea and watercolours) and photoshop.

And this one was a bit of an experimentation. I usually stick to fineliner pens but thought it would be good(and good fun) to play around with markmaking using pens with acrylic and inks. I also edited slightly in photoshop, just to up that contrast and add a slight background texture.

Fairly happy with this one:

This was really my first foray back into landscape(or seacape) painting. I haven’t painted a seascape in quite some time(and have never explored it properly) so it was really nice using acrylics again in this manner.

This one could use some work, its a little washed out(not striking enough) and I’m not sure the composition is quite right:

Overall, had a great time and found myself improving quite a bit with all the practice. Looking forward to checking out all the other entries, had a quick peek and some are looking REALLY good.

Oh and as there’s voting, I’ll be a bit cheeky and say “If you like any of the submissions, please vote for me!” Thank you:) (Voting begins 6pm today)

In other news, had my first proper rejection from a card company yesterday, woohoo, first of many in my professional career I’m sure:) And working on my online shop so I can start selling some prints again!