Music. Everyone has their own tastes. Whether it is the casual music listener who uses the medium as a travelling companion, or the die-hard audio visual connoisseur who can tell you everything there is to know about their favourite band, we all share one thing. We all enjoy the pleasures listening to a tune or score can bring. Now myself, well I am more a film buff, but even I can see the importance that music has in our everyday lives. Iconic film scenes are made that way in some cases, by the musical score that surrounds them. So even with my limited music knowledge I can spot an iconic album cover or to. What artist Uwe De Witt has done has used this knowledge to create a pop culture spin on the cover art we know and love (much like artist Butcher Billy) into his own unique style of artwork.
Now as I have previously stated, I am no expert when it comes to album covers. So the examples you can see below have not been labelled with the album cover source. But you Cult Collective readers are a damn sight more intelligent than I am, so I know you will be able to piece all of the information together yourselves. I do recognise the variations on Iron Maiden cover albums though, all of which look great.
It is great to see how naturally the fandom characters intersperse into the album cover designs. Gambit and Constantine make a bang up Bowie, and Judge Death seems like he was tailored made to be a replacement for Eddie from Iron Maiden. It is testament to Uwe superb artistic skills that he can mimic each album cover, while adding his own spin on it. His keen knowledge of fandom and music artists means he can expertly place each character into the right album sleeve, making each one a whole heap of fun to look at. The little in jokes help to (check out the Batman Phil Collins mash up to see what I mean).
This is only a taster of the covers he has done and for a complete list you should check out his Deviant Art page. While you are at it do not forget to check out his other pieces of art on his official website and his Face Book page as well as the work he has done for the website Spacelord. It is going to be interesting to see what else Uwe has up his sleeve in the months leading up to 2015 and if nothing else my interest in music has greatly increased because of his work on show here today.
If they ever removed access to cat memes or videos on the internet then there is a good chance that the World Wide Web would shut down until further notice. Cats are everywhere! The other major thing people like me like to have a look at online is the world of fandom (or people falling over but I have omitted them because there is not much art on the subject!). So it was with much delight when I found an artist who had actually managed to combine these two into an awesome art piece. Here name is Jenny Parks and here is a wee bit about her from her own website.
Jenny Parks is a scientific illustrator that also happens to be a shameless nerd, with a penchant for drawing animals, dinosaurs, imaginary creatures… and occasionally, people as cats. Somehow, she found herself with a bit of internet fame with the illustration ‘Doctor Mew’, and has been baffled ever since. With a BFA in illustration from the California College of the Arts, and a graduate degree in Science Illustration from UC Santa Cruz, she now resides in San Francisco as a freelance illustrator, fulfilling her destiny to make a living drawing cute, fuzzy things.
She has most recently done variant covers for a few Marvel comics for their Animal Variant series.
Her prints show some of fandoms most famous creations shown as their cat equivalent. Below is a selection of some of my personal favourites from her online shop.
Doctor Mew.$15.00. 11×17 poster on 80# glossy paper.
Dexpur. $3.00. 4×6 Postcards on glossy card stock.
Daryl Dixon Cat. $10.00. 8.5″ x 11″ print on glossy paper.
Purrlock. $15.00. 11×17 poster on 80# glossy paper.
Harry Pawter. $10.00. 8.5″x11″ print on glossy paper.
Star Trekitties. $15.00. 11×17 poster on 80# glossy paper.
Batcat and Bane. $10.00. 8.5″ x 11″ prints of either BatCat or Bane Kitty.
Spider-Cat. $10.00. 8.5″ x 11″ size prints on glossy paper.
Catvengers. $15.00. 11×17 Poster, with all of the Catvengers assembled!
Some of Jenny’s variants are just as interesting as the prints for sale here and below is an a example of these fine pieces.
What I love about Jenny Park’s work is the way she has managed to pick just the right feline for the job. From The Hulk to Harry Potter the cats all share the characteristics of their fandom counterpart and even without the costumes you could hazard a guess on what character they are portraying. You do not even have to like cats to admire the clever way these pieces have been constructed. You can see more from Jenny on her website and the social network sites like Facebook and Twitter so if you dig her work here you should really check them out. They are purffeccttt……..sorry about that pun!