Thursday, January 14, 2016

05 Best Book Covers of 2015

2015 has been a great year for readers. There were some fantastic books with some brilliant writers. Not only with storyline, there were some amazing artworks with book cover illustrations. There were many magnificent achievement on art illustration and The Poster World felt it should find out which five book covers were exceptional compared to others. Let's find out. 

1. The Girl on the Train (2015)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The book created an astonishing sensation on US and immediately became a bestseller. It created so much buzz even DreamWorks Pictures immediately bought the rights of this book. But have you noticed the book cover illustration? It's a masterwork by graphic artist Gretchen Achilles! As the fonts are moving we can understand we are on a moving object, perhaps on a train. It blends fabulously with the title of the book. A beauty on motion!

TPW Rating- 5/5
2. A Spool of Blue Thread (2015)
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
At first impression it doesn't look like a book cover, but at second glance you get sure that it is brilliant idea for a book cover. It's not easy to follow the name only and place a blue thread spool on the table with a camera ready for photographing. Cover illustration helped by spectacular fonts blend perfectly with the idea of everything Anne Tyler wanted to portray on her 20th novel.

TPW Rating- 4/5 

3. Finders Keepers (2015)
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
A true bloody cover of a Stephen King book! It is the second book of King's current Bill Hodges trilogy, on first of which he wrote one of his classics named Mr. Mercedes. Just look at the cover man! It's blood dripping over on a book. Definitely there are dangerous mysteries inside the book. Gory and classy!

TPW Rating- 4.5/5    

4. Twenty Years Eight Months & Twenty Eight Nights (2015)
Twenty Years Eight Months & Twenty Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Magic realism returns with a bang! Rushdie with a novel always means something special. Cover of the book also has a 'Rushdie' feel to it. On a quadrangle shape there are certain hints of story line. Background color and the catchy fonts are also creating feel good atmosphere into it. Seriously magical!

TPW Rating- 4/5

5. A Manual for Cleaning Women (2015)
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
The genius minimalist cover of the year! This book is a story collection of writer Lucia Berlin edited by Stephen Emerson. The cover illustration shows that it doesn't take many elements to give look to a book. It's as simple as a key ring. Soft colored background creates a beautiful contrast with the key ring. Calm and quite!

TPW Rating- 4.5/5

Monday, January 11, 2016

05 Top Album Covers from David Bowie Discography

The legendary musician David Bowie departs with a great career behind him. Throughout his career he had been one of the greatest and most popular British music figure in the Earth. His musical contribution is unparalleled to many of his time. Bowie culturally influenced generation after generation and created pop phenomena. On 8th January, 2016 Bowie released his final album named Blackstar and only after two days, on 10th January, 2016 Bowie died of cancer after suffering for 18 months.

The Poster World present it's tribute to this great artist by revisiting five of the best album covers from his glorious career.

1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Copyright- RCA Records
This fifth concept album by David Bowie is named after a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The cover for this album was really fascinating if we take notice of the time. Old, colorless buildings with dark clouds on piece of sky used as the background, most probably to build the inner of that fictional rock star. Mysterious and enchanting!

TPW Rating- 4/5
2. Diamond Dogs (1974)
Copyright- RCA
This eighth studio album by Bowie is also a concept album. You can see three human beings are somehow converted to dog. If you see the full cover (which is not shown on this cover) you would see Bowie himself had a pair of dog-like legs. This controversial artwork was done by Belgian master artist Guy Peellaert. It created buzz because on the main cover somehow the genitalia of one character was visible, which later was removed. But whatever the controversy is the cover looks brave and post modern.

TPW Rating- 3.5/5
3. Station to Station (1976)
Copyright- RCA Records
Regarded as one of the most important album by Bowie, Station to Station is his 10th studio production. The cover of the album was taken from a Bowie starrer film named The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg. As album artwork it looks fabulously intriguing.

