Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Halford - Live At Saitama Super Arena

Making a cover for the Metal God is obviously a true privilege, whatever be the style required for the project. For this release, I originally proposed something very dramatic and elaborated in the line of the fantasy genre (something more in "Bergamin style"), but ultimatelly Mr. Halford and his management decided to go for something much more simple and straight forward... which I think is very reasonable.

The image featured behind Rob Halford is the Saitama Super Arena Building (Japan). Photo material of the arena from that angle
at nightime were unavailable so I have to paint it from scratch using small res pictures as reference.  This was a very important directive; they wanted the arena in the cover.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Enciende Tu Mente (Turn On Your Mind)

The concept for this one is kind of elusive. As the band originally explained, it was about expressing yourself against a hostile society. Projecting your inner self energetically. "Enciende tu Mente" is spanish for "Turn On Your Mind" so that may deliver some clues.   The TV sets are just a way to represent a hostile social environment; envy, prejudice and worse.

For me, this is X-Men meets Carrie.

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Cover Art

 Cover Art with logo and title

 Concept Sketch