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Eric Clapton’s ‘Old Sock’

April 19th, 2013 // Posted by Dan in Blog, DKNG Work, Illustration, Poster, Process, Sketch


↳ Click on or rollover the image above for a magnified view

We’ve been lucky enough to have the occasional chance to work for some of our true music idols, and in the case of this project, we had the chance to work with a true music icon, Eric Clapton.  For his new album, ‘Old Sock’, Clapton designed his own album artwork, mainly consisting of iPhone self-portraits and images of his own backyard.  To make the project especially exciting, the album would also mark the first Clapton album to be released by an independent label, San Diego’s very own Surfdog Records.  For the album release, we were tasked with illustrating a portrait of Clapton based on his own photo.  Portraits are always tricky in terms of how a subject wants to be represented, and in this case, we went through a few variations of the illustration – some depicted Clapton as a young man and some at his current age.  He eventually chose to be depicted at his current age because as David Bowie calls him, Clapton has become an ‘Old Sock’.

This poster will not be available for sale through our website as it was used exclusively for promoting the album in independent record stores and as gifts for the production team.  However, for a limited time, you can check out the artwork in person at your local Starbucks. The poster is a three color screen print and below are some close up images of the finished print, our initial sketch along with the album cover the illustration was inspired by.














7 Responses to “Eric Clapton’s ‘Old Sock’”

Adam Busby says:

Brilliant, just brilliant. I love the illustration style, and the colours used are perfect! Well done again guys.

April 19th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Andre says:

Great use of different line weights in this one. Are you guys sneaking upon more figurative work, or is it just coincidence that you keep getting these types of jobs?

April 19th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Dan says:

Adam – Thanks a lot!

Andre – Not a total coincidence. Most of our work leads to more work. Clients usually expect something simular to what we’ve done in the past. This style is something I explored a long time ago that most people don’t even know about:

I’m sure this job will get us another job simular in nature. The trick is to always fight to do something better and/or more unique so you don’t pigeon hole yourself as an artist.

April 19th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

mike g says:

I am new to graphic design and wanted to let you know that this is so encouraging and inspirational. I have only 1 year under my belt learning illustrator, photoshop, in design, and the rest of the adobe suite now since creative cloud came out.

thank you.

keep rocking

mike g

April 20th, 2013 at 8:40 am

JamesPeacockDesign says:

This is awesome work. It’s really inspirational and makes me want to take my designs to the next level. I realize I probably don’t spend enough time on a lot of my stuff. Again great work and keep it up. I’m a fan.

April 20th, 2013 at 11:18 am

Elliot says:

Simply badass. Where can I buy a print?

December 16th, 2014 at 10:40 am

Dan says:


The poster is not available for sale unfortunately.

January 5th, 2015 at 8:18 am

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