My wife and her sister have recorded a couple of albums of songs for children. My daughter Elizabeth created the cover art. A friend had volunteered to do the layout, but it turned out he doesn’t know what he’s doing, so I’ve been working on it myself in the evenings. Here’s the first one, a collection of lullabies:
I’ve been using Paint.Net, which is quite clumsy. It has limited font capabilities, so I had to create layers with inverted colors to do the white text shadows, and a second layer of black text for bolding. The song titles on the back cover were much simpler because the background is lighter:
On this next collection of singalong songs, Angela does most of the singing, with her daughters Sara Elisa and Ana Isabel also participating, as well as Alicia’s son Juan Manuel. (The latter two were four when they were recorded, many years ago.) Alicia composed most of the music, adapting words written by a university colleague and by Angela. The title means “Stories that sing”. Each song is built around one or more values.The artwork is a very different style but was also done by Elizabeth. I’m not really happy with the font for the text. Maybe it needs more white shadow.
This is just a draft; today they’re recording a twelfth song, so the back cover will be a little different.
I’m also working on the lyrics booklets and CD labels. We need to turn both of these records in to the university before Alicia comes home on the 18th because they were developed as part of her job as professor.
Colombia had a thriving music industry when we were young, but most of the labels eventually moved to Miami because of the huge piracy problem that has developed. You can buy any movie or CD from street vendors for a dollar or two now. So Alicia pays for her own arrangements, studio time, printing, etc., except for a few projects she did with the university band.