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A couple of years ago, I was asked by Nowhere Nation to produce a number of illustrations to compliment the music in their latest album, Omicron and now the album has finally been released.
Check out the animated vector art and album here.
My illustration for the band has been gestating since I first signed on for the project over 5 years ago in which time several obstacles had to be overcome before its release. However, the band re-contacted me to renew communication after they invited me to see their show in Prague last year and the artwork proper began in earnest.
I suggested in my initial briefing with the band’s Robert Del Naja that a Jack Kirby-style cover would suit the nature of the release and I came up with a number of concepts before the idea of a super-powered Mad Professor blasting away at a horde of giant insects (referencing the Colorado beetle cover on the cover of their 1998 Mezzanine album) struck a chord and was completed in a couple of weeks.
Album available here: https://massiveattack.lnk.to/MadProfVinyl
For the their new album, Paradise, KMFDM supremo, Sasha Konietsko, wanted an artwork that would inspire hope in a world torn apart by tribal rivalries and hatred. As both of us are family men, it seemed appropriate to create an image that would illustrate our state of mind concerning the future of our children and immediately this post-apocalyptic scene popped into my head. Hold them close, teach them well and maybe their generation can accomplish that which we did not.
There’s a back story to the image I created for KMFDM’s latest album, Hell Yeah!
Back in 1994, I’d just moved into a new house in West London, renting a studio nearby as a workshop. No sooner had I acquired the keys when I got a call from KMFDM supremo, Sascha Konietsko, who informed me that he had to have the artwork for the band’s new album, asap. I barely had time to assemble my desk before starting the process of creating the image.
Unleashing the hack within me, I copied my face and hand reflected in a shaving mirror, adding the buildings behind almost as an afterthought. Despite the amount of fine detailing, I finished the picture well within my deadline.
Rather than mail it ahead of time, I decided to dwell a while on what I’d drawn, subsequently realising how powerful yet negative the image was. So, using another layer, I drew a cable within reach of the falling man’s hand, offering him a way out (if he chose to take it).
Over the years, it has become one of the images I’ve become most known for. I’ve been approached by people and told that the illustration made them stop and contemplate their lives before attempting suicide. Somehow, I’d accidentally created a piece of art that spoke to people in a way I’d never consciously considered during its creation.
Fast forward to 2016 and the news that KMFDM, once again, required a new BRUTE! cover. As I’d just launched the Tweak app, my time had been spent spent absorbing related articles and videos while how our lives are being shaped by smart phone technology was a recurring topic. During a phone call to Sascha, the idea of updating the Glory cover to address the concept occurred to me and, over the next few days, I embellished the initial idea into a story of sorts.