a post about various options for getting artwork done for your album. I forgot one great way to do this if you are a somewhat established band with a decent sized fan-base: hold a contest!
Make sure you provide all the templates and technical requirements upfront, and you'll be amazed at how talented some of your fans turn out to be. You can provide other prizes if you wish, but simply having the winning design grace the catalog of a band they like will probably be enough of a thrill in itself. As before, make sure you draw up some sort of simple contract laying out how the artwork can be used to prevent potential problems further down the line.
[UPDATE: We also had a reader going by the name of papernoise who said he'd be up for doing some album art for those looking for it... check his stuff out at www.papernoise.net]
[image via kevinbice.com]