Visual art has long been an integral accompaniment to the popular music album. The genres of hard rock and heavy metal in particular are extremely visual; the fantastic, the surreal and the symbolical lending perfectly to these realms of music. The psychological impact of a powerful album cover can add another dimension to the collection of songs residing within. Far beyond a simple marketing tool, album art has the potential to draw a listener into a heightened experience of the audio journey.
With the technological evolution of digital music formats and abundance of download access, the relevance of the album cover is called into question. Yet, for many musicians and music fans alike, the cover art and physicality of the recording is a crucial aspect of experiencing it and will remain so into the future.
This collection of illustrations were predominantly produced as album cover artwork. Having long been a fan of both heavy metal and fantasy art, it was only a matter of time before the two crossed paths in my own illustration. A strange journey of artistic exploration which began with a pair of oil paintings for Beastwars’ debut album. From the sublime, metaphorical visualisation of overarching themes to the literal depiction of song lyrics, each subsequent project has been a unique artistic endeavour only possible through the collaboration and art direction of the musicians who have engaged me to visualise their worlds.