I was real jazzed to be asked to illustrate the results of Tumblr Music's 2015 Bloggers' Poll. A select group of music bloggers on Tumblr are sent a survey that asks for their favorite albums, songs, artists, videos, etc of the year.
I worked with Nate Auerbach & Seth Shamban at Tumblr to illustrate the top 10 albums of 2015 as picked by the music bloggers. We decided to create an animated gif of this little tableau of a record listening session. Each record stacks from the 10th place to the 1st place album.
My aim was to reduce each album into a sort of icon that would be recognizable to fans in a flash. I listened to every album to get a feel for them. Then I listened to each album again while I was drawing their representations.
I've included the animation and each album individually. Here's a key to the albums:
10. Drake — If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
9. Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Empress Of — Me
7. The Wonder Years — No Closer To Heaven
6. Tame Impala — Currents
5. Father John Misty — I Love You, Honeybear
4. Sufjan Stevens — Carrie & Lowell
3. Grimes — Art Angels
2. Jamie XX — In Colour
1. Kendrick Lamar — To Pimp a Butterfly