You ought to see my new mind… it’s up there in lights..

Dr. Edward Morbius: In times long past, this planet was the home of a mighty, noble race of beings who called themselves the Krell. Ethically and technologically they were a million years ahead of humankind, for in unlocking the mysteries of nature they had conquered even their baser selves, and when in the course of eons they had abolished sickness and insanity, crime and all injustice, they turned, still in high benevolence, upwards towards space. Then, having reached the heights, this all-but-divine race perished in a single night, and nothing was preserved above ground.

Panorama.

A few months ago I got commissioned by Dumbsaint an instrumental metal band based in Sydney, Australia; to illustrate and design there new upcoming album for vinyl. We’ve been friends for a while via Instagram and still maintain contact. However, due to reasons beyond my control and time constraints on their end, the illustrations fell thru. Eh, it happens!

The idea, whilst not initially explained to the band, was taken from an earlier sketch of a man in-front of a void. I manipulated that, blew it up and made him stand profile view in front of a pupil that was just about to grow larger from the contraction of darkness.That darkness can then be seen on the right side of the frame as psychotic transformation if you will. I must make point, this illustration was meant to be continuous, yes the right side connects with the left side creating one perfect eyeball.

The music is super heavy, like a mish-mash between This Will Destroy you and Sleepmakeswaves. While I’m not a massive fan of the post-instrumental drone genre, Dumbsaint are definitely one of a kind. Their music is not the integral part of the process. Indeed for every EP and album they have released a film is accompanied. Neat hey!

This new album, which can be found here: https://dumbsaint.bandcamp.com/
My favourite tracks are definitely 3 and 4.

My illustrations for the record and just in general can be found here:
http://instagram.com/dusoodoo

Now while the illustrations weren’t used, I am prioritizing the gatefold interiors, covers and sleeves I specifically drew for other means. Hopefully with the help of this blog over time I’ll be able to transpire into further specifics.

But just to stir yo noodle. Here was what was going to be the interior.

Works done on Stonehenge paper using Copic and Micron markers 0.05,0.1,0.03, 0.2, 0.5 and 0.8

The Nine Billion Names of God.

He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.

“Should be there in an hour,” he called back over his shoulder to Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: “Wonder if the computer’s finished its run. It was due about now.” Chuck didn’t reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just see Chuck’s face, a white oval turned toward the sky. “Look,” whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There is always a last time for everything.)

Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out. (Arthur C. Clarke)

Doctor! Doctor!

Clemens: Dillon and the rest of the alternative people, embraced religion, as it were, about five years ago. Tincture?
Ripley: I’m on medication.
Clemens: Hardly.
Ripley: What kind of religion?
Clemens: Some sort of apocalyptic, millenarian, Christian fundamentalist, uh…
Ripley: Right.
Clemens: Exactly. Point is, when the company wanted to close the facility down, Dillon and the rest of the converts wanted to stay. And they were allowed to remain as custodians with two minders and a medical officer. And here we are.
Ripley: How did you get this wonderful assignment?
Clemens: How do you like your new haircut?
Ripley: It’s okay.

Moebius.

Here is another one of the true saviours of contemporary conceptual art.
Sadly for us surrealist fanatics, Jean Giraud aka “Moebius” passed away in 2012.

Renowned for his beautifully minimalist/pointillist style, Giraud’s work can best be seen in early renditions of Metal Hurlant and Heavy Metal magazines in the early 70s thru to the late 80s. He later worked and helped design the spaceships and suits for Ridley Scott’s Alien, Luc Besson’s Fifth Element, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and even worked closely with Mousier George Lucas on the Star Wars films.

However most importantly, this post should acknowledge his incredible partnership with the wise old crack of Alejandro Jodorwosky. In 1972. Jodowoksy employed Moebius and a band of other extreme fanatics on a spiritual yet failed journey, of Dune (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WWu1kclNDA). After Jodorwosky left the bandwagon of films, he banded together with Moebius, where they wrote a series of some of the absolute weirdest and greatest science fiction graphic novels I’ve ever read. Most of which Dune included inspired the majority of science fiction films and regalia we have today.

http://butdoesitfloat.com/filter/moebius
http://www.sci-fi-o-rama.com/2012/05/07/jean-giraud-moebius-8-may-1938-10-march-2012/