October 15, 2015 - Here is where it all begins! I love Halloween time!! Got a mannequin head, voodoo skull mask, a blank white plaster mask, adhesive lettering, a top hat with a red rose on the side, paint and paint brushes. Just the basics, nothing extravagant or overly expensive. One thing I have learned over the years, that applies to both songwriting and artwork, is to keep it simple. If you try to throw too many ingredients in the soup it just isn't going to taste good anymore. The old saying is "less is more".
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The 7 deadly sins and their corresponding heavenly virtues are;
lust (chastity), gluttony (temperance), greed (charity), sloth (diligence),
wrath (patience), envy (kindness) & pride (humility)
October 31, 2016 - It is Halloween time, I had to share something new. This is a cool promo flyer that I made which features an old deserted church with the 7 heavenly virtues written in blood red.
December 15, 2016 - Here is the official front cover design for The Fools Mask. I am very happy with how everything turned out. I didn't want the cover to be too scary so I used cartoon and other effects to dull the overall appearance and make it more playful. The 7 heavenly virtues are in the background and the 7 deadly sins are on the actual Fools Mask. I chose yellow for my name and the album title because it represents caution.
December 20, 2016 -This is where the magic comes in! Check out this image from a distance. Doesn't it look like Jesus with a cross on his forehead? Kinda like a Shroud Of Turin? The actual image was of a wall with a window and flowers on both sides. I chose the original image because the frame in between the window represented a cross and I wanted something religious on the back panel to offset the intensity of the Fools Mask on the front cover. After I fed the original image into my digital editor and did a little experimenting, THIS is what emerged!! How perfect is THAT!! God is guiding me on my journey and good will always defeat evil.
January 9, 2017 -This is the 2 panels that will make up the inner sleeve for the CD. I decided, once again, to keep things nice and simple. The Fools Mask on the cover and on the actual disc (next image) can be a bit scary and intimidating, so I wanted to make sure to emphasize the 7 heavenly virtues in the inner sleeve. Afterall, good does ultimately prevail. YES, the QR Code does lead right here to this blog. I will also be creating another post that will contain all the song lyrics. I thought it was a clever idea.
January 9, 2017 - And here it is, the image that will appear on the actual disc!! I am very happy with how it turned out. Once again, I used a cartoonish effect to dull the scariness of the actual image and added a few other effects to create the old weathered/rustic look. I also thought it was cool that I was able to blend the mask into the background with the money. Greed is afterall .... the root of all evil!!