Reckless Love Album cover

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  1. Andrew, lucky for you the internet is a big place so there’s no need to dwell on things you don’t enjoy. Go find something you feel good about.

  2. Luke, thanks a lot, buddy. Had so much fun working on this one.

    Max, that is crazy! Oddly enough, I’ve never seen that cover before. The Reckless design was influenced mostly by the Van Halen cover shown above (centered metal logo, 4-panels) but I certainly can see why that Wasp design came to mind, especially the colors. I just did a search and I guess that image was on the back cover of an album?

    Also, and to a lesser extent, Poison’s ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In’ was another influence. Check it.

  3. James,
    Yeah, I can see where the Poison one comes in :) So you’ve never seen the WASP one? Amazing really :) The back cover of The Last Command it is.

  4. Great work James! You rocked this piece. It must have been a blast to work on. If only every client needed awesome jobs done like this!

  5. James,
    I’ve been a fan of your for quite some time. I was originally drawn to your work because of your effective use of Bookman Swash. I was turned onto the world of retro-futurism around the same time you were as well. This cover is stellar. I recently designed one just like it! The similarities are striking, i just don’t want you to think i’m ripping you off. The project has not been announced yet, so I can’t post a link, but i will be sure to when it’s out, within a month or so. Props James, keep it up.

  6. this is really not my cup of tea. it should look more retro. i dont know… i donk like the supermarket look of it

  7. Worthless. I guess they asked for 80s metal glam thrash feel, but…no traces of originality here. Just a technically perfect, soulless execution.

  8. I’m really not sure why people keep ripping on this. James has, once again, nailed a style perfectly. He knows what he’s doing, why he’s doing it, and how to do it better than it’s been done before. And given the way that James talks with and about his clients (especially Reckless Love), it’s difficult for me to believe that he’d be content to produce anything “soulless”.

    As usual, awesome work James. I’m looking forward to whatever else you share with us here.


  9. I’m loving it as usual man. I was never a huge metal head but absolutly love the design style looking back. Modern-Retro is so much fun to look at these days when it’s done right. And you do it right.

    I just read a recent post by you on Twitter and was wondering if this was the collection of posts you were talking about. If it is, you’re right. The internet allows people with no talent, no creativity, no morals or common sense (which isn’t so common these days as it is) to be obnoxious idiots anonymously bashing people and their hard work with no worry of retaliation. I guess the only recourse is to delete the comment and pretend it didn’t happen or just leave it as proof not everyone has evolved as far as we would have liked by now.

    Either way, your real fans look right past these posts and feel bad for the jerks leaving these messages.

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