TPW Rating- 4/5
4. Tonight (1984)
Copyright- EMI America
This is the 16th album by David Bowie and released on 1984. This cover shows Bowie gazing towards ceiling with a colorful flowery background behind him. Things match quite good and creates a romantic feel all in all. Subtle and beautiful!

TPW Rating- 3.5/5 

5. The Next Day (2013)   
Copyright- ISO and Columbia
Bowie returned with his 24th album after a 10 years break from music. This cover is quite significant because this is an adapted version of another album cover by Bowie. 39 years ago, on 1977 Bowie released his album Hero and it had the cover of young David Bowie. With The Next Day, Bowie wanted to step into the nest chapter of his career and that's why it was named so. Intelligent and emotional!

TPW Rating- 4.5/5  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Most Striking Film Posters of January 2016

Only three posters made the mark for The Poster World's January choice list. We had big releases (including biggies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Joy, The Hateful Eight, Point Break and many more) on December 2015 and January also wasn't quite remarkable like past years. There were many releases but the posters from those were not quite mentionable. Let's get into business and get to know about the list of posters that made the mark.

1. Band of Robbers (2016)
Copyright- Gravitas Ventures
This comedy thriller doesn't even have Wikipedia page, but still managed to make our top list. From January releases, we chose this bright red backgrounded poster. This poster's placing of characters is really cool. But there are uncertainties about the fonts. Title name looks average but the tag line's font looks really poor.

TPW Rating- 3.5/5

2. Aferim! (2016)
Copyright- Parada Film, Micro Film
Aferim! is a Romanian film releasing mid-January on USA. With the dusky look of the poster we can guess that there could be some Western element on the film. The simplicity of the poster is really striking and fonts are also blending with the poster design work. Cool and innovative thinking! Suggestion also exists to understand the storyline.

TPW Rating- 4/5
3. Jane Got A Gun (2016)
Copyright- The Weinstein Company

Another Western on our list! This Natalie Portman starrer film poster is really a very good composition of ideas. Gaze of the character, cloudy background behind, her holding of the gun, 19th Century dress-up and amazing use of fat fonts really mingle with each other and gives us a fascinating yet not spectacular poster. Grey and gloomy at it's best!

TPW Rating- 4.5/5

Sunday, January 3, 2016

04 Dreamlike Album Art from Baroness

Baroness is an American heavy metal band originated from Virginia and established on 2003. Many members of the band actually united under Baroness when almost all of them came from two other bands named Johnny Welfare and Paychecks. In last 12 years they have produced 04 fine music albums with critical and popular success. Along with the music, album artworks of Baroness also have generated massive praise. Last 18 December 2015, Baroness released their album no.4 Purple.

The Poster World brings to you all 04 dreamlike artworks from Baroness.   Artworks of all o4 albums were created by the Vocal and rhythm guitarist of the band John Dyer Baizley.  

1. Red Album (2007)
Copyright- Relapse Records
Artwork from Baizley is really remarkable. Use of red, background, birds, human body shapes along with blank expressions make this cover an amazing one. This theme was followed on later album covers too.

TPW Rating- 5/5
2. Blue Record (2009)
Copyright- Relapse Records
Another similar composition by Baizley. Again use of two figures blended with the color mentioned on album name. Use of nature with two beautiful ladies making this cover a celebration of art.

TPW Rating- 5/5

3. Yellow & Green (2012)
Copyright- Relapse Records
This time Baizley gets bit violent. There are human figures with few flamingos surrounding them. One lady is carrying flamed candle on her head, a sword on her hand and another's head is pinned. Mysteriously haunting!

TPW Rating- 4.5/5

4. Purple (2015)
Copyright- Abraxan Hymns
Another artwork inspired by the influence of nature. There are animals, flowers, sky lines and flowers all around 04 naked human figures. Baizley illustrated a perfect blend of his thought and with this cover really established his own language on art. Beautifully moving!

TPW Rating- 5/5

For more artworks from John Dyer Baizley you can visit- A Perfect Monster