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Ghost Robot Ninja Bear

Featuring Oscar Albis Rodriguez of Nakatomi Plaza, De La Hoya, and A Great Big World, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear was a punk rock band out of Brooklyn, NY. As Oscar's solo project, he produced and recorded the album at numerous studios, with mixing done by J. Robbins of Jawbox and Burning Airlines fame. I was fortunate enough that Oscar asked me to handle all art and design for the self-titled release.
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Ghost Robot Ninja Bear
Ghost Robot Ninja Bear self-titled CD cover

The idea

Oscar wanted something that was reminiscent of the classic s/t record by The Stone Roses — a touch of Jackson Pollock with a whole lot of energy. It was out of my comfort zone initially, but we found a visual language that mixed the initial inspiration with the loudness of punk rock and the complexity and melody of Oscar's songwriting. We created a way to present his music that was a bit out-of-the-ordinary for both of us, but achieved exactly what we needed it to.
ghost robot ninja bear gatefold back
Ghost Robot Ninja Bear CD interior tray and panels

the format

Slightly prior to the resurgence of vinyl, our most cost-effective format was on CD. In order to give us the tactile quality we were after, we planned the design around a 6-panel digipak with matte-coated stock that achieved the feeling of a gatefold LP without the cost and complexity of a vinyl pressing. Win-win.
Ghost Robot Ninja Bear interior panels, cover, and back cover

the process

I treated the entire endeavor as a mixed-media project—combining handmade ink splatters, layered newspaper articles, illustration, and digital tools to create the final art. More organic and freeform than any of my prior music-related design, it was a challenging process full of trial and error. The final color and inking was done digitally to allow for accurate color control prior to sending it off to press.
hand holding ghost robot ninja bear CD showing the back
hand holding ghost robot ninja bear CD showing the cover
ghost robot ninja bear close-up photograph

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Ed Adams is a hands-on Creative Director, designer, illustrator, and motion graphics artist hailing from the highlands of New Jersey. All work and content is Copyright © 2024 Ed Adams and their respective brands.