Heartless – Hell is Other People LP-CD art and design

Here is the latest work I’ve completed for Pittsburgh’s Heartless. The LP is entitled Hell is Other People, after the Jean-Paul Sartre play No Exit, where it is revealed that the characters are locked in a room and have no torturers other than themselves. While working on visuals that would carry the theme, we came up with a central figure in collapse with disembodied eyes implying that these people are our judges, always staring. The back cover references isolation and broken teeth in the lyrics. There were some discussions whether this project would be in color or B/W, and ultimately B/W was decided, wherein the gatefold art needed to be done as well. I’m glad, and I love how the stark black with rough grey washes rounded everything out and gave the project a frantic, darkened look. Heartless‘ music is the real highlight (lowlight?) of all this – it’s a grimy, ugly and enraged slice of metal, hardcore, thrash and sludge all blended together into something really unique. This grey-blooded death beast was a true joy to be part of and I really moved forward with some of my own work. The LP/CD will be on Southern Lord, my favorite label and it’s easily one of the best. Needless to say I am excited and humbled.

Review on CVLTNation

Just got a stellar review from CVLTNation, a really great blog chock full of art, fashion, and metal/hardcore punk. I haven’t really gotten a lot of recognition or reviews outside of friends and a handful bands that I have worked with. I always get a bit nervous that I’m a hack (I am), but I’m glad others like what I’m doing. I think my artist’s “voice” is still developing and I like the trajectory I’m on into making more serious attempts at my work. I am really excited about this kind of feedback, thanks a bunch!

Gostworks t-shirt

Here is the new gostworks shirt in all its digitally-produced glory. I don’t have the option for black-on-black or collar print, but I think the final product came out pretty well. The print turned out nice and large with flat black print on a grey/black ringer tee, with back print on the neck nape. Zazzle’s quality is good, all things considered. The black shirt version I did had the Azrael piece from the bloghead and the results were not so good. Trial and errror, as with anything.

Since the design is a little busy, I’ll translate. I wanted it to have an art/ink theme, and so included ink nibs and pens with requisite India splatter. Aerial bombers were added to fill out the piece and are a veiled reference to the Bomber nickname I was given by some of the artroom crew at a local newspaper group. The slogan is “Sangue sudore e lacrime”, which in Italian is ‘blood, sweat and tears’. Rounding out the piece are the recurring knives I seem to be drawn to. I don’t think the shirt will be available publicly, but I might put together one that is, with less gostworks branding.

Misery shirt design

This is the new shirt design for veteran crusty metalpunks Misery. I was really excited and grateful for the opportunity to work on something for a band I’ve been listening to since I was 18 years old. Their new album Where the Sun Never Shines is out now digitally at their Bandcamp site and the shirt is themed after one of the tracks. The song is crushingly heavy and crust fans will not be disappointed. As for the design, I wanted to have a punk-standard gasmasked individual being reclaimed by nature with twisted tree limbs and leaves to reflect the environmental theme. There also needed to be an urban setting with the same commentary of renewal, etc. Hidden gems include vague references to Discharge, Amebix and Misery’s circular emblem. This shirt will be available at the top-notch punk printer Nightgaunt Graphics. Big shouts to Andy for hooking this one up.