I recently finished the cover for Astronaut Down's upcoming album, Moths To The Flame. It will be available on iTunes by January -- details to be announced as I receive them.
Moths To The Flame
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The concept was pretty straightforward, harking to the album's title. Simultaneously, the client also expressed a desire to see a girl amidst an oppressive, scary environment -- with only a flame keeping the darkness at bay.
The flame is subtly drawn to evoke the shape of a phoenix -- a personal symbol I incorporated, and felt it wove into the evocation of the Dark Night of the Soul and consequent rebirth.
Rough Sketch 1
The client preferred for the girl to be looking at the flame, as breaking the fourth wall wasn't the intention. I agreed, and found the second take to be more visually effective.
Rough Sketch 2
Moths To The Flame, Blonde Variant
Acrylic and Digital
Since it was uncertain what hair color would work best for the piece, I did several versions (white, blonde, red, pink) for the band to look over and vote on. Eventually, it came down to either blonde or pink, and the band eventually decided on the pink version.
I was quite happy with this, as I'd begun to form an odd symbology in my mind about the significance of pink bobs with bangs. Strange, I know... but bear with me here.
It seems that the pink bobbed wig with bangs has entered into our cultural zeitgeist as an unspoken, but well-recognized motif. From its earlier appearances in films such Lost in Translation with Scarlett Johansson and Closer with Natalie Portman, and seeping into reality on the likes of Britney Spears or Jamie Lee Curtis -- it has become the uniform of lost innocence, encroaching chaos, a statement of unapologetic Sekhmet-ish feminine strength/hysteria, or all of the above. I mentioned to a friend that if Shakespeare's Ophelia existed in modern times, she would have donned a pink wig while handing out flowers.
In that way, I felt it fitting for the overall theme of the piece.
...Maybe I'm thinking far too much into this.