Finlay MacDonald

Digital Designer based in the North East of Scotland, specialised in graphic design, 3D modelling and animation, games development and mobile application development.

CD Album Cover 'House of Gold and Bones'

Looking out a broken window at a wasteland. Front cover artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour Looking out a broken window at a wasteland. Front cover artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour
The front cover of the album created using Adobe Photoshop. Click to view the full-size image.

Brief:

Create the artwork for an album cover, iTunes icon and CD for a band of your choosing. All material used should be free to use for commercial purposes. I really enjoyed working on this brief as it allowed me to pick the music artist and be as creative as I liked.

Looking inside an abandoned building. Album lyrics are on the walls and tables are overturned. Inside artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour Looking inside an abandoned building. Album lyrics are on the walls and tables are overturned. Inside artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour
The inside of the album artwork. Click to view the full-size image.

Techniques:

I first sourced dozens of images to be used in the artwork before quickly organising them in Photoshop. Using the pen tool, I removed unneeded areas so I could first experiment with composition.

An eye looks through broken glass. CD artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour An eye looks through broken glass. CD artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour
The disk artwork. Click to view the full-size image.

I used a mix of layer masks, overlays and adjustments to achieve most of the effects. Custom brushes were used for the scratches and scuffs. The clone stamp was used with layer duplication to patch in areas that needed to be removed. The glass proved quite challenging as I tried balance opacity with transparency.

An eye stares out from a bonfire. Rear artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour An eye stares out from a bonfire. Rear artwork for the album house of gold and bones by Stone Sour
The rear artwork. Click to view the full-size image.