Daily Archives: November 21, 2011

Illustration – My song pick (Oblig 3)

Another mandatory hand-in at the start of the week.

“A musician or a band contacts you, and ask you to do a visual illustration of one of their songs.
Choose the music your self.

The goal of the task is to create a new and original expression to the song, as the illustration is supposed to give the music another dimension of depth.
Solve the task in Photoshop – but the illustration also have to contain vector graphics produced in Illustrator.
The illustration is not supposed to contain any text or lyrics.

Make a poster in the following format:
50x70cm with a 3 mm bleed and in a 300 dpi resolution.”

I instantly started thinking of which song I wanted to make this illustration for.
I went through many bands in my head, and a lot of my favorite lyrics.

I landed on ‘WASP – Hold On To My Heart’.

This is the song:



There’s a flame, flame in my heart
And there’s no rain, can put it out
And there’s a flame, its burning in my heart
And there’s no rain, ooh can put it out
So just hold me, hold me, hold me

Take away the pain, inside my soul
And I’m afraid, so all alone
Take away the pain, is burning in my soul
Cause I’m afraid that I’ll be all alone
So just hold me, hold me, hold me

Hold on to my heart, to my heart, to me
Hold on to my heart, to my heart, to me
And oh no, don’t let me go cause all I am
You hold in your hands, and hold me
And I’ll make it through the night
And I’ll be alright, hold on, hold on to my heart

This great little tune is from WASP’s album called ‘The Crimson Idol’. Basically the whole album is based on a story of a teenager called Jonathan Aaron Steel.
Jonathan runs away from home when his brother is killed in a car accident, as he’s got issues with his parents.

From here on, his life becomes complicated, and he wanders the street with his guitar.
On his way to stardom, he becomes addicted to alcohol and drugs – and cocaine in particular.

‘Hold On To My Heart’ is one of the last songs on the album, where Jonathan is tired, and in need of help.

This particular album is Blackie Lawless’ concept album, and it’s very different and more mellow than any other rock’n’roll tunes the band has ever done.

I’ve seen it live, and it’s amazing. Definitely one of my favorite bands of all times.
Correction – Blackie Lawless is one of my favorite musicians of all time, as he’s basically the songwriter and the only original member left in the band.

This album lies close to my heart – and I know every single lyric, finger pick and chord played on it.
Quite a natural pick for my illustration.