A fact: I had never designed anything for a country music group. As the wife of a classical musician and composer, and the mother of a jazz trombonist, both of whom have needed lots of graphic design over the years, country was a new genre for me. When asked to do a logo for a New York City-based country band, I said yes. Band leader, guitar player and vocalist Alex Kerckhoff provided some inspirational examples of existing CD covers and other graphics to help me get started.
After submitting multiple roughs for Alex and his co-leader to view, we settled on a western-influenced font which I then modified by adding more distressed texture. I designed a flourished ornament suggesting a guitar to place beneath the band's name. The overall concept was inspired by vintage whiskey labels (more or less!).
Creating the background texture for the logo was achieved by scanning the cover of my grandfather's animal anatomy book (art school reference book published in 1899), followed by cropping and piecing the image to the shape needed for the logo.
To view Island City Outlaws in performance, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/islandcityoutlaws. Follow them to receive information about their upcoming shows around the NYC area. Their first album has been recorded, so watch for the impending album release.