Here’s two new shirt designs that come from the gatefold of the new Vallenfyre LP, Splinters. The designs are meant to have an old-school metal/crust look in both design and color way.
My latest project is an album design and illustration for Century Media artists Vallenfyre (UK) – featuring members of legendary bands I’ve been a fan of for nearly 20 years: Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) – Vocals and Lead Guitars, Hamish Glencross (My Dying Bride) – Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Scoot (Doom, Extinction of Mankind) – Bass, and Adrian Erlandsson (At the Gates, Paradise Lost, The Haunted) – Drums. Additionally, mastering by Brad Boatright, guitars and vocals for longtime fave From Ashes Rise, and recorded by Kurt Ballou of Converge at God City Studio. I’m beyond excited to be a part of this project, with these people. Everything was drawn and inked by hand, including a custom font I built and named ‘Splinters’ so the entire project has a unique feel. After a thorough run-through of different concepts for the cover, I came up with this one per their suggestion (even referencing some of my previous personal and commercial work) that it have an old school death metal look with some classic crustcore monochrome and angular spikes (splinters), keeping with the overall intent of the music on this, their sophomore LP.
Now! Preorders of the LP/Digipak/Shirt standalone or as a music/tee bundle are up now, as of April 3, 2014: http://www.omerch.eu/shop/vallenfyre/
Nouveau 3 – 16×20, metallic acrylics on canvas. I think I’m generally done with the black canvasses and ideas for this series. I really liked mixing classic Art Nouveau-Deco/silent film styled women with calligraphy and more interpretative brushwork and had a fun time learning some different techniques.
Miasma 2, 16×20 Silver/antique silver metallic acrylics on black canvas. Who knows what to call this – Crust Nouveau? Having a blast though. Shooting metallics is impossible…
Latest piece, Nouveau 2, metallic acrylics on wood. I really like doing these reverse dark-to-light paintings and having one element rendered tightly while the rest is loose and interpretive. I suppose at this point it’s not necessary to point out design devices in my work since I use the same ones over and over.
This is a new shirt design for Denver’s Call of the Void. I wanted it to be in a similar style to the other design I did for them. The design has a vengeful vulture stabbing two kitchen knives through a skull. Get the shirt here or get one in person during their Fall 2013 U.S. tour with Ringworm and Howl.
New piece is metallic acrylics on a scrap 24×32 board. Like much of my recent work, I used a loose splatter and render for the background, and sharper paint for the figure and typographic-styled embellishments.