Video of the Week: The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Album Artwork, Captured in 18 Minute Short Film

(Reprinted from Open Culture)

b1 [Converted]This eighteen minute documentary takes you inside the work of David A. Smith, an English artist who specializes in “high-quality ornamental hand-crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors.” (Got that? You may want to read that last part again.) In something of a departure from earlier projects, Smith designed an ornate “turn-of-the-century, trade-card styled album cover” for John Mayer’s album Born & Raised. His work is meticulous and exacting. And this “Behind The Scenes” film, complete with commentary from Mayer and Smith, captures the artist’s process in loving detail. Now please sit back and enjoy.


The music of Mayer’s album is a perfect match for the art of Mr. Smith, and makes a great soundtrack for the film depicting his antiquated craft. If Mayer is smart he’ll keep this artisan on retainer and give all his future albums an unmistakable trademark style, as Yes did with Roger Dean and the Moody Blues with Phil Travers. That said I hope the job pays well; I can’t imagine many album covers have required more hours of painstaking work than this one did.

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