John Faxe: I Am Awake

Type of project: Client project
John Faxe
My role:
Illustrator, Designer, Art Director
Concept, Illustration, Design
Sketching, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign

I was commissioned by Børge-Are Halvorsen from the Norwegian jazz band John Faxe to design the album cover for their latest album. The band wanted this album to be colorful with a happy feel to it, and they had a wish that the design would include an eye in some way.

The name "I Am Awake" comes from a Buddha quote from when Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment. He encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being. They asked him: "Are you a God?" "No." he replied. "Are you a reincarnation of God?" "No.” he replied. "Are you a wizard, then?" "No." "Well, are you a man?" "No." "So what are you?" They asked, being very perplexed.  Buddha simply replied: "I am awake.".

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