Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Klaus Voormann

Klaus Voorman is a German born Illustrator who is known best for his artwork on the cover of the Beatles album Revolver. He is also a musician who became the bass player of the band Manfred Mann during the 1960s. After 1969 he became a studio bassist working on several solo projects. He played bass on just about every one of John Lennon's solo albums. He played with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson, Lou Reed, and many others as well. He met the Beatles in Hamburg during the late 50's early 60's. The top picture is a portrait he made of John drunk on a rainy night stumbling through Hamburg. He has all his Beatles Hamburg illustrations on his website.
Revolver has always been my favorite album, for its music and illustration. The illustration reflects the changes the beatles were going through. I like that it is in black and white, a large percentage of his work is black and white. I like the simple lines that construct the faces. The meticulous detail in the hair is very impressive. I like how it flows and tangles through the collage of photos and illustrations in between.

check out his website, he has a lot of impressive stuff---voormann.com

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