For the artwork of their most recent album, Little Fictions, British rock band Elbow worked with illustrator and cartoonist Robert Frank Hunter. Hunter is probably best known for his colourful but subdued work for the Guardian and the New York Times, but he’s also created quite a few books with Nobrow Press, such as The New Ghost and Young Colossus and most recently, the quite mesmerising, Map Of Days.
I mistakenly thought at first that the fetching illustration for the album was by (Hunter’s studio mate) Jon McNaught, especially with that very specific colour scheme. That said, Hunter and McNaught also seem to share an understated, sensitive way of telling a story, as in the short strip above, that Hunter drew for the New York Times.
Elbow has a real knack for finding exciting illustrators and designers for their albums. They previously worked with people like Mike O’Shaughnessy (for Leaders of the Free World) and twice with one of my absolute favourites, Oliver East (The Seldom Seen Kid and Build A Rocket Boys). Which reminds me : you need to check out Oliver’s books. Seriously.
(works by Robert Frank Hunter © their respective copyright holders, used for journalistic purposes)