March 14, 2006
Garden Ruin Earlier this year, Joey Burns from Calexico contacted me about doing the album art for his next album. I was already familiar with their special sound, having heard them on KCRW, so I was very interested, especially after he mentioned that he liked my travel scketchbooks. Once in a while, a rare project comes along that promises to be fulfilling both intellectually and spiritually (usually, brute intellect trumps the soul, and photoshop scrubs it clean), so I was grateful for the chance to take on this project. He sent me all the music he was working on for Garden Ruin, and I drew inspiration from the lyrics.

> graphite on bond, scanned into photoshop, with type and rough digital color.

> revised sketch after talking a bit more with Joey.

> acrylic on paper, 12 x 22"

> revised color in photoshop, along with some careful dodging and burning.

> type drawn with india ink.

> interior art for the liner notes. Again, Joey gave me free reign with these drawings.

> Calexico's next album will be out soon, but I highly recommend all their work -- thoughtful, lyrical, eclectic, and lush.