Illustrated Tapes 109: Hell on Wheels!

Curated by Haley Simone Potter
07.05.21

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Haley is an illustrator, a cartoonist, and most recently an animator from New Jersey, USA. 

Hey Haley. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

When I listen to music, I have a tendency to think about where I’d put it in a movie. My tape is a collection of songs that feel like you’re driving down a desert highway right before the end of the movie. I chose songs that had a fast rhythm and maybe felt a bit devious.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I assembled the playlist first because I wanted to be able to listen to it over and over while I was drawing. I always need a soundtrack when I’m working. From there, I wanted to create a cover that felt as immediate as the music itself, so I drew the car barreling down the road towards the viewer. I went through a few different color schemes, but the sunset just felt perfect.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Meat Loaf’s album cover for Bat Out of Hell is framed and hanging on my wall, so that’s an easy one. Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish are both iconic in their usage of visuals in their work. Jeff Rosenstock has not only created some of my favorite records of all time, but also some incredible album covers. We Cool? and I Look Like Sh*t come to mind because of his amazing sense of humor.


We Cool? – Jeff Rosenstock
2015, SideOneDummy /Quote Unquote
Photography: Andrew Kodama



Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf
1977, Epic / Cleveland International Records
Artwork: Richard Corben
Design: Ed Lee


What did you listen to growing up?

I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, punk, and a lot of Bruce. When I was introduced to the local music scene in New Jersey, a whole new world of tunes opened up. My taste has been pretty eclectic ever since.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Recently it’s been a lot of Antarctigo Vespucci, ManDancing and The Menzingers! With the nice weather approaching I like listening to albums that feel like summer.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

Right now I’ve been really lucky to be working on some cool freelance projects. In between those gigs, I’ve been getting back into painting. At the beginning of quarantine, I started developing a new method of working where I’d break down photos and videos of musicians I recorded at shows, and turn them into explorations of motion.

Where can we find you?

My work can be found at haleydrawsmusic.com, and on Instagram at @haleydrawsmusic.

Thanks, Haley!