So, uh, I made this illustration some time ago for Witches of Dune, an alternative, all-female rock band from the Netherlands.
It’s just a neat, simple design. But it made for a welcome change from my usual work.
By the way, the idea behind the design is that — well, it resembles the alchemical earth symbol and, at the same time, it lends a “Dune” feel to their lettered logo. (You know, what with the Bene Gesserit being the witches of — exactly.)
A friend of mine has been pressing me for some time now to make a tattoo design for him: a variant of the Symbol of Chaos — specifically, one based on Morbid Angel’s seminal album, Altars of Madness. Last night I was like, ‘Alright, let’s go for it.’
The image below shows a first fleshed-out sketch. I think it looks promising already.
Fun fact (or supposed fact, according to Wikipedia): the Symbol of Chaos has its origins in the fiction of Michael Moorcock. You know, the guy who wrote, among others, the Elric comics? I always imagined it to be derived from the occult, like from, say, I don’t know, Aleister Crowley’s magical diaries… Heh.
One day you’re writing your first blog post in months, and the very next day you have something new to blog about again already…
I’m not one for blogging, alright.
Anyway. This logo is drawn, designed, or made, however you want to say it, in my traditional style. I’m pretty pleased with it myself, especially with the skull-headed letter T in the centre of the logo.
Now, I myself am a sucker for graphical — symmetrical — logos; the guys from Dauthuz, however, thought the other one better, more fitting — arguably understandably since this one doesn’t ooze old school death metal like an ‘old English font’. Oh, and then, of course, there’s the fact that the band name is derived from old English, or so I am told. So uh, yeah…
But, let me know which one you like best.
Lately, I’ve been practicing. Off the grid, mostly. But I finally have something to show and tell.
As you may or may not know, around 2002-2003 I started off as a logo designer in the heavy metal underground. After some years I got bored with designing illigible logos and started pursuing other interests. This week marks my return to the logo design biz.
Dennis Jak (of Nembrionic and Unlord fame) was the first ever to commission me for a logo design for his then band, Cardinal. This past week he contacted me again to design a logo for his newly formed old school death metal band, Dauthuz (featuring members of Disavowed, Synesis Absorption, Obsidian, and Eternal Solstice). How could I refuse him?
After not having designed a band logo in–what?–three years, it’s good to know I’ve still got it.
This one here is digitally hand-drawn in ArtRage and color adjusted in Photoshop. I got another one in the works, one in my traditional jaggy style, which I hope to be able to show somewhere later this week. So stay tuned.