So some friends of mine have started a band called Woe to the Inhabiters, a Christian Metalcore band giving praise to the most high with their unique form of rock’n’roll. While I respect what these guys do and are about, I have to sympathize with them because they thought it would be a good idea to get me to design the cover for their demo, “Mountain Mover.”
My initial idea was to roughly draw some hands clasping two sides of a mountain in ink on watercolor paper, keeping the design minimal.
My drawing looked stupid. So I tried something else.
I painted an 8″x10″ canvas red with a white spot in the middle, then designed a stencil in Photoshop that was a collage of items including an anatomical heart with barbed wire around it, a stylized cross and a flame. I then got together source images of John the Baptist, a Cherub, an open Bible and three small crosses. After staining them with strong coffee, I wanted to arrange them around the painting and finish with some digital effects.
The coffee all but ate my images and my stencil didn’t turn out well. So I tried something else.
This time, I took a great artist’s rendition of Christ (stock photo) that showed pain and heartache, but strong passion and created a stencil of it. I then created a second stencil depicting rays of light protruding from behind him. Using the same canvas I had already painted on, I sprayed over it with the new stencil, scanned the painting in and added some digital effects in Photoshop. Finally, I branded it for the band with their logo and album title, delivering a design the band loves and I’m pretty happy with, myself.
I am in the process of having prints of the non-branded version made and hope to be selling them soon. Until then, enjoy the photo and the video of how I made it.