We Built This City

We’re excited to reveal our new cover for Minorville, the upcoming album from Nashville’s finest: Derek Minor. With the help of Curtis Clark (or ‘Dad’, as we like to call him), we designed this from the ground up in approx. 2 weeks. With over 100 feet of basswood and baltic birch, Dad took our design and created an entire city in 50 hours. Each structure arrived safely in Seattle, ready to be constructed in the shape of Derek’s profile. When we were initially presented with the challenge of creating this album cover, this was the first concept we pitched – Many thanks to Derek and Reach Records for sending us off and running. Stay tuned for a full comprehensive “Making Of” film coming in the next few weeks, but for now – enjoy the teaser (Processed using VSCO film emulation):

13 Responses to “We Built This City”

  1. Ryan Toyota Says:
    June 21st, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Fantastic! Love to see how you guys work. I love that you choose to put in the time needed to get things right. So many others would just do a CGI render and call that good enough. This is really cool.

    Nice video edit as well!

  2. John Says:
    June 21st, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Good Stuff…and keep the videos coming! -Jp

  3. The Smallest City? | heresthatthing Says:
    June 22nd, 2013 at 7:15 am

    […] Via Invisible Creature Speaks (the blog of Invisible Creature out of Seattle, WA): process work for the new Derek Minor – Minorville Album Art. […]

  4. Matt Says:
    June 23rd, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Awesome work guys, it’s those extra steps you take that make your work that step above.

  5. Eric Moresea Says:
    June 25th, 2013 at 9:01 am


    Great, GREAT work as usual, you two!! The creative concept, time and effort put into this’s REALLY great!

  6. Angel Acevedo Says:
    June 26th, 2013 at 1:31 pm


  7. Marko Soini Says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Brilliant!! I got chills when I watched the video, this is how album art is done. Bless you guys in your work & music, thank you for years and years of inspiration.

  8. Steve Says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Ok this is sick!

  9. MeM Blog Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 2:10 am

    […] Esta firma ha diseñado varias portadas de cd, interesantes creaciones. Se pueden ver en su también interesante blog http://blog.invisiblecreature.com/we-built-this-city/. […]

  10. Danny Dinh Says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Still amazed.

  11. Stuart McCoy Says:
    December 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This is beautiful work and I applaud the creation of this in the real word but is looks like you had done some initial work in a 3d app and I’m wondering why you chose not to render the final this way as well? It looks like the city buildings were pretty basic shapes that wouldn’t have been very difficult to model.

  12. Don Clark Says:
    December 12th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    You’re missing it.

  13. Blake Says:
    May 19th, 2015 at 3:37 am

    This is amazing guys, but I’m still waiting for that full comprehensive “making of”. :,(

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Founded in 2006 by Don & Ryan Clark, Invisible Creature is a
multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio based in Seattle, WA.


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