Happy New Year!

It's New Years Eve and I just finished a month-long self-imposed vacation from freelance art. 2010 was an incredibly busy year for me. I did 3 paintings for Oceano, a shirt for Cattle Decapitation, about 7 pieces of various merchandise for Six Feet Under, and many more. I figured after essentially working 2 jobs all year long I deserved a little break for the holidays to keep myself fresh for 2011. 

While a lot of the Six Feet Under is still under NDA, they have announced their new DVD entitled, "Wake the Night: Live in Germany", which I did the cover design for. I had a lot of fun with this one, because I usually just go for a straight up illustration approach, and this one was a little more "designy". I know that SFU is pretty excited about this dvd, so please check it out when it's released in April! It's sure to be brutal!

As for what I'll be working on, I do have a couple of announcements. Behold the Monolith is coming out with a new album and they have asked me to do their next cover. If you've been to my site you have probably already seen my previous album cover for them, so you can be sure it will be pretty nutty. That's still a little ways off, though. The next immediate thing I'll be working on is an album cover for Italian band, Dawn Under Eclipse. They have and awesome concept for their cover and I am really excited to start on it in a week or so. There's already a lot of other things lined up for the year, too, but a little early to announce them. 

So with that, I hope everyone has a very metal new year and stay safe!



Labyrinthe Cover

Here's a cover I did for the deathcore band, Labyrinthe. It's for their new album, "Puzzle of Flesh". As you can see, the cover design is fairly literal in that sense. We wanted to keep it fairly simple for budget reasons, but I still wanted there to be a strong focal point, so I removed and offset the center piece so you could see the fleshy bits beneath. I hope you enjoy the artwork and if you are a fan of deathcore, check out their samples!


Holiday Print Sale!

Until 2011, I am have a 25% sale on all of my prints (which mostly takes off the shipping price for all intents and purposes). After this sale is over, there won't be another sale for quite a long time as I'll be refreshing stock with new prints and moving into the convention season. So if you have been holding off for whatever reason, now is the time to grab one! If you've never seen a giclee' print before, they really have to be seen to be believed. Visit the store, HERE and use the code "BLACKXMAS" for the discount. (paypal account required).

Information about the prints:
These prints are fine art quality (giclée) prints and are printed with archival inks. The paper is a Lexjet semi-matte (similar to photo-paper) and is roll-able, but durable. 


Goofy sketches.

Of course, I know the reason everyone comes to this site is for the evil album cover artwork. But sometimes a guy has to let his goofier side show. If you haven't checked out the "Cartoons" section in a while, give it a glance! I've been adding a lot of my "Dustyverse" warm-up sketches in there. Some of them are even safe for your kids to view. 

I've been enjoying making these enough that I may even do a branched off website in the future of some kind. Whether that is a web comic or something like that is still undetermined, but it's a possibility either way! Hope you enjoy!



Final piece of Contagion.

Tuesday, November 9th is the day Oceano's new album, "Contagion" comes out. Since I made quite a bit of artwork for this album, naturally I want everyone to go check it out! Here is the final piece that will be featured in the packaging. As you may well be aware by this point, "Contagion" is a concept album and each painting I made for Oceano was a small glimpse of the tale that is told in the lyrics of the songs. In this piece, the government-led force that created the virus in the first place is gunning down the result of their experiments. 

As far as other projects go, things are ever busy on my side. I have done a lot of merchandise for Six Feet Under that should be making it's way online soon and I'm currently working on an album cover for the band, Labyrinthe. And to round out 2010, Behold the Monolith have asked me back for a second time and I'm very excited to get to work on that. There's more stuff I have on the horizon next year so keep checking back.