When initially planning the Mansun Convention I started thinking about what would make a good photo op for fans. For example at Star Wars celebrations you can pose with characters and sets from the movies, and I wanted to provide something similar at my event.
So I thought I’d have a go at recreating the album cover of Mansun’s second album, ‘Six’, as a life-size set piece for convention attendees to become part of.
Here’s the original album cover:
The idea I had was that fans sit in place of the central figure, surrounded by real books, against a backdrop featuring the rest of the artwork. My first step, then, was to work on the banner. I cut out the parts I wanted to remove.
Then I printed this out, and used a pencil to sketch the parts that I needed to draw back in.
I then scanned this back into photoshop and used this as a guide to recreate the tiles, lion, zebra, stairs, painting, bannister, back of the TV and the hem of the nun’s dress.
Once completed I sent the artwork to www.bigartandbanners.com who did a cracking job of printing a 7 foot square banner for me. It’s huge, and just about spreads out onto my kitchen floor!
The next job was to recreate the books that are spread out on the table. I picked up a selection of old hardback books and created new dust jackets for each of them, closely matching the look of each one on the original cover.
All the books completed, along with my vinyl copy of the album:
And the final job was to write out the lyrics of ‘Legacy’ for the subject to hold.
Finally setting this up for a couple of test shots was a great experience, I’m glad to see that it looks impressive and the effect works. I can’t wait to see people using this at the convention on August 23rd!
There are just a handful of tickets left for the convention, to buy one click here: http://www.seetickets.com/event/mansun-convention/the-live-rooms/772971