The festive season is over but this bell will ring forever in the hearts of all AC/DC fans. It is an honour, a privilege and my pleasure to work for the one and only original rock band again. Do not wait for thunder to roll or rain to pour to buy these shirts. They might be sold out faster than a lightning flashes across the sky. Click on the images.
This is the new Blind Guardian Metal Dragon Emblem that I have created a few weeks ago. It is now available on a t-shirt at the EMP Online Store. All pictures are linked to the shop.
In the last few years I have listened to the call of the female fans for a Blind Guardian design for girls. At the time I painted the emblem above inspiration hit me and I created a flock of metal dragons that emerges from the emblem. I hope you enjoy the artwork.
Listening to Valhalla inspired me to create this new t-shirt design for Blind Guardian:
These are some snapshots from the painting process:
I started out by tracing my initial sketch to bristol paper. This paper allows me to draw and paint with different media without warping when it gets wet. It is also bright white which is ideal for scanning.
Then I reduce the pencil lines with my kneaded eraser. Next step is a tighter drawing with my Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle. My favourite is the 6B pencil from this set. Here and there I make a wash with the Pentel Water Brush M. In addition to that I work with Black or Paynes Gray Watercolor and a brush.
It all starts with thumbnails and scribbles in my Moleskine Sketchbook. I usually carry two sketchbooks with me. A large and a small one. Whenever inspiration hits me I scribble on everything that I have at hand if those books are not around. I just need a pen and something to draw on to capture an idea.
As a fan of Blind Guardian’s music I am inspired by their songs and stories. When I create the album artwork I translate my inspiration from their music into my painting. Whether I work on a T-Shirt design or a cover: it is me as a fan who creates something for the fans of this music. Hidden in my artworks you can always find lots of hints that refer to the Blind Guardian universe.
One of the things I have to take into consideration when I draw is anatomy, the size relations between characters, objects and perspective. My oldschool approach to these things is to draw the object from different angles to experience any problems that occur first hand. I stick to a quote from my mentor Glenn Vilppu: “You do not see it until you draw it.”
Using a 3D model might be an easier option but it doesn’t give you the mileage and experience of drawing it for yourself. To get better and better at drawing you should practice a lot.
Below is a photo from the sketchbook that I used during the development of the album cover. The dragon changed quite a lot during the development and we decided to use a dragon without extra front legs (which I prefer).
I intend to post more about the creation of the cover over the next few weeks.
Today I am proud to announce my work on the new Blind Guardian live album Live Beyond the Spheres. It was exciting to create the artwork for the 3-CD-Digipack and 4-LP Vinyl Box Set and I am looking forward to holding the physical copy in my hands.
Check out the full announcement on the Blind Guardian website:
A while ago I started this artwork by playing around with ink. It is fun for me to experiment from time to time. In this case I started by randomly applying ink on my bristol paper. Then I chose the ink splodges that looked most intriguing to me and scanned them.
The next stage was digital painting. In this artwork I enjoyed playing around with forms and textures. With an artwork like this things evolve while I am painting.
This is the final result. Demons and Dragons – my favourite subjects. The t-shirt is available at the EMP online store. Just click on the shirt images below. They are linked to the shop.
This year I have once more had the pleasure of creating art for one of my favourite bands, Blind Guardian. I am always excited when the band approaches me to talk about artworks related to the music of Blind Guardian. These new paintings are linked to their latest album Beyond the Red Mirror. I would like to use the opportunity to share the new artworks with you.
If you are interested you can order the shirts from EMP. The pictures of the T-shirts below are linked to the shop.
Working with the band is a real pleasure because they know exactly what they want and understand how the creation of art works. Working with them is both challenging and gratifying.
Thanks for taking the time to view this post. It means a lot to me.