Levi Wilson Part 3: Design and Illustration Work Part One

In my last couple of blog posts, I talked about my digital painting and 3D work. In these next two, I will be discussing my design and illustration work. 

One of my main goals is eventually to work for bands and other vocal artists, specifically in alternative subcultures such as the metal and punk genres. I’m especially interested in poster work and various kinds of merch design, examples of which are featured below. This is because I find music to be a significant source of inspiration for my art and design work. Just for reference, I’m the kind of person who creates music videos in my head when I listen to the same music over and over and this can be a great starting point for paintings and illustrations.

The Altar of Papa Emeritus IV, and unofficial commemorative CD box set for A Final Gig Named Death, 2021, digital media and print mockup
The Altar of Papa Emeritus IV, and unofficial commemorative CD box set for A Final Gig Named Death, 2021, digital media and print mockup

This first project is an exercise in taking a creative approach to CD box design, and for this I chose the band Ghost. Ghost is an occult rock/metal band whose schtick is that they are a satanic version of the Catholic church, with the front man character usually being an anti-pope named Papa Emeritus. They take visual inspiration from a lot of Christian religious imagery, so I wanted to choose a format that would best fit their aesthetic. I chose an altarpiece because not only did I think it was the most appropriate, but I also thought it would be an interesting problem to solve. I took inspiration mostly from the Isenheim Altarpiece, but I plugged in the various characters from the Ghost universe/lore. The illustrations were done in Procreate on my iPad pro, and the formatting was done in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. 

Illustration and event poster design for the band Calabrese, 2021, digital media
Illustration and event poster design for the band Calabrese, 2021, digital media
Illustration and event poster design for the band Calabrese, 2021, digital media

This second project was an exercise in illustrating and designing event posters. For this I chose the horror punk band Calabrese and created an imaginary tour based off their most recent album Flee the Light. I also incorporated the goat-man imagery from their album cover and the music video for “He Who Flees the Light.” I made the illustration in Procreate and arranged the logo and text in Adobe Illustrator. 

These projects aren’t the first fan works I’ve made for bands, and they won’t be the last. This is especially true for the band Ghost, which has been my favorite band for almost 3 years now. If you’re interested in seeing what I do in the future, whether it’s music-related or not, you can head to my Instagram, @leviathancrowart. 

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