The latest in my series of music - related posts, this time featuring one of my favourite pop groups from the 80s, The Human League. Like many groups of the time, their sound was elctronic, which for some reason resonated with my young years and stayed with me in adulthood.
I always thought lead singer Phil Oakey had a great voice, really powerful and evocative. Even as a kid I always used to think that backing singers Joanne Catherall and Susan Suley were bad dancers, but the whole package had a unique sort of charm.
The video for 'Don't You Want Me' was a big moment, with a great video and fantastic thumping bassline driving the groove with those pained, shouty vocals carrying it off beautifully. The League have lots of great tunes, but another major favourite of mine has to be 'Human', if only because it's produced by, and has the signature 80s sound of production team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
I'm relatively pleased with the results of this image, but there are problems with it, particularly Phil's face, which I just couldn't get a hold on. I tried not to put the same level of hatching detail in everything, keeping it only to the faces and rendering the clothes more graphically. This took me a while to do as I had to do it in pieces around lots of other things.
Below are some images of different stages in the process of making the image, as well as some clips of the League's finest moments.
As always, enjoy!