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SHAWN FINLEY: ROCK STAR

December 15, 2010

Shawn Finley occasionally collaborates with talented bands to solve some rock star-sized design problems. Such was the case when Chicago band Lola Balatro asked him to create cover art for their soon to be released album.

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Lead singer Paul Thomas had the idea to feature Lola, the fabled grandmother-turned-namesake of the band, on the stage as an aging, over the hill burlesque dancer.  Shawn sketched her with big fans and a cute face.

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He pulled shades of blue, aqua and black from the front cover photo to create some color consistency for Lola, who was to appear on the back with the track list.

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The band was so excited about the artwork, they decided Lola should dance on the front cover instead! The last touch was to make some disk art to match. “I envisioned what it must look like backstage after a crazy show and went with that,” says Shawn.

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