Arkyoo is an illustrator based in Cagayan de Oro. She also sings and plays synth for the indie rock band Annalogue. Recently, the band’s music and her art were brought to life in the band’s debut EP release All Is Said And Done, released in August 31 of this year. The CD packaging and digital cover art features two of Arkyoo’s intricate illustrations. We talk to her about the story and inspiration behind the art, and the process that got her to the final work. Here’s what she had to say.
Arkyoo: The album design was inspired by old book illustrations, botanical drawings, and da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
With the band going through different phases and pauses, it made me think of how we have managed to find balance (we’ve been very busy with our individual careers and family) and make it this far. There has been a lot of patience, understanding, and growth among us in terms of our playing and attitude towards each other. In making the EP, we needed to apply that same approach to make things work. And, for sure, there’s plenty more to work on moving forward.
In reference to the drawings in the album, they reminded me of that balance and proportion (cover art) and us coming together to achieve a goal—like the bees coming for the flower (CD tray). “All Is Said And Done” was our goal, and the CD design, which had the same concept of symmetry, fit into it as well.
…they reminded me of that balance and proportion and us coming together to achieve a goal—like the bees coming for the flower.
The brush I used for the drawings creates this gritty pencil texture to resemble traditional art; pencil was my main medium of choice. In terms of the color, I’ve been using purples and pinks in my drawings for quite some time, so I thought I’d work with what I know.
It took a while for me to figure all of this out. I was glad the guys gave me freedom to make whatever I could. At the same time, I didn’t want to disappoint them by making something they didn’t like. In the end, I guess it was worth the late nights finding references and working on sketches and studies.
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You can also stream the EP via Spotify below: