The Breeze: Cover Concept And Design
Throughout his career, Eric Clapton has taken an active role in designing the packaging for his albums working with many different artists, photographers and graphic designers. It was no different with Eric Clapton & Friends’ “The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)”. During recording sessions last year in Los Angeles, Eric conceptualized JJ's face in the clouds for the album cover. To execute his idea, he reached out to well-known manga artist and anime character designer, Yushiyuki Sadamoto.
Eric previously worked with Sadamoto for the cover of his 13th studio album, Pilgrim, released in 1998.
Yushiyuki Sadamoto is best-known as the character designer of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and as the author of its manga adaptation. He has also done character designs for the .hack game franchise, Nadia, FLCL, Diebuster, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Summer Wars. Alpha, a collection of his illustrations, has also been published.
The Breeze was released in July to critical acclaim and topped the charts in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium.