Jackie Greene is a singer-songwriter from Sacramento working in the same traditions as Dylan and the Dead. For the first issue of our second year in print, Sactown decided to make him a cover feature and show a little hometown love. I really wanted to give him his “ready for a closeup” moment. I was really into aping George Lois at the time so I found spark in his famous Nixon cover from 1968.
We had this one sketched out before we shot it (beautifully by the brilliant Max Whittaker) , and we simply tried out staging it all in-camera but it wasn’t quite giving us what we needed, regardless of how we configured hands or put people on stools r in crouched positions. Ultimately, we shot most of the hands separately and I composited them in in post.
The type treatment was a lot of fun to do as well. I mixed a couple typefaces and added swash and flourish to give my version of a luxe 70s album cover/t-shirt/band logo. Something to find Greene’s sound and the great musical tradition he fits in to.