Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This illustration really caught my eye, while paging through Contemporary Graphic Design by Taschen. I didn't know what it was at first, a wax sculpture perhaps? Then I realized it must be paint over a person's torso, and anything that's not red paint is invisible.

It is a cover for "Manic Street Preachers:Lifeblood" record album. It certainly conveys a feeling of blood, and life. The photo is by John Ross, the company is Farrow. They did at least three album covers for this group, all in the same style. Fans would not even need to see the name of the group, or any other text- the image syles so iconically identifies who they are.

I like that it is both stark and organic at the same time, a sense of movement caused by the flow of paint.

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