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Posted on by Ryan

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I was asked last year to illustrate my third record cover for Providence based metal band HOWL. I’m really stoked that they’ve stuck with me since their first EP. They’re really good guys and I love doing work for them.

Early on we batted around record title ideas and once “Bloodlines” was introduced as a possible title, the concept came together pretty easily.

All the visuals were inspired by lyrical content and both the band and I wanted to have an image with a lot of elements that would take time for the viewer to soak in. I tried to have all the characters and elements interacting and overlapping as much as possible.  The blood was one of the more difficult but fun elements to draw for the cover. Figuring out how it would flow and move throughout the frame and around the characters took a while to sketch out.

The band wanted a bright and vibrant cover and I thought it would translate best if we kept the colors in the same family. Once I settled on a specific red for the blood the rest of the palette was pulled from that.

This was a really fun project and I’m stoked that its finally coming out on Relapse in April. Thank you Howl and Relapse.

Here are a few photos of some rough and final pencil sketches before the ink drawing was done.

-R