Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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OYTF_Mar'14

"Anchor" (Mar'13)

A painting for the Cactus Gallery's 9 year anniversary...Acrylic on Canvas, 11" x 14"

ZAPTRA's "Pulular" E.P. project

ZAPTRA is an LA based electronica band, fronted by the multi-talented Art Paz. ZAPTRA's new E.P. release, "Pulular", marks my fifth year working together with Art on visuals, and it has been my pleasure to be a part of the ZAPTRA vision. For "Pulular", we wanted to create something mysterious to accompany the naked, intimate feel of the E.P. Early on, Art expressed that he was interested in bio-luminescence imagery, creatures that dwelt miles beneath the deepest ocean depths. There seemed to be a visual symmetry between deep ocean and deep space, so why not try to combine the two somehow? This time around I wanted to stick with a hand drawn feel, a marked departure from the last releases that were essentially more design based. We also talked of a "fetal/alien" iconic figure, to represent this dawning of a new direction, with a third eye looking to the future. Other ideas stemmed from images of circulatory systems, nerve endings, veins, etc which eventually lead me to the pattern designs that wrapped around the final "alien" figure, which were loosely based off muscle and tissue structures.
Some early thumbnails trying to break through to the final image....
These two sketches, the main figure "alien" and the textural "veins" completed in June'13, served as the inspiration and foundation for the final artwork. I originally created the alien's "entrails" on multiple layers, but decided against it and simplified them as one unifying piece. The artwork would go through varying stages of development until Feb'14 when it was finally completed and sent to press.
Various stages of layout and color comps for the front cover...
These last two were close, but decided they were moving away from our original concept...
The final artwork for the front sleeve...
The final artwork for the backside sleeve...
The "veins" also became very useful as the final artwork for the CD face...
* * * You can listen or download ZAPTRA's "Pulular" E.P.HERE

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Owl Bookend - DEC'13

Made this for the Cactus Gallery as part of a group show "Mini Treasures"...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013