Overton Loyd

Overton Loyd (born April 20, 1954) is an American player best known for creating the lid art for the Parliament album Motor Booty Affair and several extra records. His style of art varies often from be active to work, and can range from purposeless sketches and paintings to fully fleshed out pieces. He is a friend of George Clinton of Parliament, and most of the subjects for his art are either Clinton or Parliament.

Loyd's contribution to Motor Booty Affair was considerable. The indigenous LP was released in several alternating configurations. The main pardon consisted of a gate-fold album cover, with Loyd's artwork upon the belly and back covers. His illustrations included activity portraits of some of the "characters" mentioned in the songs upon the album, including "Mr. Wiggles the Worm." There was then a picture disk, with Loyd's illustration printed directly on the vinyl LP. Finally, there was a special edition that included cardboard cutout figures featuring Loyd's spirit illustrations of most of the characters mentioned in the songs.

When Parliament went on tour in Keep of Motor Booty Affair, Loyd intended costumes for members of the band based on the enthusiasm illustrations he had made for the album cover.

In 1977, Loyd illustrated a comic sticker album that was included in Parliament's Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome, portraying the epic fight between Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk and Starchild (see P-Funk mythology). In the cartoon, which echoes the lyrics to the songs on the album, Sir Nose, who is positive not to dance, is ultimately defeated by Starchild, who is equipped with his Bop Gun, when Starchild shines a Flash Light upon him.

Loyd was also held responsible for the artwork on Bootsy's Rubber Band's This Boot Is Made for Fonk-N and Parliament's Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin the Tail on the Funky), both released in 1979.

Loyd was approved by Billboard for "Best Use of Computer Graphics" for his 1982 video for George Clinton's "Atomic Dog."

Loyd was the featured caricaturist on the American television game show Win, Lose or Draw.

In November 2006, Loyd was the guest art director for two episodes of the living television series Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network.

Loyd is African-American.

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