I looked at a few logos from different genres of music to get ideas about what my artist logo would be. Considering he is a Blues artist there could be many options to go with: dirty south feel, old/broken guitars (jack white), Tennessee whiskey.. people sitting on the porch on hot summer nights playing dueling banjos. New york/Chicago style blues, inner city, poverty, living on the street - under bridges. He could even have a trademark of always wearing a three piece suit with a bowler hat.
The first logo I looked at was Parkway Drive's logo off their most recent album (horizons).
Rogue Status font and I like them. They are very eye-catching therefore I will be experimenting on photoshop with fonts like these.
The next logo I chose was The Doors because this is an iconic logo from the 60s and 70s, its also iconic for West American, especially California, culture.
The Next logo I chose, I am not really a fan of the band but, it was in my head so I searched it and it turns out their logo is pretty iconic amongst cult followers of their music. The band is Opeth.
This logo, straight off you can tell that they are not a pop-group from California. Extremely influenced by gothic writing, maybe even some Elvish or rune language. This logo looks like it is used to catch your eye (it did = why I chose it), it is bold with a big emphasis on the O. Although its cool-looking, with the gothic font, it may be misleading, the O looks more like a G, or a weird F and I. So I won't be using anything like this on my poster/album cover.
The next image I have chosen is the Misfits logo. I chose this because without the text you would already know what band it is. This image has become a 'cult' image amongst not only fans but other people aswell, average working class people to celebrities. The font is dark, eroded and accentuates the band's dark, gothic and grungy style. Its also in capitols, its bold to catch the readers eye and maybe to say 'we're the best' perhaps.
The skull is like a 2D stencil, as if an art student has done it - its not perfect, there are teeth missing and it only just resembles a skull. Skulls are well known for advertising metal, goth and rock bands and this is no different. The whole logo reflects the bands look, dark, facepaint/eye-liner, lots of leather, studs and chains. As an image it is well done to market the band and it is a well known logo. The text isn't that well known with the band, as in.. if you saw another people of text in the same font you wouldn't think 'misfits'. It is like the font of an old horror film, its jagged, out of place almost but still all together works well.
The last logo I have chosen is BLACK FLAG. This, much like the previous images is a cult image used on tshirts and other merchandise. Black Flag were considered to be the first punk rock band in the late 70's. The iconic four black rectangles are synonymous with the band and punk music in general. Even though it is so simplistic, music experts say its 'the perfect logo', I don't see it, its just a few black rectangles but even I know the band, recognising the logo from when I was younger. The font is standard. Bold, capitol and black, standing out on a white background. I've had ideas for things like this - simple fonts and simple logos, I will post a sheet of logo ideas in the next week.
So all in all I found out that, much like photography, you can create a masterpiece by accident. Or you can spend years trying to perfect a bands image and not quite getting there. I will try though.