OVERLOAD - PANIC!
October 25, 2006

>The Black Parade Special Edition Box


>Giro 2007 Bike Catalog I posted a large cache of new illustrations on www.jamesjean.com yesterday. The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance) album just came out in the US, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the special edition box was put together. The final art was a bit more desaturated than my original version, but it should complement the photography in the overall package. Gerard Way had a very specific vision for the entire suite of images and characters, but my original contributions included the deer nursing the giant-headed baby and the massive heart pulsating in the background. The Giro catalog was also fun to work on: ballpoint pen drawings + loose photoshop painting . . . sort of a flashy digital version of my sketchbooks.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO Last month, I got a call on a Thursday from Atlantic records, saying they needed an album cover illustration for Monday. Yes, I panicked, but they wanted the deluxe package to emulate a vintage cigar box and circus posters, so I was stoked. My adrenaline spiked for the next 48 hours.


I love the type and colors in these posters. "Dude!"

This was the art director's original idea/sketch for the packaging. We talked a bit on the phone -- a sketch by Friday, approval the same day, 2 days to execute, and final on Monday. Perfect.


A thumbnail sketch I did in photoshop over the AD's original sketch for the box. Working out the composition and typography in a mad rush.


My final sketch, with type treatment. The AD seemed excited by the sketch, and sent it to the band. No answer. Saturday . . . no answer. Sunday . . . no answer. Finally, Monday: turns out P!ATD just wants their name on the box. Feeling sorely disappointed, I decline to finish the box due to lack of interest and time. However, I will be finishing up this illustration for an upcoming project with Adhouse books . . .