This was one of the first design projects that I did in college – before I even knew Photoshop. The assignment was to simply make a CD case by hand. I was obsessed with the Doors then so I decided to do Strange Days. I spent a lot of time conceptualizing before executing because I wanted to use translucent vellum papers, therefore all pages had to work together.
The above image is the cover. I used red and black Sharpies to draw fire and the album title on clear vellum paper.
The cover opens to reveal a portrait of Jim Morrison in his cool jacket and slick haircut. The bell hanging from his face signifies that he's singing. Notice one of the hands that's pulling the string to ring the bell from a page underneath.
I used graphite pencil to draw the guy. The Doors bubble portion is Sharpie on cutout rice paper.
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The reverse side reveals hands of each band member holding their respective instruments: drumsticks (John Densmore), guitar cords (Robby Krieger), finger pressing keyboard (Ray Manzarek), and the hand pulling the bell string from earlier (Jim himself).
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This is the flip side of the previous page. I individually cut out the rays to amplify the 3D effect and then cropped them alongside the gramophone to conceal the noodle-y arms underneath.
Here are the rest of the members in case you're wondering. The reason for covering up their eyes wasn't to be spooky, but because I couldn't capture their likeness... But! I also thought it gave it a cool mysterious look. I painted the background with acrylic paint and scribbled out the song names and CD info. The Doors '67 is cutout rice paper.
RIP Jim and Robby.