Above is the album artwork I created for Bangla Avenue’s debut album, “Kingbodonti.” Bangla Avenue is headlined by two Bangladeshi friends, Ifte Chowdhury and Gautum Saha, and is perhaps best described as jazz fusion, though they draw influence from a wide range of genres for their music. Ifte and Gautum wanted a cover that incorporated many of the motifs lyricized on the album and had a preference for a street art / graffiti look. I suggested that I super-imposed the artwork digitally over a photograph of a very “avenue-y” scene I took. I am very satisfied with the results.
Below is the logo I designed for them. There are three versions, each is a different version of the final color proof. They liked all three proofs and since the logos were, in effect, finished they decided to take all three to use in various instances. The design in the background is a – very graphic and simple – mandala. By stylizing the name as a street sign and placing the mandala behind it, a contrast between “Eastern” and “Western” elements was created. I originally intended to create the logo as a vector, but Ifte and Gautum liked the textured water-color look of some of my other artwork, so I chose to use a raster approach and draw the mandala with soft graphite to give it a soft, grainy texture. I also rendered the sign in graphite and used layers of different watercolor brushes and textures to create the green background. I think the results are elegant while retaining simplicity and readability.