I’ll admit, Kid Cudi’s music hasn’t grown on me yet. I’m not exactly sure why. “Day ‘n’ Night” was cool. What he did with Nosaj Thing’s instrumental was good. The Lady Gaga beat was nice. But the album never clicked for some reason. Either way, that isn’t what this post is about. It’s about the cover art!
The artwork, Cudi’s face against a vibrantly colored full moon, was illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, a Jersey-bred artist made popular by his innovative use of oil paints, collage and mimeograph in the 80’s for Marvel and DC Comics. After a period of creating movie posters in the 90’s, he was approached by Def Jam to make an album cover for EPMD’s third release Business As Usual (above). Later he was commissioned to create the art for RZA’s first Bobby Digital album (above), using 70’s-era Blaxploitation film posters as inspiration. Also of note is his book Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (below), an illustrated biography of Jimi Hendrix, written by Martin I. Green.
Oddly enough, the first time Sienkiewicz work caught my attention was after seeing his amazing paintings in the third Venture Brothers DVD release (below). Look at Brock. He totally just killed a bunch of guys.