Juxtapoz // Monday, January 14, 2008
Artistic talent Alex Pardee shot us a preview of his most recent work with Swedish heavy-metal giants In Flames. Pardee has been working with the group for the past couple of months on their new album, A Sense of Purpose. Not only did Pardee do the album cover artwork, which was revealed today (shown), but he also created a 20 page fully illustrated booklet to compliment the album!
"I chose to combine watercolor, guache, pen and ink, and digital illustration to create all of the artwork because In Flames had an extremely specific vision for the look of this album, and because they stressed how unique they wanted it, there was nothing to really compare it to or to draw from as inspiration, so I knew there was going to be some changes during the creative process because I wanted to make sure that their vision was translated perfectly. And with utilizing digital art in conjunction with traditional art, it allows me to change, push, pull, and in a way, sculpt the artwork until it fits their vision, without having to re create an entire painting from scratch with each change. Approaching this project was very intimidating because I had a lot to live up to, as they are metal veterans and this is their 9th or 10th full album, plus their last album was designed and illustrated by one of my major influences, Derek Hess!"
The album will be released in April. See more of Alex Pardee’s illustrative genius on his website.