A Night Like This

  • Ruben Lee Dalton Band pop up hand-cut album artwork concept and execution by Croff Creative.
  • Ruben Lee Dalton Band pop up hand-cut album artwork concept and execution by Croff Creative.
  • Ruben Lee Dalton Band pop up hand-cut album artwork concept and execution by Croff Creative.

Hand-Cut  Album Artwork

A Night Like This was designed for an independently-produced musician

The challenge:

Create a realistic, yet not photographically-represented, scene of 65 year-old songwriter, poet, and Vietnam veteran’s debut as The Ruben Lee Dalton Band.

The solution:

Literally representing the lyric-rich content with the unfolding a historic edition of T.S. Elliot’s writings, the silhouette of “Ruben”, his dog, and a distant oak tree were delicately cut out of the page using an X-ACTO knife. The page was re-inserted into the book and photographed in front of a hand-painted and backdrop, lit from behind through pinholes, creating stars.

The inside credits and thank-you’s were set in a historic typeface with background styled to look like a well-aged book. The back cover shows the back of a book, wide open, with spine in the middle separating the track list and final credits. Type styled to look like it was gold foil stamped on the cloth cover.

The skills:

Blade, hand, paint, pins, lights, book, camera, Photoshop, InDesign