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In episode 03 of the No Niche series, I join forces with artist and entrepreneur Pat Jamieson on how to make animated cover art specifically for Bernice Ye and I’s song “Asian Chicken Salad”.
Pat Jamieson is an actor, artist, and entrepreneur who has made cover art for artists like Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and many more. He’s a talented actor, rapper, and one of the hardest workers I know! Learn more about Pat & his work here.
Let’s get into what Jamieson had to say.
Hello, I’m Jamieson, a creative director, designer, actor, and entrepreneur. I’ve been involved in the world of art for 15 years, with the last 10 dedicated to professional work. In this blog post, I’m going to take you through my creative journey as a cover art designer and offer insights into what it takes to make it in this industry.
The Artistic Genesis:
My journey into the art world began by necessity. As a young artist trying to promote my music, I couldn’t afford to hire professional designers for my cover art. So, I had to take matters into my own hands. I started experimenting with various graphic tools, including Photoshop, and free programs available online. This self-taught journey, filled with trial and error, allowed me to evolve and develop my skills.
Early Success and Recognition:
My artistic talent was recognized from an early age. At just 7 years old, I was nominated for a youth art show in the state of New Jersey, making me one of the youngest ever to be featured in that exhibit. As I delved into graphic design, I saw the potential of new technology emerging, which excited me. This digital realm opened up a world of possibilities, enabling photo editing, manipulation, and creativity that were impossible to achieve with traditional paper and pencils.
Diverse Styles and Originality:
Creating cover art is not about simply slapping some text and imagery together. It’s about infusing a unique style and a touch of originality into every piece. There are countless styles to choose from—cartoon, painted, photographic, and more. The goal is not just to produce high-quality work but to make it stand out from the crowd.
I believe in diversity, not only in styles but also in collaborating with different artists. Every project is a unique opportunity to blend two creative minds and produce something that wouldn’t exist without our combined efforts. My approach is to treat each client’s work as if it were my own, ensuring a genuine investment in the creative process.
The Power of Trust:
One of my favorite moments in this creative process is when an artist tells me, “Do your thing.” It’s a moment of trust, where the artist places their full confidence in my creative vision. This trust is the foundation of a successful collaboration because it means the artist is not just happy with the work; they are ecstatic.
Advice for Aspiring Cover Artists:
If you aspire to become a cover artist, here’s some advice based on my journey:
- Start with Sacrifice: Success in this field takes time and effort. You won’t have a portfolio of 100 clients in your first year. Be prepared to work for less initially, but don’t make it a long-term practice. It’s about building relationships and trust.
- Collaboration is Key: Collaborate with clients, scratch their backs, and build your reputation. These small-time clients are your foundation. They may lead to bigger opportunities.
- Stay Ready: Opportunities can arise at any moment. Be ready to work late, put in extra hours, and meet tight deadlines. It’s a competitive field, and dedication sets you apart.
- Don’t Let Ego Rule: Early in my career, I mistakenly believed everyone owed me respect. I soon realized that respect is something you need to earn. Stay humble and work hard.
- Be Unique: Avoid repeating your work. Strive for originality and diversity in your designs. Remember, it’s not just about quality but the uniqueness of your art.
As an artist, I find immense satisfaction in creating cover art for music. The journey has its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I’ll keep pushing the boundaries of my creativity and collaborating with incredible artists to bring their visions to life. It’s a constant process of evolution and growth, and I’m excited to see where the future leads.
Thank you for taking the time to explore my creative journey in cover art design. Stay tuned for more insights and stories from the world of art and creativity.
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