Annabel Wright
Sonic Youth/The Pastels play the New York Dolls

Design Product & Packaging

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
For the sleeve of a record bringing together two cover versions of New York Dolls songs, one by Sonic Youth from 1992 and one by The Pastels from 1987 (which, as a member, I played on). The artwork had to reflect the personalities of all three bands in one homage-genious package (!)

How was the illustration used:
As a record sleeve for a 7” split single, which ended up topping the UK official vinyl singles chart in November 2021.

How did you make this work:
I made information drawings from watching videos of the New York Dolls. I used them as reference and painted lots of versions to get the right energy and composition. I wanted something indirect, not just about the New York Dolls but also about us looking back at them through time with 2021 perspective. I took bits from several artworks and combined them digitally for the final image.

Commissioner Name :
Dave Barker
Commissioner Company :
Glass Modern

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Annabel Wright has worked as an illustrator for over thirty years from her tenement home in Glasgow. Her work has been employed on postage stamps, wine labels and pyjamas, and by such clients as Financial Times, Penguin Books and The New Yorker. Her record sleeves for The Pastels, Teenage Fanclub and Sleater-Kinney sit alongside work for local community projects and climate activism.